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Old 12-16-07, 10:34 AM   #1
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First Time Simi Rider w Qs

Hey all -

I did my first Simi Ride yesterday and I gotta say it was FREAKIN AMAZING!!!! The sheer speed of the first hour was nothing like what I had experienced before in a group ride (outside of racing). As I sat in the draft at the back of the pack I was thinking to myself WHO is pulling this train along at 35 mph and what planet are they from?! What an amazing training ride. I'll certainly be back.

I started from Lassen and Topanga and ended up having to finish my ride by going up Topanga w tons of traffic. I must have made a wrong turn somewhere.

Here is my question. When you do the Simi Ride where do you park/finish to avoid being on heavily trafficked streets when the ride ends?

Thanks much in advance for the help and happy holidays.

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Old 12-16-07, 10:50 AM   #2
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It's an amazing experience isn't it? Anyway, where you started should be great, but you probably want to return by going around Chatsworth Lake. I always got dropped and had to return on my own as well. Try this.
http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...hills/22545850

A word of caution" Watch signs carefully in the parking lot. My car was towed while I was on a Simi ride.
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sorry, can someone explain what is Simi Ride? sound amazingly challenging
would like to read more about it. thanks
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sorry, can someone explain what is Simi Ride? sound amazingly challenging
would like to read more about it. thanks
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I did my first Simi Ride yesterday and I gotta say it was FREAKIN AMAZING!!!! The sheer speed of the first hour was nothing like what I had experienced before in a group ride (outside of racing). As I sat in the draft at the back of the pack I was thinking to myself WHO is pulling this train along at 35 mph and what planet are they from?! What an amazing training ride. I'll certainly be back.
Hey Gene! Glad to hear the ride was fun. I'm sure "The Ranchers" solidly represented the 805. I want to go with you guys next time.

So, who was driving it at 35mph?!? (Actually, I'd guess it was probably the same guy who's been driving it for, what, the last 20 years...)

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Hey Gene! Glad to hear the ride was fun. I'm sure "The Ranchers" solidly represented the 805. I want to go with you guys next time.

So, who was driving it at 35mph?!? (Actually, I'd guess it was probably the same guy who's been driving it for, what, the last 20 years...)

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Last 30 years?
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Old 12-16-07, 01:57 PM   #7
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Last 30 years?
Last week, I heard one of the Simi vets say that he thought Thurlow might be the 2nd most "naturally gifted" cyclist in US history (after Lemond). It was said off the cuff, so don't hold him to it, but it lets you know a little about Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.
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Last week, I heard one of the Simi vets say that he thought Thurlow might be the 2nd most "naturally gifted" cyclist in US history (after Lemond). It was said off the cuff, so don't hold him to it, but it lets you know a little about Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.
I will add a little anecdote to that. In 1978, LeMond and Thurlow were both juniors, but LeMond was the one widely recognized as a superstar talent and he was already on a meteoric rise. He would regularly enter and win cat 1-2 races. Thurlow was also recognized as very good, but his dominance was still just in the junior ranks. Well, that year the USCF held a try-out camp to determine which juniors would represent the US at the Junior world championships. The camp consisted of 4 of 5 races, and the placings went a long way to deciding the team. One of the races was a tt, and tt'ing was one of LeMond's strengths. Thurlow won that tt. Back then, training was pretty simple... you just went out and rode your bike. A lot. Results in tt's were a great indicator of aerobic power, and Eddy B. knew it. Thurlow showed that he had perhaps the best aerobic engine of any of that crop of juniors (which, besides LeMond, also included Ron Kiefel, Chris Carmichael, Alexi Grewal, Steve Tilford, Greg Demgen, and a handful of other cycling luminaries).

So, in short, it could be argued that Thurlow is every bit as naturally gifted as LeMond! (I will leave it to somebody else to discuss his exit from Europe...)

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Last week, I heard one of the Simi vets say that he thought Thurlow might be the 2nd most "naturally gifted" cyclist in US history (after Lemond). It was said off the cuff, so don't hold him to it, but it lets you know a little about Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.

I've been around a while and I've heard that from numerous people including an Olympic gold medallist who rode as a teammate of both Thurlow and the 7-time tour winner. The Coors Classic DVD set shows a lot of Thurlow in his prime. I've heard snippets about the Euro exit, so I really can't comment.

BTW Mark has been around about 10 years longer than me.
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Hey Gene! Glad to hear the ride was fun. I'm sure "The Ranchers" solidly represented the 805. I want to go with you guys next time.

So, who was driving it at 35mph?!? (Actually, I'd guess it was probably the same guy who's been driving it for, what, the last 20 years...)

Mark
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Hey Mark -

This ride was MADE for killers like you! SB was well represented w Corey, Benko, Dave L and Blingerman hanging in there with the best of 'em (Clinger, Wordin & Thurlow were 3 mutants I recognized). Rumor has it Corey actually dished out some serious pain on the final climb. I was able to stay in contact during the first half of the ride (chased one time after a climb w Mark Luke to get back on terms), but was shelled on Mullholland (god was that humbling). That said I'll be back. It was WAY too much fun not to do again, and again, and again. We gotta get the Ranchers AND the Platinum guys together and go do this!

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Old 12-16-07, 03:33 PM   #11
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It's an amazing experience isn't it? Anyway, where you started should be great, but you probably want to return by going around Chatsworth Lake. I always got dropped and had to return on my own as well. Try this.
http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...hills/22545850

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Hey UK-

Thanks very much for the mapmyride link. I'll give that a try. Thanks also for the heads up on where not to park! Nothing worse than getting thrashed on a killer ride and then finding your vehicle was towed. Had my car been towed yesterday I probably would have thought I was hallucinating or something because I was thrashed w a capital T. I went to Baja Fresh, ordered a chicken burrito, and ate it like a rabid, wild animal! Thanks god no one was video taping me eating that thing. It wasn't pretty!

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park across the street from baja fresh in the strip mall area. there are a bunch of guys that suit up there and ride over the hill just to get warmed up.

here's a bit more detail from socalcycling
From November to February each year, the Simi ride comes alive! Starting early in November with a shorter 35-40 mile course, the ride soon expands to it's full length of approximately 70 miles by January. This ride is famous for not only it's beautiful scenery but also for the riders it attracts. In the 80's riders such as Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten were reported to have frequented this awesome ride. Today it's a who's who of National and International pro's especially in January when the ride grows to an amazing 250-300 riders..
Heading out west through Simi Valley the first 8 miles or so is slighty downhill (after the short climb over Santa Suzanna which is done prior to the start of the ride). The Simi ride really begins at about mile 10. Before you know it, you are climbing through a series of short but difficult climbs and hoping that you can catch up with the group at the next stop. Stop you ask? Yep. This ride is kind enough to slow down and even stop twice to wait for those whose legs aren't quite as lively. This is definitely one of my favorite rides but unfortunately I only do it a few times a year. It's quite a drive from my neck of the woods but still I try and make the trek out as often as possible.



Day Saturday (November to February)
Start 8:00am at Lassen and Topanga Cyn in Chatsworth, CA
Main Start 8:15 at Los Angeles and Kuehner in Simi Valley, CA
Distance 35-70 miles (after Jan 1 it's always the 70 mile loop)
Duration 3.5-4 hours
Route click here for a detailed route map (text) http://socalcycling.com/Group%20Ride...simi_route.htm
Notes There's a great little pasta place right at the corner of Lassen and Topanga when the ride is done. Bring a few bucks and pig out after this grueling ride.

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BTW Mark has been around about 10 years longer than me.
Hey redal, I recently raided my parents' photo albums for some of my old racing photos, and I found a podium pic of Ryan Lane (I think Redlands or Best of West) and a cocky pic of Eric Wochna finishing a stage at the Tour of the Future. If you want to see them, I'll try to scan them in some time soon.
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Oh, but someone was there with a camera. And it looked a little something like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf3OZElzNKA
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park across the street from baja fresh in the strip mall area. there are a bunch of guys that suit up there and ride over the hill just to get warmed up....
Thanks. I realize now that my mistake was not going left on Old Topanga. Lesson learned for next time (once me and my quads are on speaking terms again).

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another option that a team mate of mine used to do is to park closer to the end of the ride. he used to park near warner center at the park on topanga. you could also park at the commons so that once you got over 7 minute hill you're basically done and saving you the 10 miles of slogging back up to devonshire or so when you are completely drained. it means you have to get up a littler earlier but you will also be pigging out sooner.
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