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    Century ideas from the Valley

    I've been working toward preparing to do a 100 mile ride. My longest so far has been 60 miles. I ride alone primarily since my work schedule doesn't seem to be conducive to group events.

    As I get closer to the 100mi mark, I'm looking for suggestions on where to go.

    I live in the San Fernando Valley, not too far from the Orange Line bikeway, near Woodman. I prefer riding from my own front door. If I'm going to ride 100 miles, I may as well ride from my home rather than driving to the route.

    Some possibilities I've considered: Take Sepulvida to Manhattan Beach, continuing south along the PCH to Long Beach and back. That should be about 100 round trip.

    Take either Sepulvida or Topanga Canyon to Malibu, and continue north, to the outskirts of Oxnard and back.

    Stay in LA, touring the city somehow. There's an LA river loop?

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I'm going to do this in August, so heat could be an issue inland.
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    June's LA River Ride century included a trip to Long Beach and back from Griffith Park (70 mi) plus some loops to make up the 100. If you start and end from your door you could make it (a pretty flat) 100 with a few detours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdanel View Post
    June's LA River Ride century included a trip to Long Beach and back from Griffith Park (70 mi) plus some loops to make up the 100. If you start and end from your door you could make it (a pretty flat) 100 with a few detours.
    Sounds great. Where do I find the route map?
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    The final route slip doesn't seem to be online but there's information here, including this:
    What is the route of the River Ride?
    Final route cues will be given to all River Riders the morning of the event. At this time, the description below is the best information available to date, but it is still subject to final confirmation, and may change slightly before the day of the race.
    100, 70, and 50 Mile: Starts at Griffith Park, Park Center. Riders begin riding down Crystal Springs Drive and enter the LA River Bikeway at the 5 freeway overpass/Autry Museum and proceed downstream (south). Riders exit the Bikeway south of Fletcher Street, and detour through the city via streets. The final route to be determined but may include Riverside Drive, San Fernando, Avenue 19, North Spring Street, Alpine Street, Cesar Chavez, Boyle Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard, Grande Vista Avenue, and District Boulevard. Riders enter the South County LA River Bike Trail just east of Atlantic Boulevard in the City of Vernon, and continue downstream to Rosecrans. At Rosecrans, riders cross the River to the east bank with a rest stop at Ralph Dills Park in the City of Paramount. 50 mile riders turn around at the City of Paramount. 100 and 70 mile Riders continue south to the Port of Long Beach area and then travel on surface streets to the pit stop.
    The round trip proceeds back upstream, retracing the same route in reverse, with a minor modifications in the last mile. See route slip on the day of the ride for final details.

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    You could watch the SFVBC website schedule and pick a route you like, then print it out. If you can't ride with the club, go it alone. If it's hot, your beach route sounds O.K., but don't take Sepulveda all the way down, go closer to the water.

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    other options:
    head out towards westlake village and down to the coast and back sepulveda or topanga

    over santa susana pass and into simi and then down to westlake village and back on agoura road or up to moorpark and back via the 126 and canyon country

    sierra hwy out to acton and back soledad canyon

    these will all give you a bunch of miles just add a little more on to get a century. remember google maps is your friend

    take the train to santa barbara, ride back (pretty flat, lots of tailwind)

    if you know far enough ahead of time when you are going to do let us know, maybe someone will go with you. it's alot easier with more than one person

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