I'm looking for a partner for weekend rides starting/ending in DTLA (or Metro Rail -accessible points). Current distances are mid/upper 30s, looking to build to low/mid 50s. Typical cruising speed is 17-20. Anyone interested?
I am in LA and ride 20-60 miles but I do not maintain a speed of 17-20. I would say I am more iike average of 10-12 with some periods over 15mph on flats. I dont like feeling any stress to ride faster than I am comfortable. I do sunday rides with the West LA Cycling Club. They are on meetup.com, they are at my pace. We leave from Marina Del Rey, ride to Palos Verdes and back. I usually start from home in Baldwin Hills (east of Culver City) now which is mid LA. I do other rides around town on my own and other group rides i find that arent too fast. Check out flying pigeon bike shop rides, google that, there are some monthly rides with them but they are under 20 miles roundtrip and no faster than my pace. If you havent found it yet, google midnightridazz and see all of their rides. I havent been doing them.
Check the ride schedule for the Pasadena Triathlon Club (http://pasadenatriclub.com). Some of our Saturday rides start in Pasadena at Jones coffee, which is off the Gold Line at Del Mar, or in Sierra Madre, about 4 miles from the Sierra Madre Villa station. Usually a main and a coached ride option, both of which can be pretty fast, your range being right in between them. Distances will range from 30-70 miles.
You dont have to drive to ride to go to MDR. You can bike from home to MDR and then do the group ride, that is what I do. From DTLA you can take the bike lane on Venice Blvd the entire way. Or you can get on the Ballona Creek Bike path at National and Jefferson in Culver City, which takes you to MDR.
Also the fast rides of WLACC are not held in MDR. They are organized by Stein and so far he has held some in the Griffith Park area and also driving to bike on the SART. (I havent attended those.)
PTC has had some rides of interest, so I'll keep an eye on them.
To clear any misunderstandings: (1) my flatland cruising speed is 17-20 but my overall beginning-to-end pace is in the 15s, so I'm not a fast rider; (2) I want to keep the start/end points near Downtown or within a mile of Metro Rail.
If you take the new Exposition Metro train to the (current) last stop west you are at Jefferson and La Cienega which is within a block or two of of the start of the Ballona Creek bike path.
So if you did that you would be on the metro, then on the path for about 8 miles then you could be in MDR for the Sunday WLACC rides or also there is another group ride Sundays in MDR that is faster, that leaves from Dock 52 in MDR. They have a website you can find it googling dock 52 bike ride in MdR.