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Old 08-20-14, 12:22 PM   #1
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Visiting Oxnard, want to ride to Malibu and back

What's the PCH like mid mornings, windy or calm ?

Route would start in Oxnard, and maybe end at Pt Dume or Zuma beach (as a turn around point).

Are there decent and safe 'facilities' for water and relief along the way, since this will be unsupported (unless my wife meets me for lunch at Neptunes Net).

Avg road pace is 14-15mph considering wind and elevation.
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Water/bathrooms at Sycamore Canyon park, a few miles past Los Posas Road interchange. The porcelain facilities are at the north end; otherwise there are port-a-potties. Water is from spigots and is safe to drink.

Zuma Beach has 'decent' facilities. There is a Starbucks, grocery store and Chevron mini-mart at Trancas Canyon on the east side of PCH. Should be all you need for a round trip from Oxnard.


Have never experienced any safety problems at either spot; but as always be aware of what's around you.

Mornings should be reasonably calm. Winds this time of year tend to be from north to south; so you may have headwinds on the return, particularly on the more open sections of PCH south of Oxnard. Traffic is fast and gets busier the closer you get to Malibu. Space gets tight around Zuma Beach and Neptune's Net, particularly on the ocean side where the cars park.

If you feel like a challenge, head up one of the canyon roads - suggest Mulholland or Encinal - even for just a few miles. Or, for a nice turnaround loop, after Zuma Beach go right on Westward Beach, left on Birdview by the Sunset restaurant, left on Bluewater, left on Dune, right on Heatherclif, which will then take you back to PCH. Go left to return to Oxnard.

Have a safe ride-
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The prevailing wind along the coast will blow you south east and it will be stronger in the afternoon. I couldn't tell you what time it picks up from "present" to "noticeable" though but it's pretty stiff in the afternoons.
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Thanks for the insight, nice to see it coming from fellow Roubaix riders too!
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Last time I did that ride our group leader took us through a really great residential area at Zuma that allowed us to skirt a good portion of the busiest part of PCH. Went by Barbra Streisand's house, too, supposedly. Sorry I hadn't paid better attention but it was (traveling southbound) something like Broad Beach Rd. to the Zuma Beach Access Road. Then to Westward Beach Rd./Birdview Ave./Cliffside Dr./Fernhill Dr./Wildlife Rd. Maybe someone with a little more knowledge of the area will chime in with better details or maybe a Map My Ride link.

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(Edited to include the Broad Beach portion of the ride)

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Thanks HD

Another question is regarding traffic. This will be a solo mid week 9am ride, so I'm going to guess parking along PCH won't be as slammed as a normal holiday or busy weekend?

I know how it gets during the weekend, and that lil 'bike lane' gets very crowded.. trying to know what the chances of getting 'doored' will be.
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You know, we rode part of that route for the Cruisin the Conejo century in May on a Saturday (i think it was probably late morning when we went through) and it didn't strike me as being excessively crowded or anything. You should be much better off during the week of course but I wouldn't really worry about it on a weekend either.
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Conditions may have changed, but while you're riding south on the ocean-side of PCH, you might want to sneak a look over at the land-side of PCH to make sure it's wide enough in places. They had those jersey-turnpike barriers that made the bike lane even narrower, and the auto traffic along there goes pretty fast.
I took my bike on the train up to Santa Barbara and rode at a touring pace all the way back down to San Clemente last year. It was awesome, and there were a lot of neat things to see. Made me patriotic about California, how bicycle friendly it's gotten along PCH.
The Southbound/ocean-side of PCH is nice and wide. You should have a great time!








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