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Any SoCal Clydes doing Cruisin the Conejo?

Old 04-29-14, 12:21 AM
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Any SoCal Clydes doing Cruisin the Conejo?

I hear it's lovely, and there be alpacas in them hills.

I just signed up for the century and I'm sure EJA_Bottechia is doing the longer metric and tunavic promised he'd do the century as well.

Anybody else? Anybody slightly taller than me who rides slightly faster than me who wants to do wind breaking duty for the 13 mile stretch along PCH?

I've driven in the Santa Monica Mountains once or twice but never ridden in there, so I'm pretty excited.

Oh, and where is that flipping "Rock Store" corner? It's marked on google maps but it looks like an actual rock store, not the corner where people do dumb things on bikes.

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Looks like a nice ride but I'm not ready for it yet. O well have fun.

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Sadly, I'm out. I think I need to get that on the calendar for next year so the committee knows not to book us on anything that weekend.
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
Sadly, I'm out. I think I need to get that on the calendar for next year so the committee knows not to book us on anything that weekend.
Damn committees!

My committee has to drive my son to San Bernardino for his game. 2 of 'em! Starting at 8 am!
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I'll be there riding the Cruisin' the Conejo's Century with my Agoura-based Serious Cycling shop biker gang. I'll be the one with the Serious kit and the bright orange POC helmet...

Every Tuesday evening my other biker gang, the Conejo Valley Cyclists group, does the same Rock Store loop that the Tour of California racers will be riding for the final stage of the race. Difference is the racers do four laps; once is plenty for most of us. We head out at 5:15PM and if you can get away and want a preview ping me and I'll send you details. I'll be riding it tonight and most likely next Tuesday evening, too.

The Rock Store climb is about two miles long, heading southbound on the Mulholland Highway starting at the store that gave that stretch its name. The Rock Store is only open on weekends and is a popular gathering place for motorcyclists and car folks. There's generally no major problem sharing the road with all the Ducatis and STis - although it's quieter in the early mornings - except on Sundays, which can get ridiculous.

The twisty stretch of road called "The Snake" is about halfway between the store and the summit and a photographer stakes out his spot on weekends taking pics that motorcyclists, drivers and bicyclists can see and buy online at rockstorephotos.com.

The two-mile climb has a grade that's probably ranges somewhere between about 8 to 12 percent. The pitch varies a lot but there aren't any flat sections. It's not so steep that anyone in reasonable shape would have trouble but it will definitely have your full attention...

Hope to see you at Cruisin' if not sooner.

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I just signed up for the century.
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This is one of my favorite local event rides... the Club puts on a good ride/great sag stops and the local boy scout troop is fabulous in assisting and frankly the scenary is gorgeous, especially through Hidden Valley (but there is that tough climb out). Not one of the easier centuries; there are some tough climbs and generally headwinds come up in the afternoon as I struggled in to finish the last 20 miles. For those of you concerned about the century the metric is still challenging. I've done both and now just stick to the metric; I don't need to prove anything (thank goodness)...
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Assume it is May 10? Sadly I am already signed up for the Tour of Long Beach (only because I enjoyed the beer garden the other time I did this ride)
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@Beachgrad05 and @TrojanHorse People are going to think you only ride to drink beer.

Here you go BG maybe you can sell your spot.


This just in! Cruisin’ will have a Beer Garden! Cronies Sports Grill from Newbury Park will host the Beer Garden. If you would like to know more about Cronies visit: Cronies Sports Grill - Voted Best Sports Grill in Ventura County
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Any SoCal Clydes doing Cruisin the Conejo?

Gonna stay local tho will try to keep thus in mind for next year. I have company thing in San Diego this weekend so best to save gas and time and stay local
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You don't think I ride all those miles so I can eat salad and drink seltzer water do you?

My goodness!
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I do so I can have the occasional In n Out double/double with double order of fries and chocolate milkshake (better than beer)
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Originally Posted by tunavic
I do so I can have the occasional In n Out double/double with double order of fries and chocolate milkshake (better than beer)
False! Heresy!

A worthy reason nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
You don't think I ride all those miles so I can eat salad and drink seltzer water do you?

My goodness!
having a new bike built up and the wheel maker was explaining to me about all these new-fangled light weight materials and I told him "Look at me? Do you think I care about how light weight the bike is??? I could stand to lose 100 lbs - you can't get close to lightening up the bike that much!!!!"

I ride often... just wish I didn't eat as often!
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Originally Posted by Pamestique
having a new bike built up and the wheel maker was explaining to me about all these new-fangled light weight materials and I told him "Look at me? Do you think I care about how light weight the bike is??? I could stand to lose 100 lbs - you can't get close to lightening up the bike that much!!!!"

I ride often... just wish I didn't eat as often!
Says the lady with the Santa Cruz "superlight"

Hey, by the way - my son's soccer practices are at the Brea sports complex and I tweaked that Fullerton Roadie loop you mapped out for me last summer. I like it quite a bit! Except for Euclid, there's been a lot of construction over there lately. I tend to ride this route every Monday and a slightly shorter version on Wednesdays. Much better than standing around chatting with the other helicopter parents.

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Originally Posted by tunavic
I do so I can have the occasional In n Out double/double with double order of fries and chocolate milkshake (better than beer)
I had In N Out (cheeseburger, fries and a neopolitan shake) after GMR to the shack last weekend.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
False! Heresy!

A worthy reason nonetheless.
How about In N Out with your favorite brew
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Originally Posted by tunavic
How about In N Out with your favorite brew
Sure.

So did you register yet or what?
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Originally Posted by tunavic
I just signed up for the century.
Yes.
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Originally Posted by tunavic
Yes.
How about now?

Originally Posted by HunkerDown
I'll be there riding the Cruisin' the Conejo's Century with my Agoura-based Serious Cycling shop biker gang. I'll be the one with the Serious kit and the bright orange POC helmet...
I'll keep an eye peeled for an unusually tall cyclist with a traffic cone on his head. How do you like that thing? I'm nominally shopping around for a new / another helmet. I have a Giro Atmos now, and it's fine, but i think I want something less bulbous and more white and less sticky-outy in the back. Specialized have some nice ones ($$) that also have reflective paint. kask look good too. i haven't seen a POC in person yet. I'd love to know which one is the most cooling for our hot summers.

Does anybody know how many riders do this thing?
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I have this one - Kask Mojito - Good looking helmet - I just got another one - about $150 - $180

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I need to see if I can find some MIPS examples too.

How's the ventilation on those Kasks of yours? I honestly don't know how you test that sort of thing.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I hear it's lovely, and there be alpacas in them hills.

I just signed up for the century and I'm sure EJA_Bottechia is doing the longer metric and tunavic promised he'd do the century as well.

Anybody else? Anybody slightly taller than me who rides slightly faster than me who wants to do wind breaking duty for the 13 mile stretch along PCH?

I've driven in the Santa Monica Mountains once or twice but never ridden in there, so I'm pretty excited.

Oh, and where is that flipping "Rock Store" corner? It's marked on google maps but it looks like an actual rock store, not the corner where people do dumb things on bikes.

Yes, I am signed up to do the "scenic metric century" which has some nice climbs, including Potrero Road and the climb up Stockton Road, where Egg City used to be.

The climb up Rock Store is very similar in length and grade to the last climb out of the PV Peninsula in the TdC. It is doable, with some effort, even by average riders. You have done GMR, so the Rock Store should be a piece of cake for you. BTW, the Rock Store climb is where they shot that famous, or infamous, video of the motorcycle rider slamming into the back of a bike rider. Fun times.

The descent down to PCH can be technical but the roads are generally very good. From that point to Mugu Rock and Lewis Road, PCH winds and changes general direction so you have the strange sensation of experiencing both headwinds and tailwinds on the same direction of travel. From the point where you enter PCH to Mugu Rock there is a slight incline, but from Mugu Rock to Lewis Road offramp is mostly down, so you can kick it there.

If there is an onshore wind that day, Lewis Road will be a piece of cake and you can go fast. If there is an offshore wind (a Santa Ana wind) Lewis Road will be miserable from PCH to the rest stop by the 101 freeway onramp. I did this ride a couple of years ago and the wind was blowing so hard that people were almost getting blown off their bikes. Pray for onshore winds.

From the rest stop at 101 you will head inland. You will go through the town of Somis, head up Bradley Road (a very gentle but longish climb). Now you are close to the alpacas ranches (to your right). After the alpacas, Bradley Road turns into Balcom Canyon Road. You will go down Balcom Canyon Road and then make a quick left turn at Stockton Road. Watch your speed. From there, you start a gentle climb that all of the sudden turns straight up. It is a short climb though, but be sure to refuel and drink up at the rest stop on Stockton Road (before the climb). If the day is sunny and hot, drink plenty before that climb, there is virtually no shade.

After that climb there is a very fast descent down the other side of Stockton and a sharp left turn into Broadway, watch your speed!

From there you will keep descending into Moorpark for the final rest stop of the day. From that rest stop you have about 15 more miles to go (maybe less). You will go a slight incline on Tierra Rejada Road (the 2011 ATOC rode past Tierra Rejada on its way to the Norwegian Grade and Thousand Oaks--we won't be doing the Norwegian Grade).

You will ride past the Underwood Farms (every year KTLA News does their pre-Easter and Halloween morning broadcast at Underwood Farms). Then you have a short but steep climb through the Read Road bypass and on to Olsen Road (near the Ronald Reagan Library). Last year they had a photog at the top of the Read Road bypass which was a bit of a cruel joke. By that time people were pretty tired and did not photograph well. After you get on Olsen it is just a short hop back to the starting point and the delicious food waiting there.

I will ride from home--about 15 miles or so from the official start. I will cover the same course, I will just start early and finish early.

I ride these routes most every weekend, when I not riding in Solvang or doing the TdC. So if I cut the ride short or do more miles it is still all good.

This is a great ride, it is well supported and the scenery is awesome.

Welcome to my backyard!
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So you're adding 30 miles to the metric? Why not just sign up for the daggum century and call it a day?

That rock store guy has lots of "interesting" videos... like this one demonstrating the awesome cornering prowess of a Harley:

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TH, no no no. i am riding 15 miles from home to the start. Once the route get back to my "starting" point I will stop and just go home. Or, if I am feeling up to it, ride another 15 miles for 83 total. The medications that I taking, following the quad-stent, still have me down a bit--though I am getting better.

At what time do you think you will start?

Let me know.


BTW I saw a couple of Octals at the TdC, one white one blue. IMO they Look a bit dorky.

Did you buy a Cruisin jersey?

At Pt. Mugu, sporting last year's jersey.
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