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Old 08-05-22, 02:22 PM
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PV from South Bay?

I've never ridden there but put together this loop: https://www.strava.com/routes/2990731129692545352

Any thoughts of my street choices? I added in a few side diversions off Palos Verde Drive to stay closer to the coastal views--good idea? Any good streets you'd add or reroutes you suggest? I'll be riding midweek. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
I've never ridden there but put together this loop: https://www.strava.com/routes/2990731129692545352

Any thoughts of my street choices? I added in a few side diversions off Palos Verde Drive to stay closer to the coastal views--good idea? Any good streets you'd add or reroutes you suggest? I'll be riding midweek. Thanks!
iíll post a strava map in a few hours.
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Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
I've never ridden there but put together this loop: https://www.strava.com/routes/2990731129692545352

Any thoughts of my street choices? I added in a few side diversions off Palos Verde Drive to stay closer to the coastal views--good idea? Any good streets you'd add or reroutes you suggest? I'll be riding midweek. Thanks!
bikeme,

generally some good street choices. certainly, you can do the pv drive marathon to do the loop and there are some worthy climbs
to access from pv dr north. i'd save pv dr north for another ride tho (and most of pv dr east). pv dr north is actually kinda boring and carries a lot of what constitutes traffic on the pv peninsula. it's not especially scenic. added a 1,000 feet of climbing and 8-9 miles to your original ride while keeping the start/end point approx 500 yards north of your original start/end point because of parking. nothing super steep. you were originally headed up to the "domes" from pv dr east up crest via the pv dr east "switchbacks" so kept that. the "switchbacks" are fun both up and down. steepest part of the climb to the "domes" is the first half-mile from the i-section of crest/pv dr east. otherwise, it's relatively easy for a decent climber. riding through the "slide area" on pv dr south is fun and rolling. not as bad as the signs indicate but it's not the place to pull out your phone to respond to texts/e-mails.
dropped a little cherry sidebar on the west end of the slide area just past abalone cove and the portuguese bend gates on the ocean side. it's a gravel/dirt trail of approx .25 mile that gently climbs, then drops but stop before the trail does a switchback. the view doesn't get any better. feel free to drop down more if you like. one of the best views on the entire peninsula.

your route had you using pv dr west which is fine once to bluff cove but the malaga cove area to bluff cove (either direction) is
tight and plenty of traffic. not a fan. pv dr east downhill (away from the switchbacks) from marymount college/crest dr down to the reservoir (pv dr north) has a buncha tight spots once past the miraleste library area and can't recommend it for a first or second visit to the peninsula. def worth climbing or descending at some point tho.

you could do a lot worse than just hanging out in the city of palos verdes estates and never going past hawthorne blvd at any point. depending on the legs, you can just silly string a few different hillsides and keep most of the la metropolis out of your sights.
relatively easy to forget you're in socal while riding in the area. if you need support, there's malaga cove, lunada bay and golden cove for stops if necessary.

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ooga-booga Thanks for the great info and map!
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