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Old 12-28-06, 10:16 PM
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Regular New Year's Day Rides

This thread is to talk about rides that happen every year on New Year's Day. I'm not thinking of the "official" club rides, just ones that people know are going to happen and just show up. Here are the ones I've heard about:

- PCH, starting in Long Beach and heading south to OC
- Angeles Crest Highway
- Mountain bike ride up to Saddleback Peak

Any others, or any more details on the above?
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Old 12-28-06, 10:46 PM
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PCH ride starts at 7AM... and is a tad fast....

I think that I made it all the way to Laguna last year...
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I think there are always a few crashes on the PCH ride (not a surprise with the large number of people)...having broken my shoulder already, I stay clear of that ride.
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Originally Posted by Extort
PCH ride starts at 7AM... and is a tad fast....

I think that I made it all the way to Laguna last year...
Last year's PCH New Years ride made for my fastest century. 96 miles in 4:45, and that was with a total of maybe 10 minutes stopping for food and bathroom breaks.
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Originally Posted by cjbruin
I think there are always a few crashes on the PCH ride (not a surprise with the large number of people)...having broken my shoulder already, I stay clear of that ride.
Including an incident with an old lady on the sidewalk near the back bay. I was surprised that a group that size went on a MUP, that's just asking for trouble.
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Old 12-28-06, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Extort
PCH ride starts at 7AM... and is a tad fast....
Wow, if you consider it fast, it must really be fast!
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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
Wow, if you consider it fast, it must really be fast!
The pace is quite fast, OC and I were barely able to keep up last year. If you do the ride make sure to stay in the front half of the pack when the group hits the hills on PCH in Newport, Laguna Beach, and Dana Point. That's where people start droping off en masse and if you get caught in a group that drops back then you'll never catch up.
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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
Wow, if you consider it fast, it must really be fast!
+1 - and Pico too. If those guys say fast, I wouldn't go near the ride (I'd just get dropped out the gate).

The ride up Angeles Crest is supposed to be a good one (I'm joining Vertical Bob this year on that one). It's a tradition and supposed to be really fun with various levels joining. Some go all the way to Mt. Wilson, some turn around at AC - but no matter what, you'll work your hangover off for sure.
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I've done the Mount Wilson ride for 6 years, now. I go up early, at 9:00, to avoid the large group of racers, mountain goats, elbowers, and crazies who go up at 10:00. Some guys and girls from my club will be there, too. Some years there are 200 riders there. Last year it rained on top and later down low,(I'm surprised it didn't snow). 2 years back Red Box road was covered with ice. One of my friends, an ex-racer, went around the barriers and tried to go up. After spinning his rear wheel, he gave up. It was 32 degrees when we began the descent. 3 years ago I made it to the summit, even with some ice on the road. Some guy crashed hard on the descent when he hit some ice, and a car went over the side and down into the canyon.
What surprises me the most is the number of riders who don't even bring a jacket, it's O.K. when you are climbing, but turn around all sweaty and go 43 mph in 32 degrees...maybe they have cars pick them up.
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Originally Posted by big john
What surprises me the most is the number of riders who don't even bring a jacket, it's O.K. when you are climbing, but turn around all sweaty and go 43 mph in 32 degrees...
I bet they wont do that again
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Originally Posted by big john
it was 32 degrees when we began the descent. 3 years ago I made it to the summit, even with some ice on the road. Some guy crashed hard on the descent when he hit some ice, and a car went over the side and down into the canyon.
What surprises me the most is the number of riders who don't even bring a jacket, it's O.K. when you are climbing, but turn around all sweaty and go 43 mph in 32 degrees...maybe they have cars pick them up.
Ice on AC coming down! Oh, no. When I said I was doing this ride, I was kidding... I don't do 32 degrees and I don't do crashes, injury and death (or at least I try my best to avoid it!). Isn't there an easier way back down?
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Originally Posted by merider1
Ice on AC coming down! Oh, no. When I said I was doing this ride, I was kidding... I don't do 32 degrees and I don't do crashes, injury and death (or at least I try my best to avoid it!). Isn't there an easier way back down?
Calm down, M.E. The ice was on Red Box road, not A.C. You don't have to go to the summit, most people don't. Most people turn right and go down A.C. at Clearcreek. Just stay with Bob, or the rest of us, and you'll be fine. It looks like unseasonably warm temps at this point, anyway. You could also go back down Big Tujunga, it's slower, warmer, and has a lot less traffic, and I will go that way if I can convince others to go with me.
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Originally Posted by big john
Calm down, M.E. The ice was on Red Box road, not A.C. You don't have to go to the summit, most people don't. Most people turn right and go down A.C. at Clearcreek. Just stay with Bob, or the rest of us, and you'll be fine. It looks like unseasonably warm temps at this point, anyway. You could also go back down Big Tujunga, it's slower, warmer, and has a lot less traffic, and I will go that way if I can convince others to go with me.
You sound like John Wayne..."Now, you just calm down there a bit, missy."
Fine. I expect you (and Bob) to get me down safely as I am so delicate on the bike. And personally, I have no problem coming down Big T, so you don't have to convince me! Are you bringing your harem?
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Harem? Sarah is doing the ride but I'm not sure where she is starting. She may start in Van Nuys with some racers including Sue. Do you know Sue? She is a road racer through and through. Cathy is waffling but she will probably be at the bloat ride, you can ask her then. Caren, I don't know, haven't seen her in a couple weeks. Debbie said no, but it wouldn't matter if she did come because none of us would ever see her, except as she passed us on her way back down.
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Originally Posted by big john
Harem? Sarah is doing the ride but I'm not sure where she is starting. She may start in Van Nuys with some racers including Sue. Do you know Sue? She is a road racer through and through. Cathy is waffling but she will probably be at the bloat ride, you can ask her then. Caren, I don't know, haven't seen her in a couple weeks. Debbie said no, but it wouldn't matter if she did come because none of us would ever see her, except as she passed us on her way back down.
I think I have met Sue and her husband, but I may be mixing her with another gal (Susie). Cathy may be at the bloat ride?? Awesome - I'll wave at her and your backs as you climb ahead of me. Yes, Deb could do the ride twice before I ever summit...that woman is just unbelievable! Well, John, I guess you'll be haremless then. You've still got me...and Bob.
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Here is a site with a camera on Mount Wilson. The camera is down right now, but I'm sure they'll get it going as soon as the winds stop. Be sure to scroll down and check out the "Best of Tower Cam".
https://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm#imagetop

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Susie is married to Nelson, neither of them race, but Nelson could. Sue is married to Ron, both of them race and Ron was on the U.S. national team and a top American pro back some years ago. Ron also flew, and crashed, the pedal powered airplane (Dedalus?).
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Oh, okay. Nope, never met Sue! Unless she flew past me on one of SFVBC rides!
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Sue is married to Ron, both of them race and Ron was on the U.S. national team and a top American pro back some years ago. Ron also flew, and crashed, the pedal powered airplane (Dedalus?).
Hi John,

Are you talking about Ron and Sue Skarin? Ron is a living, cycling legend. He was recently inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. His wife Sue is also a very good racer. I see Ron periodically at local races. I know him by sight but I don't know him personally.

Hmmm, maybe I will try the Angeles Crest ride.
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Where do people park for Angeles Crest? I may try to escape from the Rose Parade/Bowl festivities here.

BTW, here's a link to the current conditions on SR2 from Caltrans, although I don't think anything's forecast to change between now and the 1st except for a very slight chance of precipitation.

https://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr2
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Cleave, yes, the Skarins. Small world? Did you also know the late Barry Wolf?
jpconrad, you can park anywhere along the route for this ride, many people park in the area of Foothill and Oro Vista and start there. My group will be there around 9:00. Here is a link. https://www.socalcycling.com/Group%20...GroupRides.htm The people starting in Van Nuys won't get to Foothill until around 10:00, usually.
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Conejo Valley Bike Club has a ride on Monday as well. This year it will head out towards Simi Valley and back. Details available on their website: www.cvcbike.org I may do this ride.

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I can't go to either of the mountains rides Baldy or Wilson . I'm so bumed! You all have fun out there.
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Originally Posted by valleygirl
I can't go to either of the mountains rides Baldy or Wilson . I'm so bumed! You all have fun out there.
I thought you were considering the Wilson ride, Sarah is coming. Sarah is riding Sunday, too.
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I can't go to either of the mountains rides Baldy or Wilson . I'm so bumed! You all have fun out there.
Say it isn't so! Well, we'll miss you on both rides.
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