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Old 05-09-11, 11:25 AM
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Los Angeles River Ride, June 5th. Is this a "good" ride?

Early registration closes this Friday. Considering doing the century. Is this a decent ride to do? Are there going to be a bunch of people who don't know how to ride? Literature says it's a "Relatively flat profile", so I wouldn't think it would be too difficult.

Anybody riding this? In addition to the century, they also hae a 70, 50, 35, and 15 mile ride option.
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Did the century last year. Yes, it's a flat century and the ride is mostly in the 'sewers' of LA. Highly doable.

It's ooo-k IMO but not too crazy about it. There are a lot of squirrely riders especially on the way back/last few miles of the ride since you will meet children, families weaving their bikes on the bike trail.

Not sure if I'm doing this again this year but we'll see.
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i hope its good. i am really looking forward to it. first time riding with a lot of people and first time attempting the century.
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Thanks for the info, especially on what to expect in the last miles. Guess I'll go ahead and sign up for it. I'll use it as a "training" ride for the L.A. Wheelmen Grand Tour three weeks later. For that one, I'll just do the easier "lowland double".
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Good luck. Just remember to pace yourselves during the ride. Post a ride report after doing your first century.
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Century or 70

I did the 50 last year and liked getting to see a lot of L.A. Yes, it's not all pretty for sure. But it's home!

Been on the fence about whether to do the 70 or the 100. Just decided on the century. It'll be my first.

The first three miles were a bit crowded on the path but after that it was manageable.

I hope L.A. will continue to extend the L.A. River bike paths like through downtown and the valley. Universal Studios is trying to expand but is also trying to block expansion of the river path claiming that screenwriters are going to throw screenplays over the fence!
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Originally Posted by StopDiegoStop
Good luck. Just remember to pace yourselves during the ride. Post a ride report after doing your first century.
Will do. It won't be my first century. I rode in the San Diego Bicentennial celebraton back in 1969, I think it was. That was a double century run as part of San Diego's 200th anniversary and one tough ride. Only other organized century I've done is the Solvang Century back in 1985. Still have that give-away shirt, but it's pretty tight on me these days. Done a bit of other riding here and there over the years. Went from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach to central Kansas in 1995 (1800 miles in three weeks, unsupported). Other stuff here and there, but nothing organized. Need to get serious about riding on a regular basis, for health reasons if nothing else. I'll post a quick recap after the ride. I'm not expecting any issues. Need something nice to break in the new bike.
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My husband and I are doing either the 36 or the 50 - it will be my first time at either of those distances, and we are doing the Pasadena Marathon pre-ride next weekend (26mi) as a warm-up to see where I am at.

This will be my first time, but I've done quite a bit of research on the routes and they all look flat. I will also take the advice about pacing - my husband likes to go fast and has much better "bike muscles" than I since he has been doing it since he was really young. Lucky me I am in better shape than he is after he took a long break from biking
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Hello all!

I am looking into this ride as well. The fee is 55 bucks. What do we get again for $55? Is there a meal at the end of the ride? The website is not clear on this. I would appreciate any input. I would like to sign up... i hope it's fun!
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The ride is fun and it is about as flat as you can get. The entry pays for a medal (i think), t-shirt, food at the rest stops which was OK and a enpanada at long beach (which was a piece of crap). I am going to renegared the ride, some of my buiddies are going to do it (pay) but much slower.
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The ride is decent. I have done the ride and found it rather boring because it is in my "backyard" so stopped at Artesia and went home for lunch. Later I took the train back to Silverlake and saw a few other riders on too. Also, I have volunteered at the Long Beach stop and was shocked by the greed of the faster cyclists. The volunteers make sandwiches and cut fruits, put out beverages and assisted in any ways possible only to have not enough for all riders. The faster guys stood around and ate most of the food while some who came a hour later quit the ride at the Pike to buy their own food. Shucks, no one is that hungry for a crusty sandwich filled with sugar laden peanut butter and jelly. On the other hand, it was nice to talk to some of the cyclists who were doing their first long ride.
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gonna have to pack a few gatorades and some protein bars.
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Can't wait for some crusty sandwiches
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Originally Posted by Mahantablue
Hello all!

I am looking into this ride as well. The fee is 55 bucks. What do we get again for $55? Is there a meal at the end of the ride? The website is not clear on this. I would appreciate any input. I would like to sign up... i hope it's fun!
Hey remember it's a major fundraiser for LACBC...

I had lots of fun when I did it. The volunteers were wonderful. There's plenty of time to socialize, too. I met a couple of riders in 2007 who are still my friends today.

The fact that it attracts more cyclists every year says something about it, too...
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around how many cyclists come to this? also how many do the century?
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Just signed up for the century. Also the Cool Breeze double metric century in August that runs from Ventura to Goleta via Ojai and back. That ride will make up in beautiful scenery what the L.A. River run lacks. The Cool Breeze jersey is really attractive, so I ordered one.
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do you have to pay? can u just ride like on regular days?
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yeah there's a fee. the money is going to good cause i believe.
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This will be my 4th LA River Ride - first time attempting a century. Registration fees go to support the LA Bicycle Coalition, a great advocacy group on behalf of LA cyclists. The fact that the LA River Trail has been extended, and the LA Bike Plan has gotten renewed interest is because of their input at City Hall. The route is very flat, so you shouldn't have much trouble completing it. I heard last year that some of the first riders through the pit stops were somewhat piggish, but it seemed like there was enough to go around when I came through much later in the day.
And yeah, the ride may be through the sewers of LA, but they're MY sewers, so you better not talk smack about them...

Enjoy the ride and good luck!!
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i'm gonna register at rei. free water bottle.
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They're expecting between 2-3000 cyclists?
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https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/35793460

I entered the (tentative) century route into Map My Ride. This came from their web site, but with the warning that it isn't the official map. I asked yesterday at REI when I picked up my packet if they would hand out route maps. They didn't have a clue. They said there would be "signs". Uugh. I don't want to rely on signs. Too easy to miss. From Map My RIde, you can output a GPX file. However, I wasn't able to import it into Garmin Connect. Tried a bit, but couldn't figure out how to convert the GPX into a Garmin FIT format file. Can't get it onto my Edge 500. Next will try to upload it into my Oregon 400T (with U.S. Street maps).
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I am going to renegrade it. Rode it last year and the food well kind of sucked and my firends road slow so this year I will be riding at my own pace.
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Originally Posted by volosong
https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/35793460

I entered the (tentative) century route into Map My Ride. This came from their web site, but with the warning that it isn't the official map. I asked yesterday at REI when I picked up my packet if they would hand out route maps. They didn't have a clue. They said there would be "signs". Uugh. I don't want to rely on signs. Too easy to miss. From Map My RIde, you can output a GPX file. However, I wasn't able to import it into Garmin Connect. Tried a bit, but couldn't figure out how to convert the GPX into a Garmin FIT format file. Can't get it onto my Edge 500. Next will try to upload it into my Oregon 400T (with U.S. Street maps).
They will hand out cue sheets.
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