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Old 01-16-13, 09:47 AM
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Whittier Hills Ride Sat. Jan. 19th, 63 Mi. (100 KM) 8:00 AM meet for 8:30AM start

There has been a lot of discussion lately about riding the Whittier Hills so I thought I'd invite SoCal bikeforumites to join us on our Whittier Hills ride this Saturday, January 19th, 2013.

This ride will start from the parking lot across from TGI Fridays on Birch, in Brea (across from the Brea Mall) with an 8:00AM meet time; 8:30 click-in / depart. Actual address for TGI Fridays in Brea is: 935 East Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821

Route sheets will be provided with three different variations, but the long one (63 miles or approx 100 km) will take Birch to Brea Blvd. which becomes Brea Canyon. Since there are no restrooms at the start, we will stop at the restrooms at the Park on Brea Canyon for those in need.

Then, essentially: Back onto Brea Canyon and onto the route. If you do the long route it will be just under 6,000 feet of climbing. There are 3 rather brutal climbs on this route, i.e. Serranata (sp?), Descending and Belle River (in that order), but no long climbs like you find on GMR, 39 or AC.

We will try to keep everyone together as much as possible (knowing how impossible that is!) so we don't lose anyone (pls. note your route sheet!). There will be a half way (approx.) stop / regroup at the Starbucks on Philadelphia Ave. and Greenleaf in Uptown Whittier.

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Old 01-16-13, 09:39 PM
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I'm in, pending Central Planning Committee approval. I'll probably ride there though, so that I have a built in excuse when you skinny people drop me on the climbs.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
I'm in, pending Central Planning Committee approval. I'll probably ride there though, so that I have a built in excuse when you skinny people drop me on the climbs.
No Worries Trojanhorse,

If the skinny people drop you on the climbs we'll regroup at each summit. This ride is meant to be non-competitve; you know, just a freindly bike ride exploring the roads of Whittier, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights and Puente Hills!

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I am in Rick.

Should be a beautiful day to climb, I will try to keep my whining to a minimum on the climbs and remember instead to enjoy the views.

See you at 8:00!
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Originally Posted by aquajock View Post
I am in Rick.

Should be a beautiful day to climb, I will try to keep my whining to a minimum on the climbs and remember instead to enjoy the views.

See you at 8:00!
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Great to hear Lou Ann, see you there! You know how difficult Descending is, but I know you won't cry like a girl, no matter what you say on the lead up to the climb!

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Old 01-17-13, 11:33 AM
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I am so bummed. It is the Wife's birthday on Saturday, so I would not even think of going for a ride. Then last night she said "you're riding on Sunday this weekend, right?" Have fun everyone. I'll be out on those same roads on Sunday Morning.

I think the route you're doing hits the East Rd./Hacienda Blvd./West Rd. zig-zag. I know two additional climbs in that area for those that want extra climbing.

The first is an out and back: take the first right off of West Rd. (about .1mi), El Travesia, bear left onto Encanada and then turn on to that wall you see on your right, Ardsheal. Climb about .7 mile to a clump of mailboxes on the left. From West to the top is about a mile. Descend the way you came back to West Rd. Repeat (just kidding!)

West Rd. itself doesn't have much climbing, so I usually take the "upper" route. Heading west on West Rd. from Hacienda go .5mi and turn right on Las Palomas. In .3mi take the first left, Picaacho Dr. In .7mi bear left on to Le Flore. In 1mi continue onto El Terrazza, which runs back into West Rd. in about 1mi. Turn right on West to resume.

West Rd. from Las Palomas to El Terraza is 1.6 miles. The "upper" route is about 2.8 miles, but has the Picaacho climb and has even less traffic than West rd.

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Perhaps I'll meet you guys at the top of Turnbull when you regroup and join you on the return trip back? I am coming up from the SGRT.
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Originally Posted by NutnBoltman View Post
Perhaps I'll meet you guys at the top of Turnbull when you regroup and join you on the return trip back? I am coming up from the SGRT.
That sounds like a great idea NutnBoltman! We'll take off from Brea at 8:30AM so you'll just have to guesstimate when we'll be at Turnbull Summit . . . but we will be there! How will we know it's you? Do you have a jersey with deco of Nuts and Bolts on it? Nah, that would be too easy!

Please advise jersey and bike color so we can pick you out of the multitudes of cyclists who may be at Turnbull Summit when we arrive.

I'll be wearing red/white OCRR kit and riding a flat black GURU.

cdp8 I am so bummed. It is the Wife's birthday on Saturday
Sorry to hear that cdp8! What are the chances (Oh, about one in 365!)? Hope you can join us next time!

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I would love to join y'all, but... I'm very out of riding shape (because of work and the like I can ONLY ride on the weekends until the time change) so you'd be constantly waiting for me. Once the time change hits and I get my cycling legs back underneath me, though, I'll be all over it.
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I'm in. I need to start climbing again. I expect to be bringing up the rear.
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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
That sounds like a great idea NutnBoltman! We'll take off from Brea at 8:30AM so you'll just have to guesstimate when we'll be at Turnbull Summit . . . but we will be there! How will we know it's you? Do you have a jersey with deco of Nuts and Bolts on it? Nah, that would be too easy!

Please advise jersey and bike color so we can pick you out of the multitudes of cyclists who may be at Turnbull Summit when we arrive.

I'll be wearing red/white OCRR kit and riding a flat black GURU.
Black Jersey, cause black makes me look thinner, and riding a silver Moser. Man, I look fast! That's all that really counts, yes?
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iamtim[/B];15167475]I would love to join y'all, but... I'm very out of riding shape (because of work and the like I can ONLY ride on the weekends until the time change) so you'd be constantly waiting for me. Once the time change hits and I get my cycling legs back underneath me, though, I'll be all over it.
No excuses Tim, You can do it! Even if you're hanging with the groupetto, no worries! No matter how slow you are there is always someone slower.

tinrobot I'm in. I need to start climbing again. I expect to be bringing up the rear.
See Tim, You could ride with tinrobot . . . and you'll still be ahead of some riders. If it gets to be too much, you can always just turn around and go home.

NutanBoltMan: Man, I look fast! That's all that really counts, yes?
True, as long as you look fast, no one will notice if you're not . . . actually . . . fast.

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Old 01-18-13, 01:59 AM
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Sweet - I got back from NYC just now and got CPC approval for Saturday. See you all there.

I'll be riding on my replacement / spare front wheel, which is wicked slow. Yep, it's all in the front wheel. I won't be fast until I swap the rims out on my regular wheel. If I'm slow it's because of the 32 spoke open pro, mmm hmm.
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Sweet - I got back from NYC just now and got CPC approval for Saturday. See you all there. .
That's great TrojanHorse! We'll see you on Sat. morning then, for a fun ride on a variety of beautiful roads not too far from your house!

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I want to go badly. Simply by calling for a `meetup ride` has got me looking more closely at this area than I ever had.
I have to ride out from East LB.- about 15 miles.

I will try to connect with the group at Brea and W. Central (should be a little up the road from departure point).
I will be riding a white `Motobecane Immortal_Force` with black golf shorts over my black bibs.

Going to cut through La Mirada to get there.
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I want to go badly. Simply by calling for a `meetup ride` has got me looking more closely at this area than I ever had. I will try to connect with the group at Brea and W. Central (should be a little up the road from departure point).
Going to cut through La Mirada to get there.
Okay marquhar, That sounds like a good plan! We'll look for you at Central and Brea Blvd. . . . or in that general area.

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East Long Beach? How are you going to get there? If you're going to end up at Brea/W. Central you may as well head down to the mall area, it's probably only a mile or so.

I'll be riding over from Whittier (and I'll probably bail when all the hills are done since I live in Whittier, no sense in driving to Brea to ride back to Whittier) and I usually commute on La Habra/Central/State College when I need to ride east west through that part of town. I'll probably leave home at about 7:20 to hit brea by 8 so shout if you see me toodling around on my old blue Spec. Roubaix.
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Whittier Hills Ride Sat. Jan. 19th, 63 Mi. (100 KM) 8:00 AM meet for 8:30AM start

Wish I could join if I had not left my car in reseda for repairs and having to return a car rental in the morning. Have fun and be safe!!
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Here is my Garmin from the Jan. 19th Whittier Hills Ride, so you can get some idea of how it was out there!

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/263874964

I also posted it to Strava for those of you who speak Strava:

https://app.strava.com/activities/38062012

Thankfully it was pretty warm for the start so arm and leg warmers were left in the car. A little cool riding up Brea Canyon, but after that, perfect weather for the ride. Plus the air was clear so we could see downtown LA from the Turnbull Summit.

We had eight riders: From bikeforums we had TrojanHorse and TinRobot. From OCRR we had Linda Adams, Sylvia Maddock, Yuji Sasaki, Peter Chen, Lou Ann Montalvo and myself. Well, really Lou Ann and I are both OCRR and bikeforums.

In terms of the 3 Brutal Climbs, everyone made is up Sarannata but Descending proved too tough/steep for TrojanHorse and TinRobot. Everyone else made it, including Sylvia who had to walk part of it on her first attempt several weeks ago. Trojan and Tin made a good effort and I'm sure they'll both be able to make it next time.

The last Brutal Climb (Belle River) was not tried by Trojan and Tin, since they abondoned before we reached it. Everyone else made it, so no worries. Coming back it was all good, though some of us had tired legs on the Avacado Crest climb.

See the Garmin and Strava links above for all the gory details. Any questions?

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Ha! We didn't abandon, we merely chose an alternate route. That was shorter and flatterish.

Please post next time you guys do the "whittier hills" again - that's a great route and I'm looking forward to enjoying the complete thing.
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Ha! We didn't abandon, we merely chose an alternate route. That was shorter and flatterish.
Please post next time you guys do the "whittier hills" again - that's a great route and I'm looking forward to enjoying the complete thing.
Sorry Sean, I just meant you abondoned the ruote we had written on the route sheet (which was neither shorter nor flatter-ish). Glad you had a good time otherwise and we will post it on bikeforums the next time we do a Whittier Hills ride.

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Yeah, I know - I was just teasing. I abandoned in every sense of the word except I still had to ride home and Colima was still in the way.

I'll have to try Descending later this week on fresh legs and see if I can make it up and if not, it's time to start buying more bike gear.
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I'll have to try Descending later this week on fresh legs and see if I can make it up and if not, it's time to start buying more bike gear.
True, Descending will be a good test. On Sat. you were not starting that climb with fresh legs but yes, if you don't make it with fresh legs then more bike bike gear is the only answer!

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Sorry! I didnt make it fellas! I had a relapse of that upper respiratory/flu thing, it came on me as fast as Indurian passing Armstrong during 94 tour....Sucks!
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Oh, man, I would have never been able to keep up with you guys. I hate winter.
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