Century Ride Training Series

  • February 24, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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Century Ride Training Series

Have you ever thought about doing a century ride? This can be the year that you accomplish that goal. During the forthcoming months a series of bike rides will be scheduled for the purpose of training for the ultimate ride, The Santa Barbara 100 (SB100), a 100-mile bicycle ride from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Barbara. It will be an epic day ride and triumph!

The Century Ride Training Series (CRTS) will consist of several weekend bike rides ranging from 35 miles to 75-miles and the difficulty will increase from ride to ride. Some of the training rides will incorporate sections of the SB100 route so you will have the opportunity to practice on some of the more difficult parts and to get to know the route. There will also be weekly Bike Night Cardio rides (Thursdays, 20 to 30 miles) which will help with improving endurance, building strength, and maintaining our pedal-power legs. In addition to doing the scheduled training rides you should also do the weekly recommended miles either with the group or on your own. Mixing in some cross training (hiking, trail running, etc.) will also help build leg strength and endurance.

There will also be other advance bike rides and fun event rides scheduled between the CRTS rides, keep an eye out. Riders that are interested in completing a century ride for the first time are encourage to do the weekend rides, all the weekday rides and ride as often as possible between now and the SB100. Remember to ride your bike, ride your bike, and after you finish riding your bike, ride your bike some more. The more your ride the more enjoyable the SB100 will be.

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Vital Info:
The Century Ride Training Series bike rides are for Intermediate to Advance level riders. The rides are NOT for Beginner riders. You should already be able to ride for 20+ miles without stopping and you should be able to ride for 20+
miles at a 14-mph average. You should be a fairly good rider that desires increasing your endurance and strength. You should have a geared bike, preferably a road bike (best) or hybrid. You should feel comfortable riding with a group and riding on streets. You should know the bicycle rules (links below).

As Ride #8 –SB100- nears the event organizers/hosts will evaluate your ability and determine if you are ready for the final ride. If you do not attend all of the training series rides you may still do the SB100 ride but you must be granted permission to sign up for the SB100.

The training rides will be intended to help build endurance, strength, burn calories, and tone our legs, and the goal on ever ride will be to average 15-mph start-to-finish. Some routes will include bailout points or riders can turn around at any time. If an unforeseen incident
occurs (flat tire, chainsuck, etc.) we'll regroup and help out. No Rider Left Behind. However, riders must be prepared to deal with returning home on their own if necessary (carry a cell phone).

Bicycle Rules, Safety, and Etiquette:
DMV click here and LA DOT click here ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Training Series Plan: (rides subject to cancellation or plan changed)

Ride #1: Feb 24 – Griffith Park Ride
30 to 35 miles, flats, hills, and at least one solid climb - G.P. is a great area for training; there are flat routes, some small hills, and a few good long climbs. Keep G.P. in mind for training rides. Riders should also ride 30 miles Feb. 18 thru Feb. 22.
Mileage Week Total: 60 to 65 miles
Starts/Ends:
NoHo Post Office - in front (Directions CLICK HERE)
Time required: 3.5hrs to 4hrs
Parking: Chandler Blvd. and nearby streets. Metro parking lot nearby.

Ride # 2: Mar 3 – East Valley Loop
40 to 45 miles, includes sections of the SB100 route and also hills and more miles. Riders should also ride 35-miles Feb 26 thru Mar 1.
Mileage Week Total: 65 to 70 miles
Starts/Ends: NoHo Post Office - in front (Directions CLICK HERE)
Time required:
4.5hrs to 6hrs
Parking: Chandler Blvd. and nearby streets. Metro parking lot nearby.

Ride # 3: Mar 17 – West Valley Loop
50 miles, includes sections of the SBCR route, some hills and more miles. Riders should also try to ride 40-miles Mar 18 thru Mar 22.
Mileage Week Total: 90 miles
Starts/Ends: NoHo Post Office - in front (Directions CLICK HERE)
Time required: 6hrs to 7.5hrs
Parking: Chandler Blvd. and nearby streets. Metro parking lot nearby

Ride # 4: April 7 – Queen Mary Roll
66 miles and fairly fast flat route, route goes under many street overpasses so there will be many small hills along the way and it makes it a good training ride. Riders should also ride 45-miles Apr 1 thru Apr 5.
Mileage Week Total: 112 miles
Starts/Ends: NoHo Post Office - in front (Directions CLICK HERE)
Ends: Los Angeles Union Station
Time required: 6.5hrs to 8hrs
Parking: Chandler Blvd. and nearby streets. Metro parking lot nearby.

Ride #5: May 4 – Santa Susana Pass Challenge
The Santa Susana Pass is the most challenging section of the century ride and today we’ll test our might. In addition to the climb we’ll also ride about 65 to 70-miles. This is a ride that you should do because it will help prepare you for the SB100. Riders should also ride 45-miles Apr 28 thru May 2.
Mileage Week Total: 115 miles
Starts/Ends: Sepulveda Metro Station parking lot (directions CLICK HERE) Time required: 6.5hrs to 8hrs

Ride #6: May 18 – Confront Carpinteria
70-75 miles of the SB100 route and includes the Santa Susana Pass. This is a ride that you should not miss because a bulk of SB100 route will be covered. At the end we’ll ride back on the Amtrak. Riders should also ride 50-miles May 12 thru May 17.
Mileage Week Total: 125 miles
Starts/Ends: Chatsworth Metro Station (directions CLICK HERE)
Time required: 9hrs to 10.5hrs

Ride #7: June 1 - Cruise Around Town
50 miles, scale it back this week because next weekend is the SB100! The goal is to basically put in a solid ride but save our legs for next weekend. Riders should also ride 30-miles May 26 thru May 30.
Mileage Week Total: 80 miles
Starts/Ends: NoHo Post Office - in front (Directions CLICK HERE)
Time required: 5.5hrs to 7hrs
Parking: Chandler Blvd. and nearby streets, Metro parking lot nearby too.

As Ride #8 –SB100- nears the event organizers/hosts will evaluate your ability and determine if you are ready for the final ride. If you do not attend all of the training series rides you may still do the SB100 ride but you must be granted permission to sign up for the SB100.

Ride #8: June 8 - Santa Barbara 100
This is what we trained for and today is the payoff, Santa Barbara here we come! When we finish we’ll stay in S.B. overnight and celebrate the accomplishment. The details about parking, how our overnight things will be delivered to S.B., and hotel (etc.) will be provided at a later date.
Starts: NoHo post office (directions CLICK HERE)
Ends: Santa Barbara
Time required: 12hrs to 14.5hrs

Recommend:
- Road (best)/hybrid bike, geared, tuned-up, chain lubed
- Helmet, gloves, head warmer
- Spare tube (2 extra for longer rides), small pump
- Bike lights: rear & front
- Lightweight layers, wind breaker jacket, etc.
- Water & snacks, electrolytes (the more miles the more you need)
- Cell phone, small camera
- Cash for food, water, snacks, emergency
- Pump tires: rear max psi & front 5 psi below max
Suggested psi range is located on side of tires.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in an activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the events and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a bike ride, hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone tell me the name of that marathon crashing thing...wolf something??? Trying to find the video online now...

    Thanks for the great ride, see you on Thursday for BNC!

    February 26, 2013

    • Ceci

      I'm not competing for the tags, not fast enough but I will try and keep up with the back of the pack if I can, why not! It will be fun.

      February 27, 2013

    • Ceci

      Lauren did you make the ladies ride last night? I got stuck at work until close to 8pm.

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First Off, I would like to say thank you to all that showed up. It was nice seeing the people I haven't seen in awhile and meeting new ones.To those that missed the first one, See you soon.
    In case you don't know, I used to be 50lbs heavier at this time last year and at the back of most group rides. It was late last summer that I decided to get on my bike and just ride it. First 10 miles, then 20, then 25, then, it took me to a new section of the orange line out west 30miles. When I could do that comfortably, it lead me to explore west even further to valley circle. Pretty soon, I was doing 40 mile bike rides by myself.
    So when you are struggling at the back and thinking you are going to quit, just remember, all of us have been there and we are still trying to better ourselves. Hope to see all of you in Santa Barbara with a smile on you faces, because that is what I will be doing watching you complete your first century!

    2 · February 25, 2013

    • Heather T.

      GREAT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ALL!!!!

      1 · February 26, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Another used to be "big" person here, I was 260, then 207, then 240, then 203 at this Christmas, now I am 214. I strongly believe in group motivation, I did my fastest, toughest, full of sweat physical activities with my outdoor groups. I wouldn't plan to ride my bike to Santa Barbara by myself. I will not able to join all training rides but I am looking forward to doing my first century ride :)

      February 26, 2013

  • Heather T.

    Thanks to all for joining in on the fun! Not only will this ride be challenging, but with such a cool group of people it will be a blast as well!!!! Special words of thanks to Lou, Rudy, Ceci and Scott for all their words of encouragement!

    February 25, 2013

    • Mark (.

      go Heather! go! I want my share too ...

      1 · February 25, 2013

    • Heather T.

      Thanks to you too, Mark.

      1 · February 25, 2013

  • Ceci

    Team "Lou-dy" thank you for another fabulous ride. Great job Heather! Two days back to back on the hills, impressive! Ed it was great seeing you again, you bring so much energy to the group, strong even on the Townie. Lauren it was nice seeing you again, always a pleasure to have strong female riders in the group. Hope to see everyone out again. Borrowing Heather's phrase...BNC group is the bomb diggity!

    2 · February 25, 2013

    • Ceci

      Rudy I have two 30 something nephews and I'm used to being called auntie in public...I get a kick out of the responses to their comment. Do it!

      February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, I had to call a 10yr old relative uncle in Indonesia. Besides we might be related, us Asians get around. :)

      February 25, 2013

  • Ceci

    Here's the registration info for the LA Marathon Crash Ride. See you all there. http://www.citygrounds.com/registration/wolfpack-hustle.cfm

    February 25, 2013

  • Kimberly G

    Great group and supportive leaders. Thanks!

    February 25, 2013

  • Lou

    Great way to kick off the training ride series! A 32-mile ride that included a decent climb, way to go everyone! We'll continue building up to the SB100 by adding more miles and bigger climbs. I hope to see everyone on Ride #2 on Sunday @ 8:15am. ---Kudos to: Ceci & Heather for doing the recommended 35mi during the week, riding another 30mi on Saturday & the 32mi on Sunday without skipping the climb, wooyoo! Ceci, strong pace too! Rudy, 85mi on Saturday & still showed up to help out, thanks! Jon, pushing the pace, doing the super bonus climb, and still catching the group at the rest stop. That was fast! Ed for cranking it on a Townie, impressive, you have to make it count someway. Always good to see you. Scott, thanks for helping Kim out.--- Keep riding everyone!!!

    2 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great meeting you all! Definitely a great group of folks. Looking forward to finally riding regularly! Although after looking at the date for the SB100, it looks like I won't be able to make it, as I'll be or of town. What a bummer...

    February 25, 2013

  • Ed

    Great first training ride for the group. It was nice to be riding again and meeting everyone, especially those new to the group. See you all on the next one!

    February 25, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Sorry, I could not make today's ride. Came down with a cold. Hope everyone had a great ride.

    February 24, 2013

    • Lou

      Sorry you missed the first one. Get well soon so you can login some miles. All the best

      February 24, 2013

  • jon

    Hi guys, great ride this morning !

    It was good to see everyone out on the first SB100 training ride.

    I want to help and pass along some info on the various foot wear options for completing a century ride easier and in comfort.

    http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/cycling-shoes.html

    Also if your not quite ready to make the jump to cycling shoes just adding bike cages to your existing pedals can make a difference in the amount of energy you can transfer to the pedals.

    Ok see you guys on the road. jon

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Lou

      Thanks for helping me push it today and for your positive vibe. That's very great shoe/clip-in information, good looking out! See you soon

      February 24, 2013

  • Jennifer F

    Sorry guys, I'm still getting over the flu :(

    February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Only if you bring a big bag to hold all there stuff.

      February 24, 2013

    • Lou

      Hi Jenn, we missed you today, sorry you were sick. Hopefully you can join us Thursday & next weekend. Also check in with Ceci about the girl rides on Tuesday and pedal some miles then. Get well soon!

      February 24, 2013

  • Scott - ".

    Good Mix of Hills and Distance.

    February 24, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Just because, snowshoeing causes different types of tiredness and joint pains at the foot, I was far far away to get up mod this morning. Hope you guys had a nice ride.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure if I'm ready to knock out 30 miles just yet, but willing to give it a try!

    February 24, 2013

    • Ceci

      Come out at and try. You can always turn around.

      February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good. I'll be there.

      February 24, 2013

  • Vince

    Got back late from big bear....too burnt 2get up...bthere next sun 4sure!

    February 24, 2013

  • Josh T.

    Calling it a no now, since I'm getting over a cold and shouldn't risk a relapse. If you don't see me tomorrow, look for me next Sunday. This Century training is inspirational!

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so excited!!!!

    3 · February 21, 2013

  • jon

    I'll be there be but we are going to ride to the start and then leave you guys after GP.

    February 21, 2013

    • Ceci

      Not sharing with your fellow cyclist will make you fat :)-

      February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was doing recon work for the Thursday cardio group. So far have sampled 5 different donuts. Not in one sitting.
      I will try to find good places to stop at during the century ride, to keep everybody motivated all the way too Santa Barbara. :)

      February 21, 2013

  • Lou

    Reminder: ride for 30 to 35 miles between now and Saturday. On Thursday (Feb 21) the BNC ride will be about 25-miles and the miles count towards the week total

    February 18, 2013

    • Ceci

      Multiple choice
      1) we are rolling, the ride has started.
      2) Mark is singing to REO Speadwagon
      3) bikes turning the corner
      4) say what?

      2 · February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Usually thinking choice 4. Mark, watch Ferris Beuller's Day Off.

      2 · February 20, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    Hello Team, Question: Is the big ride on June 8th an actual event that requires registration or is this a private group ride? I googled SB Century and saw a date for October instead of June so I'm a little confused...

    1 · February 19, 2013

    • Mark (.

      I see you are buying meal for them, since you had a flat tire and they helped you. Well, I will buy a donut to Rudy definitely as my chip in, since it has been his favorite food :) btw, he helped me twice with flat tire issues, no doubt about appreciating his helps at the rides.

      February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Only just made donuts, so good when they are that way, I only want the plain version.

      February 20, 2013

  • Mark (.

    OK, I am putting a new goal for me at this ride, I will beat Mr. strong legs with my existing legs, it will be so sweet :)

    February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is supposed to be fun and not an endurance death ride.

      2 · February 19, 2013

    • Mark (.

      You know me!

      February 19, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    I've been cycling for about 2 years, 1st had a hybrid w/SPD clipless pedals, recently upgraded to a road bike and I'm ready to log some serious mileage :)

    February 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Welcome Catarina, this series will get you started and also you will ride different parts before we do the century.

      2 · February 17, 2013

    • Catarina C.

      Looking forward to it Rudy, thank you!

      February 17, 2013

  • Scott - ".

    Started a Discussion Page Where we Can Comunicate on Tips, Locations, Hotels, Support, Etc. http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/messages/boards/thread/31565352#[masked] Click the "Link to This Discussion" to be Updated Each Time Someone Adds a Comment.

    February 17, 2013

  • Heather T.

    I am excited and petrified at the same time!

    2 · February 11, 2013

    • Lou

      Ceci, apparently you are serious about doing the SB100 too, oh yeah! We'll build up to the SS Pass and everyone will make it to the crest and over.

      February 12, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      I looked at the YouTube video of the pass and it does not look bad at all. Not steep. Average 6-8% by the look of it.

      February 12, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Thanks for organizing this. Looks great. Just what the doctor ordered.

    February 11, 2013

    • Lou

      You are welcome. It should be a good training series & doing the SB100 will be fantastic.

      1 · February 11, 2013

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