Century Ride Training Series (#5)

  • May 4, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Century Ride Training Series #5

At this point of the CRTS you must have completed enough of the previously scheduled rides at the necessary pace, or have been formally approved, to do Ride #5 thru Ride #8. You may still be able to complete the SB100 but you must attend all of the Bike Night Cardio (BNC) rides on Thursday nights and the other advance weekend Fun Action Skills Training (FAST) rides. The event hosts need to evaluate your ability before you attend any of the remaining CRTS rides and the SB100.

If you are already part of the SB100 Team and plan to do this ride, sign-up on the “Wait List”, your name will be moved to the “I’m Going” list.

More than half way there! Keep the focus -SB100- and continue to ride all the recommended miles during the week. Riding a hundred miles will test your physical and mental might; spending a lot of time and miles on the saddle will help you endure.

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 (BNC) rides (Thursdays, 20 to 35 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 all weekend rides, 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
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Remaining Training Series Plan: (rides subject to cancellation or plan changed)

Ride #5: May 4 – Santa Susana Pass Challenge
The Santa Susana Pass is the most challenging section of the century ride and today our might will be tested. In addition to the climb we will also ride about 65 to 70-miles. This is a ride that you should do because of the SSP section and the more you ride it the more it helps prepare you for the SB100. Riders should also ride 45-miles Apr 28 thru May 2.
Mileage Week Total: 115 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 too

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 will 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: 7.5hrs to 9hrs

Parking: park in lot nearest to Lassen St & meet outside by the station entrance

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 the plan is to 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 (mandatory), 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, & Amtrak/Metro fee
- 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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  • Vince

    Ed...that's what I'm talikin bout...lots of cool pics!!!

    May 4, 2013

    • Ed

      Thanks Vince. Could have got some more when we were in a pace line, but it would have been a little dangerous...

      May 4, 2013

  • Vince

    Ed....that's what I'm talkin bout! Lots of cool pics

    May 4, 2013

  • Ceci

    Check out my max speed...I'm fast!

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll say it again.... IT'S GOTTA BE THE SHOES!

      May 4, 2013

    • Ceci

      must gave been the Gu Heather gave me.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Today's ride is probably one of my favorites yet! Everyone kicked ass! And from the looks of the pics, I definitely missed out on lunch!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Ed

    Another great ride with the coolest cyclists in LA! The rest of the pics are loaded. Great job everyone for taking on the Santa Susana Pass today and covering the ~54 mile distance. Great organization and fellowship today :0)

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Always a pleasure riding with you, bro!

      May 4, 2013

  • Vince

    6 pics that's it? Haha

    May 4, 2013

  • Joanna

    Not a big group so it was a bit manageable.

    May 4, 2013

  • Lou

    Ride Update: we will not do the scheduled route due to the fires that are burning & poor air conditions. I will check the latest news later tonight and hope we can still do the Santa Susana Pass but likely not much further because the route would takes us closer to the big fire. There was a fire burning in the La Canada/Glendale area and that has thrown a twist to the alternative route I had in mind. I still plan to be at the metro parking lot at 7am to do a long ride in a differwnt direction. However, if the air conditions are unhealthy the ride will be shorter than scheduled.

    2 · May 3, 2013

    • Catarina C.

      Thank you Lou for taking all of this into consideration and also for researching an alternative route, standing by for further notice...

      May 3, 2013

    • Catarina C.

      Bad news, I'm sorry, I can't make it tomorrow after all :(

      May 4, 2013

  • Vince

    Since I can't make this one would somebody PLEASE take pictures!!! Wanna see what I'm missing ....lol

    May 4, 2013

  • Kristian M.

    SCAQMD put out a smoke advisory for tomorrow for most of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley. Gonna skip this one.

    May 4, 2013

  • Amy D

    Injury :-(

    May 1, 2013

    • jon

      Roh roh, would you like to elaborate? speedy recovery Amy....jon

      May 1, 2013

    • Catarina C.

      Sorry to hear about ur injury Amy, hope ur feeling better.

      May 3, 2013

  • Lou

    On Saturdays it's meter parking so we cannot park in front of the post office. Ceci, thanks for the heads-up.

    Note that the meet up location is now the Metro parking lot located at approximately 11246 Chandler Blvd., 91601. The entrance is across the street from The Coffee Bean. As you enter go right at the first aisle and park. We will gather and roll from there.

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're able to park at the metro station?

      May 1, 2013

    • Lou

      Yes. There are plenty of parking spaces over the weekend. The last time we did a Saturday ride that's where some parked.

      May 2, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Looking forward to this week's ride. Thanks for the organization.

    May 1, 2013

  • Lou

    Note, changed the arrive time to 7am so we can roll by 7:15am. Please give yourself time to park, gather your bike, things, & check tire psi...wheels rolling at 7:15am

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • Leslie L.

    can't make it, I have a race that day.
    Lou, can you sign me in for Santa Barbara ride? I'll train on my own since i won't be able to join you guys until June 1st.

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • Heather T.

    Wait list? What the heck??? Lol.

    April 10, 2013

    • Heather T.

      OH SIMPLE, HUH?

      April 11, 2013

    • Lou

      Nescafe

      April 13, 2013

  • Vince

    Can't make this one.......Las Vegas is calling my name!

    1 · April 12, 2013

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