Century Ride Training Series (#6)

  • May 18, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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Century Ride Training Series #6

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 #6 thru Ride #8. You may still be able to complete the SB100 but you must first 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 interested in attending this ride sign-up on the “Wait List”, your name will be moved to the “I’m Going” list if you are approved.

Carpinteria here we come! We will be able to smell Santa Barbara at this end of this ride. The members that have been doing the recommended miles and rides have improved their endurance and the result is the pace has increased to an average of 15-mph, way to go! Keep it up!
Remember that the weekly recommended miles is the minimum –do more- and make a note of the 3Rs - Ride often, Ride longer, Ride faster!

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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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: 3.5hrs to 4hrs
Parking: Chandler Blvd. and nearby streets. Metro parking lot nearby.

Ride # 3: Mar 24 – West Valley Loop
50-52 miles, includes sections of the SBCR route, some hills and more miles. There will be a stop for lunch at a market that sells BBQ at around 35 miles. Riders should also ride 40-miles Mar 17 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 too

Ride # 4: April 7 – Queen Mary Roll
66 miles and fairly flat, fast route, the LA River Bike Path goes under a lot of street overpasses so there will be many small hills along the way and that makes it a good training ride. Also ride 45-miles Apr 1 thru Apr 5.
Mileage Week Total: 112 miles
Starts:
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 too
*Option to continue riding to NoHo for an additional 17-miles. Riders will decide at Union Station.

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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  • jon

    Once again congrats to everyone on the ride !

    Ok, crunching the numbers....
    It took 7.5 hours to do the 70miles.
    That's 5.5 hours riding time and 2 hours non moving time.
    Using these stats it will take 10.7 hours to cover 100miles.
    This means if we leave NOHO at 7am we will arrive at SB around 6pm.

    Ok as you were... : ]

    2 · May 20, 2013

    • Ceci

      We get better with every ride. I estimate 9 hours.

      1 · May 20, 2013

  • Lou

    FANTASTIC! Perfect weather, great ride, & a wonderful group. We cranked over "The Pass" & we pedalled on the 101 Fwy! Everyones pedal power is stronger & it is paying off. Congrats to Gino for scouting the 12mi to Santa Barbara, wished later I should had joined you (miss you June 8th) Amy, how did you do the ride with 9-fingers, or was that technically 8-fingers? Thanks to Jon for his cameo appearance (& funny pics); always nice when you join us

    Ed (AKA. Epic!), we'll miss you on the next rides brother. All the best on your upcoming races. Ceci, kudos for doing the ride on a malfunctioning chainring. I was happy that you had the perseverance to keep riding: the day would not had been the same without you. Sean, thanks for your help along the way & at the station.

    Heather, so nice of you to bring a strong, positive cyclist to the group. However, where was the cheesecake?!

    Thanks to everyone for the positive flow. I love cycling with this group!

    Keep the focus ...SB100!

    4 · May 19, 2013

    • Heather T.

      Cheesecake? Did I promise Cheesecake??? since I will have my car for the SB ride, cheesecake could be a possibility......

      May 20, 2013

    • P

      Awwww. Can you bring cheesecake on a Thursday again sometime, too?

      May 20, 2013

  • Heather T.

    Thanks all for a Fantastic, Fun, Beautiful ride!!! The only the I regret....not stopping for any of those yummy smelling strawberries!

    3 · May 20, 2013

    • Lou

      To bad the flat did not happen by the stawberry fields

      May 20, 2013

    • P

      I agree, Heather. We need to stop next time.

      May 20, 2013

  • Bob O.

    "Peddle-stroke advice"...? C'mon folks, itza bicycle! One foot down, one foot up. One foot down, one foot up. LET ME HEAR YOU! "One foot down...

    May 20, 2013

  • jon

    Hey gang does anyone have the stats for the ride they can post up?
    I would like to crunch these numbers for the SB!00.
    It will give us a good idea on how long it will take to do the entire route. : ]

    May 20, 2013

    • Heather T.

      Thanks Jon! Thanks for the great peddle stroke advice!

      May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I need some peddle stroke advice too!!!

      May 20, 2013

  • Vince

    Its about time Lou with the pics....Haha.....this trip was awesome...SB is going 2b EPIC!!!!

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Lou

      Ditto!

      May 20, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    I love all of the comments & photos, thanks everyone for sharing, keeps me in the loop of what a great ride I missed out on but can look forward to on 6/8!! ツ So happy everyone had an amazing time, great job to our coordinators and fellow riders, old & new!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Heather T.

    The photos are great!!! Thanks to everyone for posting!!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an awesome ride!!! I feel fortunate to ride with such a great and supportive group! Thanks to Heather and Len for providing me with a tube and CO2 for the rest of my ride. I'm bummed you guys couldn't join me! But I must say, the last 12 miles to SB were probably the best part of the ride! You guys will love it!

    4 · May 19, 2013

    • Heather T.

      Hey, you wanted to complete the ride, I was going to do anything in my power to help you get there! congrats, I can't wait for next month!!

      3 · May 20, 2013

  • Ed

    Lou, thanks again for organizing this epic ride. It was very picturesque and breathtaking as far as the scenery. For all that participated in the ride, enjoy the pictures and memories!

    3 · May 19, 2013

    • Lou

      Ed, Thank you for sharing your pictures! You truly captured the moments. I wish you were doing the complete route with us on June 8

      May 19, 2013

  • Bob O.

    From the looks of the photos, a good time was had by all...!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • P

    It was a GREAT day! Loved the company and the encouragement to prod old goats like me along....Thanks for posting the pics, too.

    3 · May 19, 2013

  • Vince

    Ed great pics........I LIKE IT!

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Dana F.

    Looks like you guys had a great ride! Sad to miss it!

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Looks as though I missed a great ride. Alas.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • romyleen

    Simply amazing, both the ride & riders!!! Can't wait to do the next one:))

    2 · May 18, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Hope everyone had a good ride.

    May 18, 2013

  • Lou

    Vince & I are at Lot A, first parking lot by Lassen St

    May 18, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    Again I will have to make up on my own :(

    May 17, 2013

    • Ceci

      You are not attending?

      May 17, 2013

    • Catarina C.

      I can not, I'll message u on fb

      May 18, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    Not sure how I missed the RSVP for this but please add me, thank you!! :)

    May 17, 2013

  • Kristian M.

    Have fun ya'll on your ride tomorrow. Wish I could attend, but the joys of nuclear chemistry await me tomorrow. So, when your legs are cramping and the pain really sets in, just remember you could be at the library studying the kinetics of radioactive decay. :) Oh, how I'd rather be on my bike!

    2 · May 17, 2013

  • Lou

    It will be a Point-to-Point ride. Please be prepared to pay for the Amtrak train ride, possibly a bike handling fee, and snacks/lunch along the way. If you need a perk before the ride there is a Starbuck (opens 4:30am) on the corner of Lassen St & Topanga Canyon Blvd (2 blocks away from station). Starbucks, 9935 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Chatsworth 91311

    See all of you on Sat at 6am at the Chatsworth Station

    2 · May 17, 2013

  • Vince

    I'm warm up my hitchhiking thumb just in case!

    1 · May 16, 2013

    • Lou

      LOL That's as close as you'll come to saying you'll flow with it. :) P2P for you too

      May 17, 2013

  • Lou

    It seems some of you have already purchased a return train ticket and some are concerned that the Out-&-Back ride is harder. I only changed the route because of the train return ado. There is a possibility that we end up riding two different trains but I am optomistic that we will all be on the same train. I know that I will be home the same day. My preference is to do the Point-to-Point ride and ride as much of the SB100 route. What is your preference? Would you take a chance and just flow with it? "You can please some of the people some of the time..."

    2 · May 16, 2013

    • Catarina C.

      I'm open to the point-to-point ride and am willing to flow w/it!! FYI, I believe tiX can either be refunded or applied as a credit for a future travel date.

      May 16, 2013

    • Ed

      I'm good with the point-to-point to Carpinteria (more scenic to

      May 16, 2013

  • Amy D

    My vote: I'm also optimistic. I'd rather do point-to-point.

    May 16, 2013

  • Lou

    Please arrive by 6am so we can roll at 6:15am. Also, to eliminate the bike transportation matter it will be an Out-&-Back ride; start at the Chatsworth Station and end at the Chatsworth Station. Ultimately it’s about riding the miles and doing a solid training ride and that it will be.

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Heather T.

      Wait, what? Are we not riding to Carpinteria???

      May 16, 2013

  • jon

    I have to be in Pasadena at noon. My plan is to ride with the group ( a few hours) over the pass and circle back by myself to Chatsworth.

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • Lou

      I'm glad you can join us on some of the ride.

      May 16, 2013

  • Vince

    Good 2know...sure didn't want 2get stuck in carpenteria..lol

    May 15, 2013

  • Bob O.

    I have to un-RSVP, as I double-booked on Saturday. Have fun!

    May 15, 2013

  • Heather T.

    Should we meet earlier???

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Heather T.

      I will bring you a tissue, so you can wipe your tears....lol

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No need. I display my sadness with anger.

      May 15, 2013

  • Heather T.

    Is the ride ending at the carpenteria train station??

    May 15, 2013

  • romyleen

    What time do we meet Saturday ?

    May 15, 2013

  • Vince

    What's the Amtrak train # that we're taking back?

    May 10, 2013

  • Dana F.

    If there are no training rides that go over the Santa Susanna pass scheduled for a Sunday, I may not be able to make the Century Ride. Consider me a "maybe" for the Century Ride. As it gets closer, I'll see if I'm prepared. What do you think about scheduling another (2nd) Century ride for the fall, when we are better trained and have hotels booked in advance?

    April 16, 2013

    • Heather T.

      You know me, I'm always up for a ride.

      April 17, 2013

    • Vince

      No excuses Dana....there's no shame in jumping in my truck if you get tired.....I might...lol

      April 30, 2013

  • Dana F.

    Was this ride originally on the 19th.?It put itself on my calendar for the 19th of May.

    April 14, 2013

    • Ceci

      Judging by the wait list none of us are going, we haven't been approved yet.

      April 15, 2013

    • Vince

      Me four.......

      April 30, 2013

  • Vince

    Waiting list????

    April 12, 2013

    • Heather T.

      Apparently you aren't cool enough for the VIP list either... Lol

      2 · April 13, 2013

    • Vince

      Man that's cold ....lol

      April 30, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    THANK YOU to the powers that be! ツ

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • Lou

      Thanks Ceci! :)

      April 16, 2013

    • Ceci

      Your both welcome...what did I do? Hahaha

      April 17, 2013

  • Ceci

    I'm on the wait list? We all know it's not happening without me.

    2 · April 14, 2013

  • Bob O.

    Wait, wait, wait. And now Wait List! All's I ever do in this group is Wait!

    2 · April 13, 2013

  • Catarina C.

    Not sure how I missed the RSVP for this but please add me, thank you!! :)

    April 12, 2013

  • Kimberly G

    Did 44 miles incl Cacitas pass yesterday!

    2 · April 12, 2013

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