What a great day of fun HDC cyclists and friends had out of town on Saturday, November 9th. We all met under the pier in Ventura at 0830 and from there we rode up the railroad trail to Foster Park. From there one group continued on the bike path to Ojai and the other group turned off onto Santa Ana Road and climbed up past Lake Casitas and into Ojai. Once we reached Ojai those who wanted a challenge continued to the summit of Dennison Grade. At Dennison Grade we turned around and headed back the way we came. At the end of a terrific day of riding we all met up at Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Ojai where we shared our day’s adventures.
We will be heading west with a little climb up Ave N to 70th, north to Ave H, then back to Bicycle John’s. This will be an intermediate level ride with a shorter option that skips the hill on 70th. Ride leaves Bicycle John’s at 8am SHARP. Helmets req’d. See ya there!
The Club will give a voucher worth $15 toward the dinner of members who have volunteered their services at any of the 2013 events. Other members and guests are responsible for their own dinners and drinks. The Club will pay the gratuity for all members and guests. This is a great opportunity to introduce potential new members to our Club.
- Highlights of coming events.
- Slide-presentation of events and members from 2005 – 2013.
- Gift exchange.
- Raffle winner ($500 gift certificate Bicycle John’s) will be announced.
We ask that you bring a dessert to share. Cookies, a cake, a pie or candy or your specialty. Please bring your own serving spoon. Club will supply the paper plates and plastic utensils.
The restaurant would like to know the number people to be expected.
Please RSVP to Elaine Macdonald by Friday December 13th.
661-946-1976 or email@example.com
The Texas Cattle Company menu has something for everyone.
Monday, December 16th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sincere thanks to the 31 riders who turned out and supported the club poker ride today. By all accounts, everyone had a great time on the 40 and 20-mile routes.
Congratulations to Ben on his full-house win and Dawn on three-of-a-kind second.
The weather was fantastic, our sponsor Total Health & Fitness hospitable (with a HUGE thank you to Florence who willingly helped so much), and our continental breakfast (supplied by TH&F, and Paul and Ingrid) yummy.
Welcome Derek and Steve, the newest HDC members, who signed up today!
Take care everyone. Have fun and be safe riding, and hope to see you all at our regular rides real soon.
On Saturday, October 19, a 7-member team from High Desert Cyclists rode the 62-mile route in the Tour De Turtle, supporting the fundraising efforts of The Painted Turtle.
The ride started from The Painted Turtle in Lake Hughes and headed out along Elizabeth Lake Road to Castaic Lake. From there the riders headed into Santa Clarita before heading up San Francisquito Canyon Road and back to Lake Hughes.
The course was challenging with head winds all the way along San Francisquito Canyon Road. Showing great team spirit, 5 riders rode together encouraging each other along the route before arriving back at Lake Hughes, quite exhausted. They rode across the finish line together. Supporting the riders were 5 club members. Three of these members were recruited by The Painted Turtle to take bib numbers as riders crossed the finish line. It was a great display of support for our riders and The Painted Turtle.
Monday’s Cruiser ride met at Marie Kerr Park. They rode approximately a 23-mile loop into Lancaster and back via the Sierra Bike Path and Technology Drive. A great time was had by all.
Thanks to Colin for arranging this week’s slow-paced recovery/beginners ride of 23 miles. There were 22 riders including some new faces. It was great to catch up with so many friends and meet new people while turning those pedals. Keep a look out for next week’s ride! Hope to see you all there.
The High Desert Cyclists and friends rode to San Buenaventura Beach on July 13th, 2013. There were three ride starts, based on preference:
- Marie Kerr Park, Palmdale. This group rode to Wal-Mart in Santa Clarita and met up with the second group, then rode together to Ventura.
- Wal-Mart parking lot in Santa Clarita (located at Copperhill and Newhall Ranch Road).
- Third choice was to ride from San Buenaventura State Park Beach to Ojai and return on the bike path.
We had an amazing attendance of almost 40 riders. We had SAG support and a bbq on the beach. By all accounts, everyone had a wonderful day. Thank you to all who helped make this an outstanding day!