Reminder – The 2014 Poppy Fields 200k Brevet is this Saturday

Poppy Fields 200k

Ride Type: ACP 200k
Date: April 19, 2014
Start Time: 6:30
Registration: 6:00
Time Limit: 13.5 Hours
Ride Ends: 20:00
Route Map:
Poppy Fields 200k registration form and waiver:

Location: The Harris home at 6332 Giovanni Way, Quartz Hill, CA 93551.
Finish Location: Finish and start are at the same location, there is ample parking on the street.

Fee: $25, CIBC members deduct $5. Click here to become CIBC member. Be sure to make out a separate check for CIBC membership.

Registration: To register for this event please complete the registration form and waiver (link) and make sure to add yourself to the registered rider list so we can make sure to have food/drinks for everyone. Bring your completed registration form and a check made out to Channel Islands Bicycle Club or cash for the appropriate fee so we can get you on your way quickly.

Information: This ride includes spectacular views of the California Poppy Reserve in full bloom and explores the northern borders of the Angeles Forest along the foothills of the Antelope Valley. You are in for about 6,000 ft of total climbing. Starting from my home in Quartz Hill we will tour the Poppy Reserve and western Antelope Valley before climbing into the Sierra Pelona foothills. Following a cross-town trip through Palmdale we will then head out towards the Big Rock Creek at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Our return will visit the town of Littlerock before a final climb over Godde Hill. There will be manned water stops at Three Points and Sycamore Campground at opposite ends of the route, plus checkpoints at convenient locations in Palmdale and Littlerock. Back at the Harris home we will rustle up something good on the grill.

SAG / Support: This is a typical Randonneur event where you are required to be self-sufficient. However, SAG will be available on call to those who have a cell phone. Given the length of the course it may be some time before we can get to you, so be prepared with sufficient warm clothing/emergency blankets/food/water, etc. so you are comfortable and safe until we can reach you. As always in an emergency call 911.

Ride Organizer: Jim Harris (


Autism awareness ride







Autism awareness ride ….Ride for 1 in 88

Join us during Autism Awareness month on:

Sat APRIL 26, 2014 for a 25 or 50 mile ride.

Ride leaves from Marie Kerr Park.

All profits from this ride will go to Autism research.

This charity is very close to us as a club as one of our members has a child with autism. Please support us by signing up for the ride or by volunteering to help on the day.

Click on the IMATHLETE logo below to sign up.

$40 Half Century Route

$30 Quarter Century Route





HDC fundraising evening at the Jethawks

Tickets are now available for the HDC fundraiser Jethawks baseball game. The member who sells the most tickets to the game gets to pitch the first ball and will receive 20 bonus HDC Proud points. Game date: Sat, April 5, 2014, 6pm. Tickets at $8 each are available from Ingrid and will also be available at the HDC members meeting this coming Monday. 

This promises to be a great social evening, so we hope to see you all there!

Next HDC Club Meeting

Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.
Please note the time change for this meeting. We will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas Cattle Co., 44206 10th Street West, Lancaster.
This meeting will start early and finish quickly allowing our guest speaker to start her discussion at 7:00 p.m. on the basics of first aid as it relates to cyclists. Anyone wanting to have dinner please come earlier so we can be finished eating before the speaker starts.
We hope to see many of our members at this meeting.


HDC Proud

HDC Proud 2014 - this member’s competition has started!

The ‘HDC Proud’ is a one-year contest in which members are acknowledged for their support of club sponsored events. The purpose of the contest is to reward the most loyal club members and of course it also will create a little competition between members. This is a contest that is not based on races, it rewards members who turn up to events and volunteer or partake in the event. Extra points are available for members who show their support for the club by wearing club jersey’s or t-shirts.


The top 10 most HDC Proud members will be rewarded with a commemorative prize. The winners of the HDC Proud will be announced at the club’s Christmas Meeting and Dinner in December.


To become eligible for an award, you must fulfill the following requirements within the calendar year:

  1. You must be a club member.
  1. You must ride (and/or volunteer) in a minimum of one dozen HDC events (this includes monthly meetings, Sunday group rides and special events).

Points? How do I earn points?

Points will be awarded according to the chart below.

The most successful members will score something in as many of these boxes as possible. The points can be broken down into seven areas:

  1. The first way to score points in the High Desert Cyclists Points Contest is to get out there and participate in the High Desert Cyclists rides. Bonus points awarded for wearing HDC jersey or t-shirt.
  2. If you step up and organize a ride/event.
  3. The third part of scoring is to volunteer at HDC Events.
  4. The fourth part of scoring is to participate in the High Desert Cyclists Monthly Meetings.
  5. The fifth and last way of scoring is to wear either your HDC jersey or t-Shirt while partaking in a non-HDC organized bike event.
  6. If you bring a new member who joins HDC.
  7. You are featured in a news article, winner’s podium wearing the HDC logo.

The scoring will be awarded as follows:-

HDC Cycling Event 10pts plus 2pts for wearing HDC jersey or t-shirt
HDC Ride Organizer 5pts
Volunteer at HDC Cycling Event 10pts plus 2pts for wearing HDC jersey or t-shirt
HDC Monthly Meetings 10pts plus 2pts for wearing HDC jersey or t-shirt
Wearing HDC Jersey or T-shirt at non HDC event 5pts
Getting a new member to sign up 15pts
News article, podium finish, wearing HDC 10pts


Finally: How do you get credit for your points?

It is your responsibility to make sure the HDC Board is aware of when you gathered points. For non-HDC events please take/get a photo of yourself wearing your HDC shirt and include it with your notification.

You can report your points two ways, firstly by sending an email to HDC and secondly by reporting your points at HDC monthly meetings.

At the majority of HDC Events a roll call will be taken and it noted who was there, however to be sure your points are correct and nothing was missed please still notify us.

The HDC Board will have the final decision on any discrepancies of points awarded.

Contest Progress

The HDC website and Facebook will be regularly updated with the current contest progress.


February 17, HDC Members Meeting at 7 p.m.

Come and join us for the next HDC Members Meeting held on Monday 17, February 2014 at the Texas Cattle Co, 44206 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA.  The meeting will start at 7 p.m. If you wish to purchase food we suggest you arrive a little earlier.  HDC Socks and T-shirts will be available for purchase, checks or cash accepted.


HDC President 2014

Dear High Desert Cyclist members,Paul HDC

I am very honored to have received your votes to be the new HDC President, I officially took up the position as of 1 February.  I am looking forward to working with VP – Kevin Walsh, Secretary – Ingrid Whitton, Treasurer – Mike Lemos, and the new board members.

Let me start by first saying thank you to Kevin and the past Board members for getting the club to where it is today.

I have some great plans for the club over the next year and am very excited where we can take this club.

My goals for this year are:-

  • to grow the club,
  • re-structure our monthly meetings together;
  • offer more diverse rides which cater for the various levels of riders we have;
  • put on social events where we can have fun together;
  • do more community events such as fundraisers for charities;
  • increase our range of branded clothing at discounted prices for members;
  • get more members involved; and
  • to listen and take action on what you the members want from the club.

Your HDC Board has already been busy researching a number of events and at the next monthly meeting we hope to make a few new announcements.

If you have any feedback or ideas, or you would simply like to comment on any club related issue, please email me at

We look forward to seeing you all at the next HDC Meeting held on Monday 17, February, at 7:00 p.m. at the Texas Cattle Company located 44206 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA.

Best regards,

Paul Wheeler
President HDC


Little bit of Italy fun ride Ojai

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.

Our group starting at Ventura.

Our group starting at Ventura.


Sunday 10 Nov – West Side Loop – Intermediate and Beginners Ride

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!


HDC Christmas Party – 16th Dec

The Club’s annual Christmas Party will be in the banquet room of the Texas Cattle Company. You can order your meal from the menu.xmas1

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.

Christmas exchange game–steal a gift. It is an option to join in the game. xmas2Bring a wrapped gift/or in a bag, up to $15.  Example:  Gift certificates, wine, candy, CDs or something not gender specific.

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

The Texas Cattle Company menu has something for everyone.

Texas Cattle Company
44206 West 10th Street, Lancaster
(South of Ave. J)

Monday, December 16th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm