Archive for October 21, 2012

A Big Thank You to All Who Participated and Volunteered in the Fall Memorial Century

Michael Lemos:

Another High Desert Memorial Fall Century in the books. Thanks to our awesome volunteers who spent the day supporting our riders. Registration crew, sag dudes, rest stop hosts and finish line lunch ‘caterer’…You all did the High Desert Cyclists proud!

Special thanks to Bicycle John’s Lancaster, Benz Sanitation and Starbuck’s for your support. And all the work that goes on behind the scenes, the advertising, permits, insurance, routes, reserving the College parking lot and just talking it up!

Our volunteers included Charlene Duran, Diana Miranda, Pat Hogan, Kevin Walsh, Colin Baird, Rich Coffman, Rob Laughton, Lu Quinn, Bob Macdonald, Elaine Macdonald, Michele Chavez, Sarge Chavez, Tony Miranda, Mark Stiver, Greg Ebbert and my very own specialist volunteer, Nancy Lemos.

Michele Chavez:

Thanks to all the amazing riders in the Fall Memorial Century, Metric Century, and 25-mile ride. It was incredible watching you all participate and brave our Antelope Valley winds to complete your rides. I salute you!

We received this comment from Eric Bruins of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, who rode the Century yesterday:

New favorite roads up in the western Antelope Valley. Like, Solvang quality. Want to come back.

Eric also sent these spectacular photos.

Ridge on Elizabeth Lake Rd

Yesterday’s ride in the Antelope Valley. Marine layer rolling over the ridge on Elizabeth Lake Road. Photo by Eric Bruins

Old Ridge

Western tip of the Antelope Valley from Old Ridge Route. Photo by Eric Bruins


New Cruiser Bike Rides Led by Elaine Macdonald

Monday Cruisers

The Club is offering a Monday morning ride for beginners or retirees who would like to cruise along at a slower pace. Elaine Macdonald will lead the Monday morning rides starting at 8:00 am. The rides leave on time! No one is left behind! The average speed is 10 miles per hour, and average distances are 20-25 miles. This is a good opportunity to learn the bicycle routes while riding on the surface streets, and bicycle paths in the Antelope Valley. Riding will help keep you in condition, is good for your health while loosing unwanted calories.

Rides will take place from different locations in the Antelope Valley on most Mondays. It is advisable to email an RSVP to Elaine before the Monday ride. If weather is bad, Elaine will cancel the ride by Sunday 6:00 pm. If you’re on the ride list, you will get cancelation notice.


Final Brunch Ride of Season was a lot of fun

We had a small turnout, but the final Brunch Ride of the season was a lot of fun and very enjoyable. The weather started out a lttle nippy, but eventually warmed up, and the day became a beautiful day to ride!

Last Brunch Ride of 2012

Ashley Jones, Randy Jones, Richard Maine, and Michele Chavez on the Brunch Ride October 13, 2012. Photo taken by Trindel Maine.

Brunch Ride October 2012

Ashley Jones, Randy Jones, Richard Maine, and Trindel Maine on the October 2012 Brunch Ride. Photo taken by Michele Chavez


BMX Demonstration at Monte Vista Elementary Sept. 22, 2012, featuring Chad Loyd & Brian Frederick

On September 22, 2012, High Desert Cyclists Chad Loyd and Brian Frederick gave a demonstration of BMX riding at Monte Vista Elementary School in Lancaster.


HDC President Kevin Walsh finishes 2012 Furnace Creek 508

Our congratulations to High Desert Cyclists club president Kevin Walsh (Wolverine), who rode from Santa Clarita to 29 Palms over the weekend in AdventureCorps Furnace Creek 508 race. Amazing job, Kevin!

Kevin Walsh Furnace Creek 508 2012

Kevin Walsh accepts his finishers medal and commemorative jersey after he finishes the Furnace Creek 508 in 41:01:01

Kevin will recount his latest 508 adventure at our monthly meeting on Monday, October 15th, at Nick’s Pizzeria. You won’t want to miss this!


Words from Colin Baird

As I rode through the South of France this morning, (or, was it Leona Valley’s Wine Country?), I thought about nothing. While it took me almost an hour to get my mind to think about nothing, I realized I had accomplished my goal for my daily training ride. I then turned around and headed back for reality and my day at work, but I still had another 45 minutes to think about nothing as I blazed home at a rocket ship pace (well, okay it was 28 mph, but that’s fast for me). This is why I ride. It’s so my mind will turn off and deal with the sounds of the birds, the wheels motioning over the open road, the coyote’s yearning for a fresh meal, and to hear what nature has in store for each one of us lucky enough to get our daily rides in.

Speaking of daily rides, this Saturday October 6th is the day I’ve been waiting for, (primarily because I don’t HAVE to work), but also because our own Kevin Walsh and Jim Harris will both be competing in the grueling 48 hour, 508 mile (that’s right, no sleep), Furnace Creek 508. It is perhaps the toughest sanctioned bicycling event for endurance athletes anywhere.

Your chance to see the entire cast of nut cases who ride this annual event (Kevin and Jim, you are both indeed nuts) will be this Saturday October 6th between the hours of 7:45 and 11:00 AM at 110th and Avenue J. I will lead a contingency of riders out from our normal starting point of 1965 West Avenue L (the Ralph’s Shopping Center). Since I want to make certain we get there on time, I’m planning on leaving at 0645. If you don’t make it there by 0645, I’m sure there will be stragglers who leave at 0700, but you may not see the groups as they go flying down Johnson Hill Road at nearly 60 MPH! I’ll be waiting at Avenue J and 110th as the solo riders and their support trucks come flying down the hill. Kevin will be riding under the guises of “Wolverine”, and Jim will be under “Great Eagle”.

I have nothing formal planned for Saturday, but once the solo group goes by, I may head up to Upper Shake Campground above Lake Hughes and head back down to the valley floor to watch the second wave go through later in the morning. You are welcome (and encouraged) to join me. Lots of fun and camaraderie….

The pace for Saturday will be slow so I can enjoy myself. After all, It’s all about me….

Anyways, bye for now.

The Big Diesel