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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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
As you know, we pay nearly $25,000 per volunteer for volunteers at each Century event. (Just kidding) In past years it has been very easy to attract volunteers because of our generous giving policy. In return, we simply asked for a $24,499 donation back from the volunteer. (Just kidding again) This created a net expense to the club of $1.00 for each event per volunteer. (Just kidding, we really don’t pay for volunteers!). Because times are tough, we’re asking volunteers to continue to work for free……..
For the 2012 HDC Fall Century we are once again NOT PAYING for volunteers, but we know you can help bring them to us because of your charm and exceptional wit. Kids make good donations for volunteers, and sometimes it’s cheaper to donate the child, and take a deduction on your tax return in lieu of picking him up after the ride event. There have been many times during my 4 kids life when a donation sounded really attractive…
In this election year I ask you to please,
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Okay, maybe this is overkill, but please bring us volunteers. We still have room for the following positions.
- Volunteers are needed to man our 4 rest stops. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have a tent in case we forget you after the ride is over.
- We also need -Roving sag to keep our riders safe out on the course. For those of you in Rio Linda California, SAG stands for Support and Gear, but we also refer to it as your only friend when you need one most.
- Since we plan on registering folks the day of the ride, we’ll need folks to man the registration check in area. (The beginning of the ride is when everyone looks their best, so this spot goes fast for single boys and girls, get your spots early).
- Setup and clean up. We don’t have our parents with us on this ride, so we really need help with set up and clean up. We promised not to tell your spouses you were cleaning up… We don’t want your spouse to have false expectations going forward.
- We need pickup trucks or SUV’s to take tables/chairs/popups and supplies out to the rest stops. We have lots of rednecks here in the AV, so someone has to have a pickup or SUV besides the 3 diesel trucks in my driveway!
So there it is, our special needs list. Contact Michael Lemos at email@example.com directly as he has generously put together a talented team of terrific tabulators that will keep track of where everyone goes the day of the ride.
AV High Desert Fall Century
October 20, 2012
7:00AM start – Antelope Valley College
Sign up today! Registration is OPEN.
Save $10.00 by signing up before October 2, 2012.
This 8th annual ride is being held on October 20, 2012. Featuring an exciting route with scenic vistas and very few stoplights or stop signs. If you’ve never ridden in the AV this is a perfect ride to get acquainted with the area. Wide open roads with light traffic are excellent for cyclists. There is a route for all levels of cyclists. Seasoned roadies will find the 100 miler to be a challenge and recreational riders will enjoy the shorter mileage rides.
Come on out and ride!
There will be 3 ride distances.
- 25 miles – flat ride – great for beginners and recreational cyclists.
- 62 miles – good amount of climbing with very scenic roads.
- 100 miles – The big one. This ride features extended climbing and will be a challenge for the fittest riders.
Antelope Valley College – north east parking lot near 30th St. West and Ave. J-8.
The ride features full SAG support, multiple rest stops, and lunch at the end of the ride.
If you have any questions please email Century Chairman Mike Lemos. Thank you!
Colin Baird announces our latest Saturday morning ride for July 28, 2012:
Okay everyone, here is our first test to see how you are doing with a little climbing. During this ride we’ll ride in the paceline we worked on a few weeks ago, you’ll learn a little about eating for longer rides as we will talk about when to eat, and when not to, and we’ll do a few intervals along the way.
Since everyone will have different intervals and periods doing the intervals, it will be important that we meet at predesignated spots. Please plan on regrouping at L and 90th, Avenue I and 110th West, and Munz Ranch Road. We also wait at the top of Munz to make certain all riders get there okay.
This is a no one gets dropped ride so please be curteous of others and make sure they finish. This ride will probably take 3-4 hours for most folks, so please bring the appropriate supplies for food and drink.
We will stop at the Rock Store in Lake Hughes, and again in Leona Valley. The roads are sketchy in spots, so please be careful while following in the paceline.
Drivers are inconsiderate on Elizabeth Lake Road sometimes so be prepared. Helmets are required.
Visit the route at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/116995715. The ride leader will be Colin Baird.