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


HDC Sponsors Poker Ride Oct 27th

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.


All 31 riders at the start.

Heading up 90th to Ave L


Some of the HDC members at the event.



HDC supports The Painted Turtle, Saturday, October 19

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.

At the finish line, five members of the team.

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.

Our final rest stop


The riding and support team

Four of the HDC support team: Elaine, Ingrid, Nancy, and Diane

Phil and Colin at the start


All ready for the start, Mike, Paul and Tony.


Update: Club Jerseys

Ordered club jerseys have arrived! Please contact Ingrid to pay for and collect them.

Our great new short-sleeved jersey. In this photo worn over thermals.

Our great new short-sleeved jersey. In this photo worn over thermals.


Monday Cruiser Ride, September 9

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.


Great turnout for Beginners ride on Sunday Sept 8th

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.

Sunday 8th Sept ride

HDC Riders riding safely in single file



Beach Ride July 2013

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.

Our fantastic SAG support vehicle.


Riders on their way to Fillmore.


A great barbecue at the end of a fantastic day riding.

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!



2013 Election Results

President – Kevin Walsh

Vice President – Michele Chavez

Treasurer – Mike Lemos

Secretary – Ingrid Whitton

Board members – Nancy Lemos, Chad Loyd , Branden Wade , Scott Lynch, Trindel Maine


Wrightwood Ride May 2013

The HDC Wrightwood 2013 ride

The HDC Wrightwood 2013 ride

This was a great 100-mile ride from Lancaster to Wrightwood and return, with 7,500 feet of climbing.