Starting Time & Location: Unless otherwise noted, all SFVBC rides start from the CSUN (California State University Northridge) campus Parking Lot “B1” at the northwest corner of Nordhoff Street and Etiwanda Avenue promptly at 8:00 AM. Park “offsite” and ride over to avoid the $4 parking fee (there is always ample parking on Nordhoff at that time).
The rides start at Serious Cycling – 19600 Plummer St. #100, Northridge, or at nearby Western Bagel. The fast ride, jointly with the Serious Cycling riders, leaves at 8:15 a.m., as does the slower group. The intermediate riders leave at 7:45 a.m in summer, 8 in winter. The rest stop is at the Corner Bakery in Simi Town Center, 36 miles round trip, with a 32 mile version popular in heavy wind. Some fast riders may return through Thousand Oaks after the Corner Bakery stop, 68 miles total, or do a ride into the Santa Monica mountains without going to Simi.
The ability to go over Santa Susana Pass (twice) is a must.
The fast (really fast) and slower groups leave the CVS at 23357 Mulholland Drive, in the mall south of Avenue San Luis, at 8:30 am and 8:15 am (8 am in the summer for the slower group), respectively. The intermediate group leaves from Albertsons (meet near the right rear of the lot) at Agoura Road and Las Virgenes at 8 am, most riding through Hidden Valley, 37 or 41 miles with shorter options.
The intermediate group breaks at the Corner Bakery, and the slower group breaks at the Champagne French Bakery, both in Westlake. The routes may vary from the route slips shown above (inquire at start).
– Bob Winning & Bud Bates