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. (7:45 summer). The slower group leaves at 8:15. The intermediate group* leaves at 8 a.m. (7:45 summer, earlier on really hot days). 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) group leaves the CVS at 23357 Mulholland Drive, in the mall south of Avenue San Luis, at 8:30 am, most returning without a break. The slower group leaves from the north end of Valmar Road at Mulholland Drive (street parking) at 8:30 am (8 am summer). 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. A group of strong and intermediate riders leaves CVS at 9:15, breaking in Westlake. The intermediate group breaks at the Corner Bakery in Westlake. The slower group breaks at the Champagne French Bakery, also in Westlake.
*The intermediate rides do not always occur. If interested, contact the ride director to confirm.
– Bud Bates