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Welcome to the San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club website. We are a multi-level, endurance road bike club with about 400 members. We offer a variety of rides every Saturday and Sunday, and if you're visiting LA and happen to have your bike along, we offer some of the best riding in SoCal. Please come out and join us.
-Randy Lawrence, Ride Director 
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November 28 - Off To The Races - This is Andy Shaker¹s now famous ride. It¹s really fun.

December 6 - Tour of the Tarzana T¹s - This ride has a lot of, well, T¹s. It¹s really ³T²errific.

December 13 and 27 - The Compagni Group ride. Join us in our new twice monthly group ride. More details on our rides page.

December 19 - Palos Verdes Century - Our annual December running of this classic ride. It¹s very well attended.

December 20 - Silverlake Remote - Join us on a new ride for the second of our monthly mid-Valley Sunday rides. Last month the turn out was huge!

- RandyUnclipped
In this blog, our Ride Director offers a glimpse into his cycling stream of consciousness.

Compagni - Gelsons'sLITTLE TOKYO LAYOVER Due to the enduring popularity of Jory Gorcey's non-club Sunday rides leaving from his house in Sherman Oaks, Randy decided to show East Valley members some respect and either 1) Initiate a moderately-paced ride from that end, or 2) Rename the club 'WSFVBC". That didn't fit on a jersey, so a new ride was born. The first edition stopped for Japanese pastries in downtown L.A.'s Little Tokyo neighborhood (above), and by most accounts it was a big success. The plan is to make it the third Sunday of every month, leaving from the parking lot of L.A. Valley College in North Hollywood. Photo: Mark Reden or surrogate
AnnouncementsCANDIDATE STATEMENTS DUE If you're a candidate to become an SFVBC Officer in December's election (President, Vice President - Development, & Vice President - Website are currently uncontested) statements will be posted online after the November 16 board meeting. Get yours in ASAP and let other members know where you stand! Details here.

Current Candidate Statments

The following list of rules, which have been unofficial for as long as anyone can remember, was made official by board action in September 2015 as the club "credo". Mostly common sense, the rules are nonetheless critical to members' safety. The board is currently formulating a policy for expulsion from the club in cases of egregious/repeated violations:

  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Be courteous and "ride friendly"
  • Don’t usurp anyone’s right of way
  • Represent our club and the sport of cycling well
  • Hold your line
  • Ride safely and predictably
  • Call and point out road hazards
  • Help each other out with flats and mechanicals
  • Respect regroup points and break locations
  • Let someone know if you intend to deviate from the route

SFVBC T-Shirt THIS IS AN ATTRACTIVE T-SHIRT, ISN'T IT? Wouldn't you like to own one? If you're a club member, you can - just log in and order online using PayPal or any major credit card. Why am I bringing this up now? Because all sizes are in stock!

HOLIDAY DINNER TICKETS ON SALE It's that time of year again - tickets are available for SFVBC's Holiday Dinner Extravaganza, 6:30 PM Wednesday, December 16 at the Encino Community Center. SFVBC Board Elections will be held, so you can do your part while enjoying a 100% lycra-free evening of conversation and delicious cuisine from Old Fashion Deli with the people you cross tires with every weekend. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets

    WHAT'S COMING UP in the way of longer, organized rides - centuries, randonees, & bike tours - in the southwestern U.S.? Check out the Western States Bicycle Ride Calendar for latest info.

Do you take ride photos or have a great biking story to share? Send 'em in! You could win the most important prize of all - the respect and admiration of your fellow cyclists!

For those who are new to group rides, SFVBC offers a “no drop” ride on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. This no drop ride is intended to acquaint cyclists with the skills for riding as part of a group, meet riders of equal ability to give them riding partners for any Saturday or Sunday SFVBC group rides. The Compagni Group Ride averages 12 mph over a 25-30 mile course. It is not a beginner’s ride and requires a fitness level comparable to riding at least an average of 12 mph over 15 miles and approximately 2 hours of riding. The Compagni Group Ride is lead by Bob Alonzi and Kathy Heath who emphasize safety and group riding skills to help riders prepare to join more challenging SFVBC group rides (Look for the Compagni Group Ride).

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START LOCATION: Northwest corner of Nordhoff and Etiwanda in Northridge (CSUN Parking Lot B1) Note: parking on north side of Nordhoff no longer available*
START TIME: 8:00 AM sharp (unless otherwise specified in Remarks below)
Map to Ride Start | Weather Forecast | Link to this section

Date Ride Miles  Elev. (ft)  Rating  Ride No.  Hits  Remarks
DEC 5 SAT  CHAT “WHERE’S THE WATER” LAKE  25, 52  3861,535  1, 2  120121  13, 10   Orientation Rides, with a "coach", are held on the first Saturday of the month. This is a "No Drop" ride. Orientation Rides, with a "coach", are held on the first Saturday of the month.
MONTE NIDO’S REVENGE  44  2,135  732A  23  
HIDDEN VALLEY  75  3,682  729  27  
HIDDEN VALLEY/PCH CENTURY  96  4,354  724  13  
DEC 6 SUN  TOUR OF THE TARZANA T’S  25  674  110  14  
LITTLE TUJUNGA CANYON  42  3,800  319  11  
  • Helmets are required on all SFVBC rides
  • We encourage riding with a flashing red taillight
  • Do not ride with ear buds in both ears
  • No electric-assist or motorized bikes
  • Minors welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • To download route slips, click on the corresponding ride number above. Slips are in PDF format, and are available online 1 week prior to the ride.
  • To download detailed maps and elevation profiles, click on the ride elevation. The link will take you to, where you can also download Garmin .gpx and .tcx files (click on the Export tab).
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