The PDW Omnium returns this year to Alpenrose Velodrome in Portland. Head to PDW for all the details!
Hey ladies of Los Angeles!
“Join us for Bikepacking: Camp with your Bicycle. It’s our third installment of Sunday Social, a series of women’s events at Golden Saddle Cyclery. Come hang out, have a drink, and meet some other ladies who ride. This time around, Jocelyn Gaudi of Komorebi Cycling Team from Portland, Oregon will walk us through bikepacking basics and share her experiences as a mountain bike skills teacher and bikepacking ride leader. There will be a short talk and plenty of time to socialize with friends, check out some gear, and ask questions. You’ll learn about bag and rack options for carrying stuff on your bike, what to bring, plus tips and tricks for packing light and staying safe. Beginners welcome! Women only please. Bring your own cup for beverages. See you at the shop!”
When Sean from Team Dream found out what the route was for this year’s Tour of California stop in LA, he began scheming about how we could welcome the race with a KOM party… The thing about partying on top of a mountain is it takes a bit of planning. Sure, you could pull a grill, a cooler and food up a 5,500′ climb in a Bob Trailer but you’d end up being too pooped to party at the end of it. This left Sean with a decent plan: he’d shuttle his VW van, dubbed “the Brick” up to the top of Upper Big T at HWY 2, filled with all the necessary goods to throw down one hell of a hangout on the course. We’d wait for the peloton, grill hot dogs, drink beer and when the race came through, erupt with unrivaled support for the racers. Sounds like a good time, right?
As I was herding people from Golden Saddle, Sean was shuttling his van up to the KOM, barely arriving back to South Pasadena in time to begin the group ride. We went up Highway 2, one of the most scenic road rides in California. All 40 of us. With bikepacking bags loaded with food, water and camera equipment, I took off with the group on my rigid 29’r and sneakers. Believe me, doing a “road ride” on a loaded down MTB isn’t all that fun, but I was stoked to see Adam doing the same… and yeah, it made for some playful jibs along the way.
Check out the story in the Gallery!
Brooklyn Red Hook Crit No. 9
Photos and words by Chris Lee
The clouds hung very grey and ominous that morning. No surprise since it rained for most of the day prior. Nevertheless, as soon as the announcement was made that qualifying rounds would begin, the sun broke through the clouds and the ninth iteration of the Red Hook Crit was on.
With every year, there seems to be an inevitable metamorphosis. Admittedly, RHC is not the birthday celebration race that it once was. Nowadays, banners of corporate sponsors don the barricades, along with newly acquired bicycle sponsor, Specialized. But the allure and the romance of RHC still remains and the level of competition becoming elevated with every stop. This year brought pro, elite and working class athletes from 48 countries, hungry to represent their team and country on the podium. This was especially true in the women’s field who, in many ways, were the most eager to bring the spotlight to their efforts, which indeed shined brightly.
While this year’s Crit was not without it’s fair share of controversy and bloodshed, a fiercely competitive male and female peloton chose their champions. In the end, Ainara Elbusto, an Italian representing Conor WRC, fought through crashes and sprinted for the win in the women’s race while Colin Strickland, an American representing Allez Allez-Specialized, broke away for a solo win after a devastating crash in the men’s field involving a stalled moto.
Although it’s not certain what the next metamorphosis will look like for the Red Hook Crit. What is certain is that anyone can still earn the top spot on the podium, pro or amateur, which makes this race’s allure even stronger every year.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be leading a group ride from Golden Saddle Cyclery (1618 Lucile Ave) to the Cub House in South Pas (1412 El Centro St) at 8am. We’ll roll out and meet up with the group ride leaving the Cub House at 9:30, so be on time! From there, we’ll all ride at a chill pace up Highway 2 to Upper Big T where Sean’s VW Van is parked, loaded with goodies as we watch the Amgen Tour of California race past!
Wanna ride across the country and then ride back? Well, Search and State is making it
easy easier for you. For more information, head over to Search and State. This looks like a lot of fun!
Each year, the Mt Wilson Bicycling Association throws a Pancake Breakfast early in the spring on a Sunday morning. Its intent is to bring the mountain bike community together for a fundraiser, raffle and of course, gorge on pancakes! This year, it coincided with the re-opening of the Ken Burton trail, which happens to end right at the campground where the breakfast took place. Last night, the guys at Golden Saddle Cyclery organized an easy bikepacking trip out to camp at the grounds where the event would take place the following morning. This made for an easy wake up as volunteers arrived to set up the grills and pack in all the supplies for the afternoon.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t join in the festivities until this morning, but I arrived just in time for some hotcakes, coffee and camaraderie… and to see the park fill up with mountain bikers of all kinds!
Many, many thanks to the volunteers of the MWBA for throwing such a great event and for everyone who helped in the re-opening of Ken Burton! Enjoy the slide show and stay tuned for a few bike Galleries!
“We’re heading to the Cub House in Pasadena, Saturday April 30th to check out the local riding and to hang out with the Ringtail and Team Dream Crew! We’ll be converging on theCub House at 8:30 AM and leaving at 9 AM to go for a 35-ish mile ride across mixed terrain along Highway 2 in the Angeles National Forest. Look for about 3,000 feet of climbing. The ride will be doable on a road bike, just bring flat repair! At noon, we’ll be meeting back up at the Cub House to drink beverages, eat food, hang out, talk bikes, and talk Stinner. Come join us for the ride and mingle, just the ride, or just the shop talk afterwards, we’d love to have you!”
I’d suggest a cross bike, but it’s been done on a road bike before. I’ll be there, so come along and join in on the fun!
9am roll out
The Cub House
1412 El Centro
South Pasadena, CA
… and with a new bike sponsor, Specialized, who has artist McKenzie Sampson designing the team kits and bikes for their new squad, Allez Allez. With a new sponsor comes new prize bikes and here are the two prize bikes for the winners of Brooklyn, this Saturday, April 30th. Stay tuned for more coverage…
This Sunday MWBA is holding their annual Pancake Breakfast and raffle. Coincidentally, they’re also celebrating the opening of the newly re-worked Ken Burton Trail. We’ll all be there, so if you can make it, please do so! RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.