The Official Word

by Rich Savitt



* The Free Lap Rule

* Race Numbers 101

by George Tomasich

CVBA2015 1aThe Breathless Agony is a long and hard century. The route includes a dirt road, four passes, and a mountain-top finish at mile 75.

The ride starts in Redlands and winds through a semi-rural area before climbing Jack Rabbit Trail (pass #1, dirt road). Then, after visiting Beaumont, the route heads up Oak Glen Road (pass #2), followed by a descent to Mill Creek Ranger Station.

Here the ride enters San Bernardino National Forest, climbing Mill Creek Road (pass #3), aka Damnation Alley.

After visiting Angelus Oaks, Highway 38 continues on to climb up to Onyx Summit (pass #4, 8,443 feet). From Onyx Summit it is 38 miles back to the start, most of it downhill.

A big group of Canyon Velo fellow riders got together at the starting line, ready to confront these slopes, interminable climbs.

The CV contingent included Danny Davisson, David Stanton, Ralph Bonnin, Glen Wells, John Ritchie, Chris Morris, Chris Bergstrom, Clint Shaffer, & myself (I hope not forgetting anyone)

Read more: Breathless Agony 2015

by George Tomasich

JENSL'Etape California featured much of the same climbs and roads the professional riders raced during the Amgen Tour of California's Queen Stage, finishing at Mt. Baldy on Saturday, May 16 ...showcasing beautiful roads and a significant amount of climbing!

During the event, participants had the opportunity to ride with cycling legend and Amgen Tour of California Ambassador, Jens Voigt.

Read more: L'Etape Mt Baldy 2015

by Rich Savitt

TdCure2015Canyon Velo's 21st year participating in the Tour de Cure set a new club record for fund raising. Our team of ten riders raised $8,804 for the American Diabetes Association. This included $1,500 in matching funds from the club treasury. This placed us in 5th place in the Club/Organization Team category just behind Boy Scout Troup 860. The Major Motion cycling club was first with a total of $18,085. The top fund raising team overall was the Northrop Grumman corporate team (Team Skunk Works) with $34,046.

Congratulations to Christy Frazelle-Goodsel who was Canyon Velo's top individual fundraiser ($2,407). We had three participants who achieved "Champion" status raising over $1,000: Christy, Paul Scaglion, and Rich Savitt.

Team Canyon Velo roster: Christy Frazelle-Goodsell, Paul Scaglion, Rich Savitt, Lisa and Danny Davisson, Ed Kissee, Wesley Kriddle, Billy Suvoy and Paul Leek.

Read more: Tour de Cure 2015 A Huge Success

by Rob Kelly

Editor's Note: The Mulholland Double Century was early April, and the staff workers get together the weekend before the event to do the ride themselves.  Rob was one of the staff workers for the ride, and turned in this report of the ride.  The descent video is amazing, especially considering the poor quality of the road in that section.

We started at 4:35 am heading toward the coast from Thousand Oaks, temperatures going down the first part of Malibu Canyon were in the mid 30's, it's not so bad climbing, but descending is almost painful.  Going south on PCH toward Santa Monica we hit our first climb of the day, New Topanga, and then Old Topanga which would take us through the town of Calabasas, eventually making the turn west on Mulholland Hwy.

The event now took us the entire length of Mulholland to the coast before heading north on PCH including the infamous Rock Store Climb. I remember looking at my garmin at 7:30am and seeing 3500ft elevation gain. Heading north on PCH to our next turn, Yerba Buena Road, right next to the famous Neptune's Net restaurant. Yerba is a steady climb, not to steep, but when we made the left on Cotharin, we hit 12-16% grade. It was there I figured out I needed 2 more gears.

The views from the top of Cotharin are stunning to say the least. The descent down to PCH on Deer Creek is can be intimidating. I'd give it a 7.5 on the sphincter scale. It's a constant 10-12% grade, poor pavement and the road never flattens out. You're on your brakes all the way down the mountain. I've heard tales of carbon fiber wheels delaminating due to heat!
This video was taken by a guy in our group yesterday.

Making our way north on PCH past Point Mugu, and to our next climb Portrero Road. This is a nice 12-16% knee popper. At the top we made good time through Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Oak Park before heading into Moorpark to the summit of the Famous Norwegian Grade. On to Santa Rosa Road to Camarillo and straight in to head wind all the way back to the coast.  The winds were strong and I knew once we got around Point Mugu the wind would be at our back making the 20 miles to Decker easy.

At the intersection of Decker Canyon and PCH my garmin was displaying 10,000ft elevation gain at mile 150, it was 6pm, and we still had 6800ft to climb with 42 miles to go. Lol
Decker is a steep climb. It immediately starts at 12-17% from sea level eventually leveling out at the fire station. From there we pushed on until we finally hit the last climb of the day, Piuma. This is a 5.7 mile climb that is long slog but just surreal and beautiful in the dark. This climb would be completely different in day light. From the top of this climb you can see Malibu and the Valley, stunning views. From there, it was a cold ride back to Thousand Oaks.
This was the staff ride, for those of us working the actual event next weekend, but it does count in the Ca Triple Crown scoring.

My garmin is set to total time, and it was 18:10 with 16829ft elevation gain, 195 miles.
If you page down you can see the difficulty ratings on these doubles.
Devil Mountain Double is in 3 weeks! 


Click HERE for the 2014 Award Winners


Here are the 2014 Award Nominees

Most Improved Rider Nominees

(In Alphabetical Order)
Brett Chambers

Justin Corea
Danny Davisson
Christy Goodsell
Andrew Simpson

Rider of the Year Nominees

(In Alphabetical Order)
Rob Kelly

Eddie Kissee
Paul Leek
Ryan Mongan
David Stanton
George Tomasich
Glen Wells



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