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by Rich Savitt

 


 

* The Free Lap Rule

* Race Numbers 101

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.
http://www.caltriplecrown.com/schedule.htm
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

by George Tomasich

Everest14-2wThe Everest Challenge Stage Race is a California racing scene classic. Over the years many CV members, had the opportunity to participate in this unique event, and share the experience with fellow riders...For the ones that are not familiar with this sanctioned USA cycling race, here is a little introduction: *"The Everest Challenge is every cyclist's chance to experience the same kind of climbing that "Le Tour" is famous for. Except that our Eastern Sierra climbs are longer, and our two stages are tougher, than any back-to-back stages in the Tour de France. Our three highest summits are much higher than the Tour de France has ever gone! The Everest Challenge offers a truly world class cycling experience with climbing that is unsurpassed. The scenic beauty of the Eastern Sierras is the setting for a unique and challenging race and ride for the US race calendar. The Everest Challenge is the hardest two day stage race on the USA Cycling calendar. Each day features three monumental climbs, with a total elevation gain of 29,035 feet in 206 miles. Cumulative time over the two days determines overall placing. But you do not have to be a USAC racer to come to the Everest Challenge to test yourself against these amazing mountains. Climbs are rated the same way as they are at the Tour de France, using a system of numerical ratings. Five of our six climbs are rated "HC" beyond category. Only the climb up Waucoba Canyon is "merely" Cat.1. No other ride in the United States packs so much climbing into two days. You will be climbing or descending nearly the whole race!!"

Read more: Everest Challenge Recap

 

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