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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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October 4 - Tour Of Two Topanga Tops ­ Many think this is our best local ride. I agree. Old Topanga Canyon is a gem.

October 10 - Griffith Park ­ Always a popular ride to an incredible urban park.

October 11 and 25 - The Compagni Group ride. Join us in our new twice monthly group ride. More details on our rides page.

October 24 ­ Franklin, I Don¹t Give A Dam ­ Very fun rides. The #4 rides by amazing homes on the way to the break and past the Franklin Dam on the way back.

October 31 ­ Spend Halloween day riding in the mountains. You¹ll be tired enough after to eat a lot of candy.

November 7 - Val Verde Direct - A fun ride to the hamlet of Val Verde.

November 7 - May Canyon Misnomer - A very difficult ride, much over closed roads. There is dirt on this ride. It¹s all ridable on a road bike. This is a test piece that you¹ll either love or hate. If you¹ve not hated it yet, give it a try. This is our only 4+ rated ride. I LOVE this ride. I¹m also evil.

November 8 and 22 - The Compagni Group ride. Join us in our new twice monthly group ride. More details on our rides page.

November 15 - Little Tokyo Treat - Join us on a new ride for the first of our monthly mid-Valley Sunday rides.

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 'T'errific.

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.

- 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!

Bike For Life"BIKE FOR LIFE" AUTHOR ROY WALLACK, who spoke at an SFVBC meeting in 2010, will be in the area Nov. 4 to give a presentation on the release of a new edition of his book with substantial additions. Featured will be details on "Maximum Overload" - a training technique used by David Zabriskie and other pros to "eliminate second-half deterioration and theoretically do the last hill of the day as fast as the first".  Also addressed are what might be regarded as second-half of your life deterioration: how the technique results in strength and longevity benefits for the 40+ cyclist. REI Woodland Hills, 7PM Wed. Nov. 4.

    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
NOV 26 THU  CALABASAS CUSS & FUSS  25  750  116  65   Thanksgiving
NOV 28 SAT  ENCINO EXPRESS  25, 49  4861,195  1, 2  148149  19, 20  
ROSE BOWL  55  2,142  408  44  
OFF TO THE RACES  79  2,797  471  37  
ANGELES FOREST FROLIC  89  6,133  205  28  
NOV 29 SUN  TARZANA TREK  25, 41  483849  1, 2  108109  33, 12  
  • 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).
Who is usually at fault in a bicycle/motor vehicle collision?
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