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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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August 15 – Cool Breeze Century – This organized ride is put on my the CIBC and starts in Ventura. This is a great first Century.

August 23 – Winnetka Awakening – Another fun and easy #1 rated ride. Come visit my home town.

August 29 – Tour of Two Topanga Tops – I think our Two Topanga rides are the best rides we offer for the mileage.

September 12 – Little Tujunga Canyon – Join us on this short but tough #3 rated ride. “Little T” is a classic local canyon.

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

September 19 – Mr. Mugu – This remote ride is a blast. The Malibu Triathlon takes place today. This means that we get a protected bike lane for about 20 miles.

September 26 – Ring Around The Rose Bowl – Ever ridden around the world famous Rose Bowl?

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 24 – Franklin, I Don’t 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. You’ll be tired enough after to eat a lot of candy.

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

Compagni - Gelsons'sBON VOYAGE, PAL JOEY - Many SFVBC friends have been relaying a bittersweet farewell to longtime member Joseph Nemec, shown here on a 2013 club ride, who departed August 18 for the Phillippines to start a new life in retirement with his lovely wife, in a lovely house they've been building there. There are reports he may be getting involved in local agriculture and he will certainly be riding, since friends pitched in for a Scott mountain bike as a going-away present. Most of you know daughter Anastacia, who will keep up Joseph's tradition of dropping pretty much everyone he rode with, and will keep us updated on her dad's endeavors. Photo: Mark Reden
Announcements
MORE THAN A RUMOR - IT'S A CLUB PICNIC On Sunday, September 20th, you'll have the chance to hobnob with fellow cyclists while enjoying Jersey Mike's subs and other treats in a pastoral setting. And if you're a club member, it's free for you and your family! We expect a big turnout so RSVP is required - either on the club Facebook page, or online signup (coming soon) - but it's an event you won't want to miss so save the date.

SFVBC 2015 Club Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 20 12PM
Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys
(Look for signs for the exact location at the park)

Best of all, you'll be able to pelt Vice President of Membership Jory Gorcey with water balloons (ok, that's a rumor). 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!


    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.
ENTER TO WIN 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!

COMPAGNI GROUP RIDE
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
AUG 29 SAT  CHATSWORTH PUDDLE CHALLENGE  26, 39  5831,145  1, 2  104105  57, 50  
TOUR OF TWO TOPANGA TOPS  45  1,960  741  66  
SOMIS SOPRESA  68  2,554  813  92  
MOUNT WILSON WHINE  82  6,286  416  102  
AUG 30 SUN  SHERMAN OAKS  28  354  172  46  
MONTE NIDO’S REVENGE  44  2,135  732A  34  
Note:
  • 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 RideWithGPS.com, where you can also download Garmin .gpx and .tcx files (click on the Export tab).
You may park your bike at the side of the road, just like a car.
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