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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'sOH, HENRY! Turning lemons into lemonade is one thing cyclists do best. An example might be turning the mundane chore of changing a tire into an entertaining contest, and that's just what happened at this year's annual Club Picnic. There was no shortage of competition (including Armen Hagobian and David Hunter, above), but when Henry Riley (inset) stepped up with his calm, deliberate manner he took first prize - changing a stubborn tire in the remarkable time of 1 minute and 47 seconds. The effort won him two primo Specialized tires, and the right to change everyone's flats on his club rides for two years (the prize was one year, but was upped to two because Henry's such a good guy). Photos: Mark Reden
DON'T FORGET TO RSVP FOR THE SFVBC CLUB PICNIC and reserve delicious Jersey Mike's sandwiches for you and your family. It's free for all club members! We expect a big turnout so RSVP is required by Thursday, Sept. 17. You can either do that in the My Profile on the Members page of the website or on the club Facebook page.

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)

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!

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).

Q.  My ideal Saturday ride is:
0-29 miles
30-59 miles
60+ miles

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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
TOUR OF TWO TOPANGA TOPS  40  1,702  740  55  
OCT 10 SAT  ENCINO EXPRESS  25, 49  4861,195  1, 2  148149  6, 3  
GRIFFITH PARK  52  1,474  512  6  
FALL FOLIAGE FOLLY  78, 86  5,4635,298  4, 5  212214  8, 4  
  • 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).
810,000 at the 2005 Tour de France. What is it?
A The number of spectators watching the final stage B The number of pedal strokes taken by each rider C The number of euros to the winner Answer
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