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So Cal'er looking for first century to do?(9 posts)

So Cal'er looking for first century to do?keith m.
Jul 31, 2001 5:50 AM
I am ready to do my first century and live in So Cal, but I don't want to ride one with 29,000 feet of climbing or 140 degree temps. Anyone know what would be a good first one to do?
You probably have missed the chance to sign up for ...Humma Hah
Jul 31, 2001 6:39 AM
... the Amtrack, Irvine to San Diego, with a train ride back. That's an excellent beginner's run, the worst climb is 400 ft at 6% and the overall climbing is among the lowest in SoCal.

Check to see if, by any miracle, they're not booked solid. Orange County Wheelmen ( also have some other events.

There are some possibilities next spring. Tour de Palm Springs, February, is about 3900 ft of climbing, not too bad -- I did it on a cruiser. Hemet is in April, and looks like a comparable amount of climbing -- that's a smaller run, actually a double-century but you have the option of just riding half.
re: So Cal'er looking for first century to do?badabill
Jul 31, 2001 8:21 AM
Here is an easy one....Foster
Jul 31, 2001 9:04 AM
Why wait for an organized century? If you're ready, you can easily do a century using the san gabriel and santa ana river trails. You could start off at the bottom of azusa canyon (check a thomas guide) and catch the san gabriel river trail down to PCH. Then just travel south to the santa ana river trail back up towards your starting point. I can give you full details on which streets to take, it's an easy, mostly flat ride.
Details details...mk_42
Jul 31, 2001 11:33 AM
I'm looking for more trails (by which I hope you mean bike paths) and would be gald for these details.

Details here....Foster
Aug 1, 2001 7:17 AM
For an easy 100 mile ride in the heart of southern california you can utilize the two main bike paths, the San Gabriel River Trail (path) and the Santa Ana River Trail. Both bike paths are very flat and have parks along side them for pitstops and water. There are so many options on different loops I can't list them all, but here is an easy one. Not sure if it's exactly a 100 miles but it's pretty close.
Start at N.San Gabriel ave which is at the end of Azusa ave in Azusa california. You can park at the base of the canyon near the ranger's station. Directly across from the ranger station is the start of the San Gabriel River trail bike path. Take the path south, soon you will reach the Santa Fe Dam recreational area. The path will continue along the top of the dam. You will have to cross Arrow hwy and remain on the west side of the river trail until you reach Beverly blvd in Whittier. At this point you will have to cross over to the other side of the path using Beverly blvd. You can continue down the path to Seal Beach. Approximate mileage to Seal Beach is about 40-44 miles. You will need to exit the bike path at Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and travel east down PCH until you reach the Santa Ana River Trail in Huntington Beach. Head north on the S.A.R.T until you reach N.Kraemer blvd/Glassell st. and head north. Kraemer blvd will end at Lambert rd in Brea. Make a left and head west on Lambert rd. Turn right and head north on State College. Turn right again on Brea canyon rd. There is a mild climb here but it is very short. Once out of the canyon, turn right on Diamond Bar blvd. Turn left on Grand ave. Continue on grand (there is a short, but steep climb in Walnut) until you reach Sierra Madre. Turn left onto Sierra Madre and head west until you reach Azusa ave/San Gabriel ave and head north back to the ranger station.

For more detailed information get a Thomas guide and Franko's map of Orange County Trails. See
Cool Breeze, 08-18-01pulver
Jul 31, 2001 9:24 AM
Another possibility is the Cool Breeze Century on Saturday August 18, which starts in Ventura at the Four Points Sheraton in the Ventura Harbor area just off the 101 Freeway. The ride goes northwest from Ventura up through East Santa Barbara County. Some rolling hills, no steep killers that I can recall, and the temps are usually as you can guess "cool" though by late morning the inland areas could be in the eighties. Ride day registration is at 6:30 a.m. and people start at their own leisure from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. There is a website at
re: So Cal'er looking for first century to do?Miggy
Jul 31, 2001 10:23 AM
I would check out the OCW's Amtrak Century, but unfortunately it is all booked for this year, and has been for about a month (I signed up when there were 50 spots left out of 950). You might want to e-mail them to see if there are any cancellations. I am 16 and it is my first century, and I have heard its not hard at all. Again its Irvine to San Diego, right the train back. $61 with train ticket.
Last year there were some spots at the start ...Humma Hah
Jul 31, 2001 11:25 AM
... For riders who live close by and can handle a little disappointment, you can try going to the signup area on the morning of the run. Some people who can't ride turn in their numbers. There was a lot of such activity last year when I started.

Also, although pre-registered, my bib number was 1250 out of about 900 they said they'd take.