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SoCal cyclists: Anyone Cruisin' the Conejo next weekend?(5 posts)

SoCal cyclists: Anyone Cruisin' the Conejo next weekend?bcm119
May 2, 2003 8:09 AM
I'm planning on the "challenging Metric" since I don't have time to do the full century. Any comments on this ride? I've never done it before.
Did it in 2000mohair_chair
May 2, 2003 8:46 AM
Or maybe it was 2001. Anyway, there was a heavy marine layer that day that didn't lift until past noon. It was cold and wet for the first 60 miles. I'm talking soaking wet, as if it were raining! The descents were not quite as fun in those conditions, and the descent down to Camarillo was absolutely trecherous. I knew I was going to crash on that thing and I have no idea how I survived without going down. I don't think you do that particular section in the metric.

They say the year before it was sunny and temps were close to 100 degrees. Most of the big trees have burned in various fires, so the Santa Monica mountains can be brutal on hot days. Bring clothing for all weather conditions and decide what to wear when you get there.

Other than the weather, I enjoyed the ride, and I'd do it again. I grew up in the area but wasn't a cyclist until I moved away, so it was cool to ride roads I knew but had never ridden. I don't know what kind of climber you are, but only the "Rock Store" climb could be considered steep in my book, and it's not that bad.

The worst part of the ride is passing through Thousand Oaks to get to the hills, or in the case of the full century, coming back to the start from Moorpark. For the metric, you probably won't have to deal with nearly as much traffic because you come in a different way.
As an N.P. High graduate I would recommend the ridechopper
May 2, 2003 8:58 AM
The roads are challenging and scenic enough to make it a good ride. I agree with Mohair in that the weather can be tricky especially if the Marine layer is in full effect. Its been a few years since I moved and I imagine some of the rural parts between Camarillo, Moorpark and TO have now been built up so traffic might be a problem. Enjoy, I am a little envious. I'll be doing a 66-miler on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Puget Sound this weekend.
re: SoCal cyclists: Anyone Cruisin' the Conejo next weekend?No_sprint
May 2, 2003 9:16 AM
Bring your rain gear. It's supposed to rain on the entire California coastline Saturday.
I'll be doing the 21 mile ride, ~7 mph!!Guidosan
May 2, 2003 3:21 PM
The Conejo rides are nice and the metric is tough for me, but still do-able. You would probably enjoy it, nice roads and a good number of other cyclists out there.

Last year I did the 21-mile with my two oldest boys and we finished in three hours. They really want to do it again and now my youngest is biting at the bit to go along too. The great thing about the Conejo rides is the people, friendly and very helpful. Go for it and say hi if you see some guy with three young kids cruising at 7 mile/hr!
Mark