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The joys and challenges of riding in the Antelope Valley

An update

January 6th, 2013

I haven’t been able to get into the blog for a long time and finally contacted support to straighten things out. Now that has been accomplished, this is just a short update to fill you in on what I’ve been doing and a promise to post something at least once or twice a week from here on out.

  • I’ve gone back to school at Empowered UCLA Extension. You might have seen the commercials for baby boomers about this program. I did! I checked it out and decided to go. I’m in the Global Sustainability Program. The first quarter ended just before the holidays and the second quarter begins on Wednesday. The first quarter was very intense. It was only two classes, but they kept me very, very busy. The classes were Principles of Sustainability 1: Environmental Dimension and Water Rights and Sustainability. The Water Rights class was the harder of the two. The next quarter’s classes are Principles of Sustainability 2: Economic Dimension and The Ocean Environment: An Ecosystem Perspective. These both sound difficult.
  • Right before Thanksgiving, I had an accident while riding with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in downtown Los Angeles in the Arts District. We rode on a street that had a lot of potholes and some strangely-angled railroad tracks. I was riding my little Brompton and my tire got caught in the track when I went over it at the wrong angle. It was obviously immediately that one of my fingers was dislocated, but after the paramedics cut off my glove, they could see that my pinky finger was broken as well. I got out of the cast two weeks ago, but still don’t have enough flexibility or strength to use the right brakes, so I haven’t started back riding yet. I hope to start riding again soon.

    In the ER waiting to get treated

    In the ER waiting to get treated

  • Over the past year, I’ve lost a little bit of weight. Here are some before and after photos:
    On a ride in April 2012

    On a ride in April 2012

    After receiving 2nd place medal in Turkey Trot 5K, November 22, 2012

    After receiving 2nd place medal in Turkey Trot 5K, November 22, 2012

  • The second photo above was taken at the Antelope Valley YMCA’s Turkey Trot 5K race on Thanksgiving Day, which I finished in 2nd place in my age division. The following two photos were taken after the High Desert Runner’s Jingle Bell Jog 5K, which I finished in 1st place in my age division:
    After finishing the High Desert Runner's Jingle Bell Jog 5K, December 22, 2012

    After finishing the High Desert Runner’s Jingle Bell Jog 5K, December 22, 2012

    At home after receiving 1st place medal in the Jingle Bell Jog 5K

    At home after receiving 1st place medal in the Jingle Bell Jog 5K

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High Desert Cyclists Munz Ride, July 28, 2012

July 25th, 2012

Colin Baird of the High Desert Cyclists announces their latest Saturday morning ride for July 28, 2012:

Okay everyone, here is our first test to see how you are doing with a little climbing. During this ride we’ll ride in the paceline we worked on a few weeks ago, you’ll learn a little about eating for longer rides as we will talk about when to eat, and when not to, and we’ll do a few intervals along the way.

Since everyone will have different intervals and periods doing the intervals, it will be important that we meet at predesignated spots. Please plan on regrouping at L and 90th, Avenue I and 110th West, and Munz Ranch Road. We also wait at the top of Munz to make certain all riders get there okay.

This is a no one gets dropped ride so please be curteous of others and make sure they finish. This ride will probably take 3-4 hours for most folks, so please bring the appropriate supplies for food and drink.

We will stop at the Rock Store in Lake Hughes, and again in Leona Valley. The roads are sketchy in spots, so please be careful while following in the paceline.

Drivers are inconsiderate on Elizabeth Lake Road sometimes so be prepared. Helmets are required.

Visit the route at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/116995715. The ride leader will be Colin Baird.

RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/414448961926259/

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Bicycle John’s Night Ride, July 25, 2012

July 25th, 2012

There will be a night ride tonight at 7:30 pm.

Whoever would like to go for a night ride is welcome.

Riders will meet at the Von’s shopping center on 30th St West at Rancho Vista Blvd.

Helmets and lights are required.

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High Desert Cyclists Saturday Ride to Rosamond, July 7, 2012

July 6th, 2012

Saturday’s ride will be lead by Colin Baird. The ride will have two distinct rides. We will all begin promptly at 0700 from 20th and Ave L in Lancaster.

If you are coming from LA, you can expect a 60-minute drive to Lancaster from the San Fernando Valley. If you need directions, take the 14 north to Ave L and exit left onto Ave L. At 20th St West, turn right and go immediately into the parking lot. You will see the group inside the Ralph’s shopping center. The address is 1969 W Ave L.

One ride will go out to Rosamond via 110th Street West and head out to Rosamond and return. 45 miles +-

The other ride will turn right at Ave G from 110th and turn down Ave G to begin heading back to town. 30 miles +-

Colin’s thoughts are for folks who want to push themselves to slightly longer distances, the Rosamond ride will help build endurance, while keeping the heart rate down.

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AV High Desert Cyclists meet June 18th

June 16th, 2012

The AV High Desert Cyclists June Meeting is on Monday, June 18, 2012.

Location:
Nick’s Pizzeria
43755 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

There will FREE PIZZA.

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition.

Plans will be made for the upcoming Beach Ride on July 21st and plans firmed up for the annual Fall Memorial Center scheduled for October 20th.

All are welcome!

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Benefit Ride for Nathen Taylor

June 16th, 2012

On Saturday June 16th Block Bikes is hosting a Bicycle Poker Ride to benefit Nathen Taylor.

The Poker Ride will take place at American Heroes Park (701 W Kettering Ave) in Downtown Lancaster (north of Lancaster BLVD – cross street Elm). Sign ups will be at 10:30am and the Poker Ride will begin promptly at 11:00am. Cost will be $10 per rider with $5 replacement cards at ech stop avalable to better your hand. ALL proceeds will go to Nathen Taylor’s family fund.

The RALLY will consist of 5 predetermined stops on a predetermined route. At each stop a poker card will be awarded with a total of 5 to make a hand. Additional replacement cards can be purchased for $5 at each stop to try to better your hand. This is a fun event and not a “race.”

You must follow all traffic laws and failure to do so is disqualification. Have fun and be efficient, but not dangerous.

All calibers of riders are invited to participate.

HELMETS ARE MANDATORY!!!

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High Desert Cyclists’ Brunch Ride Series Ride #3

May 22nd, 2012

Date: June 9, 2012
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Santa Clarita, Lost Canyon Road Trailhead (see map)

Join the High Desert Cyclists for a fun monthly Brunch Ride starting this month in Santa Clarita at the Lost Canyon Road Trailhead.

Directions: Take the 14 Freeway south to the Sand Canyon exit. Turn right onto Sand Canyon, then an immediate left onto Soledad Canyon. Turn left at Lost Canyon Road. Go under the freeway and there will be parking on the right.

The ride will be at a comfortable pace. Beginners and families are welcome. Distance covered will be 17 miles. Road bikes and mountain bikes are fine.

We will ride to Mimi’s Cafe. Please bring money for your meal.

All riders must wear helmets and carry a spare tube.

No one will be left behind. For information, contact Michele at michelechavez@yahoo.com.

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2012 Amgen Tour of California starts Stage 6 in Palmdale

May 18th, 2012
Tour of California Stage 6 Start

Start of Stage 6 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California

The 2012 Amgen Tour of California started Stage 6 this morning from Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale.

Stage 6 goes from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake.

I rode over to the park at 8:30 am, and met Elaine Macdonald, who gave me flyers for the ride on September 28th and 29th to Save Saddleback Butte State Park and the AV High Desert Cyclists’ Fall Century on October 20th. I passed out quite a few of these. Elaine said that she would send me a digital copy of the Saddleback flyer, so if you’d like one, contact me by email.

Then, I hung out with Fred Flores. While waiting for the race to start, we were approached by Channel 3 News and asked if we would agree to be interviewed since we looked like avid cyclists. I don’t know if and when this segment will be on Channel 3, but if you see it, let me know.

Fred Flores

Fred Flores

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Cyclist hit by vehicle at 10th St West and Ave I

May 10th, 2012

The Antelope Valley Press has reported:

. . . fire officials responded to a bicyclist who was injured after being struck by a vehicle.

The crash was reported around 3 p.m. along 10th St West at Avenue I.

This occurred yesterday, Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Nothing further was known and the incident is under investigation by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

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High Desert Cyclists Brunch Ride Series – Ride #2

May 5th, 2012

Date: May 12, 2012
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Marie Kerr Park

Join the High Desert Cyclists for a fun monthly Brunch Ride starting at Marie Kerr Park. Meet in the Parking Lot on 30th St West near the basketball courts.

The ride will be at a comfortable pace. Beginners and families are welcome. Distance covered approximately 15 to 20 miles. Road bikes and mountain bikes are fine.

We will ride to brunch or coffee at a local restaurant or coffee house. Please bring money for your meal.

All riders must wear helmets and carry a spare tube.

No one will be left behind. For information, contact Michele at michelechavez@yahoo.com.

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