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AV High Desert Cyclists meet June 18th

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

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

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!


High Desert Cyclists’ Brunch Ride Series Ride #3

Tuesday, 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


High Desert Cyclists Brunch Ride Series – Ride #2

Saturday, 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


High Desert Cyclocross was tremendous fun!

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Rich Bartlett

Rich Bartlett of Team Block in the Men's A Race (photo courtesy of SoCalCross)

We walked over to Marie Kerr Park before dawn to help get the course ready for the High Desert Cyclocross races sponsored by AV High Desert Cyclists yesterday morning.

The day started out cold, cloudy, and windy. Eventually, the sun came out.

After we spent some time putting posts in the ground for tape to be wrapped around, I worked at the registration table for most of the day while Sarge banged a drum for the racers on the far side of the course.

I knew little about cyclocross before yesterday. I thought you needed a cyclocross bike to race. I had a vague notion that riders have to pick their bikes up and run with them at some points in the race.

Watching the races, it was easy to catch the excitement and thrill of the sport. The course was, indeed, set up with obstacles like the one in the photo. Another obstacle we could see from the registration desk involved what looked like railroad ties spaced evenly on a hill. Riders had to carry their bikes over this obstacle to the top of the hill.

Not having a cyclocross bike was not a problem, because racers could rent a cyclocross bike at the event. Other racers rode whatever bike they had. The one restriction I saw in the cyclocross literature was no bar ends.

Racers came from all over California to participate, some from as far away as Sacramento.

Race results are available online at


Winning Campaigns Training in October

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

The Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition have joined forces to host a bootcamp in Los Angeles for cycling advocates from Friday, October 14, 2011, through Sunday, October 16, 2011. It’s called Winning Campaigns Training.

The Alliance’s Winning Campaigns Training is a three-day boot camp for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. This action-oriented workshop gives novice and veteran advocates the tools to create and manage powerful campaigns to increase biking and walking in their communities. Our proven curriculum is led by longtime advocates and national experts with firsthand experience conducting — and winning — bicycle and pedestrian campaigns.

At Winning Campaigns Trainings, you’ll learn how to:

  • Choose the right issue
  • Set realistic but visionary goals
  • Choose the best strategies, tactics and timelines
  • Map out the power structure in the community; support and leverage allies; neutralize and convert enemies
  • Communicate effectively, reaching the right audience with the right message through the right media
  • Raise money for the campaign
  • Strengthen your organization for the next, bigger victory!

I’m signed up to attend, but it would be great if others from the Antelope Valley cycling community register to go as well. Sign up here.

They’ve already sent some “homework” to do, which begins with brainstorming with others in our organization — AV High Desert Cyclists — to come up with 3 potential campaign ideas.

I’ll be posting this information to the High Desert Cyclists’ Google group and the AV Bicycle Coalition page on Facebook, asking for help with this “homework,” so that we gain as much as possible from this training.


High Desert Cyclists meeting tonight

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Don’t miss the monthly meeting of the High Desert Cyclists at 7 pm this evening (06/20/2011). It’s going to be at Nick’s Pizzeria, 43755 15th Street West, Lancaster. Nick’s is located at the center of the -L- in the High Desert Medical Center shopping center.

I’m sure a topic of discussion will be joining up with Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to further the cause of cycling in the Antelope Valley.


SCNCA Team Time Trail Championships held in Lake LA 06/11/2011

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Members of the AV High Desert Cyclists got up early Saturday morning to volunteer at the Southern California Nevada Cycling Association Team Time Trial Championships which were held in Lake Los Angeles.

The weather was perfect, clear and sunny with mild temperatures and light wind.

Kevin Walsh directs cyclists around a corner

Race Director for the Team Time Trials is Marty Brown of Team Velosports. Marty’s wife Jane Brown had the busy job of registering hundreds of participants.

There were many different categories (see SCNCA website for details), including teams of 4 and 2, all male, all female, and mixed teams.

Jane Brown registers participants

Everything went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to have a great time. The only problem that occurred was an extra-friendly young pit bull that wandered onto the course until Jane corralled her and put her on a leash. She sat quietly in the shade under the registration table after that, keeping out of the path of cyclists and cars.

A woman cyclist speeds by

Results will be posted on the SCNCA website.


AV High Desert Cyclists joining forces with LACBC

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Paul Avila, president of the Antelope Valley High Desert Cyclists, and I rode from Palmdale to the Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill yesterday afternoon to meet with Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Jennifer Klausner and Paul Avila

AV High Desert Cyclists voted at our May meeting to become a component organization of the LACBC. We met with Jennifer as part of that process.

Jennifer was warm, open, and extremely knowledgeable on bicycle advocacy issues and understanding of the particular conditions that cyclists live with every day in the AV. We discussed how joining forces will benefit both organizations.

Some of the things we talked about included high speed limits on AV arterial streets, lack of wide outside lanes, streets that are wide on one side and narrow on the other, opportunities for motorist and cyclist education, and outreach efforts to cyclists and the community at large.

We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.