Mark your calendar for a long list of mostly L.A. area biking events and meetings, as I take a moment to celebrate my 1000th post since starting this blog in June, 2008.
That’s a lot of words.
Bike Long Beach hosts Bike Saturdays every weekend; ride your bike to participating local shops and business throughout the city to get special offers and discounts.
Flying Pigeon hosts the monthly Spoke(n) Art Ride gallery tour on Saturday, March 10th; riders meet at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop, 3714 North Figueroa Street, at 6 pm with a 6:30 departure, returning for a reception around 10 or 10:30 pm. Single speed beach cruisers are available to rent for $20.
The LACBC Planning Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 13th at the Johnny’s Pizza at Museum Square, 5757 Wilshire Blvd; new board member Herbie Huff takes over as Chair of the committee.
Cyclists aren’t welcome to ride the L.A. Marathon anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crash the closed course before the race takes place with Wolfpack Hustle’s Marathon Crash Race 2012. Registration takes place from 5 to 11 pm Saturday, March 17th at Portfolio 360, 7665 Melrose Ave; competitors gather at Tang’s Donuts, 4341 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake at 3 am on Sunday, March 18th, with a 4 am rolling start.
Flying Pigeon will host their popular Get Sum Dim Sum ride on Sunday, March 18th; riders meet at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop, 3714 North Figueroa Street, at 10 am with a 10:30 departure. Single speed beach cruisers are available to rent for $20; bring $15 per person to pay for food.
The Culver City Bicycle Coalition invites you for an easy ride with the city’s mayor on Monday, March 19th, starting at Syd Kronenthal Park, 3459 McManus Ave, at the east end of the Ballona Creek bike path.
The 28th Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic will take place on March 22nd through 25th in Redlands, offering one of the state’s most intense cycling competitions, as well as a joyful celebration of bicycling for cyclists of all ages.
The 7th Annual Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer one-day bike stage race rolls on Sunday, March 25th; participants will tackle the 10 toughest hills in Los Angeles in a single day. Meet at the new pedestrian plaza at the intersection of Sunset and Griffith Park Blvds at 7:45 am, and rolling out at 8:30 sharp.
The newly formed Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Civic Committee will hold its first meeting at 7 pm Monday, March 26th at the Downtown Pitfire Pizza, at 2nd and Main across from the new police headquarters. The committee will serve to give the LACBC a voice in the local political process to help ensure the election of bike-friendly candidates; Efren Moreno Jr and yours truly, Ted Rogers will serve as Co-Chairs.
Streetsblog LA hosts another fundraiser at the Library Ale House on Tuesday, March 27th, 2911 Main Street in Santa Monica. Streetsblog events are always fun and the money goes to keeping us all informed about local transportation issues; great food and beer just makes it that much better.
If you’re looking for a serious challenge, consider the CORPScamp Death Valley, five days of biking in Death Valley National Park featuring 300 miles or more of riding, including the Hell’s Gate Hundred, March 27th through 31st.
The 10th Annual Laurel Foundation’s Ride for AIDS will take place with a two-day century ride from San Diego to Santa Monica on April 14th and 15th, and a one day ride from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach and back on April 15th.
If you enjoyed the last CicLAvia, you’ll love the next one on Tax Day, April 15th from 10 am to 3 pm; the route will follow the same expanded course as last October’s. You can support this year’s CicLAvia by contributing on Kickstarter.
While you’re enjoying CicLAvia, stop by Orange 20 Bikes at the west end of the route, at the intersection of Heliotrope and Melrose, for a book signing with Eben Weiss, aka BikeSnobNYC, starting at 10:30 am.
Shifting Gears Cycling sponsors the 17th (or possibly 16th) Annual Santa Barbara Double Century on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th. The two-day supported ride will travel 100 miles from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara, returning the next day.
It might be worth the long drive to Davis CA for the first ever Legends Gran Fondo sponsored by the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame on May 6th, featuring America’s first Tour de France winner Greg LeMond — the man whose name is on my bike — as well as former World Champion Ruthie Mathes, Olympic silver medalist Nelson Vails, and other members of the Hall of Fame.
May is Bike Month. The first National Bike to School Day is scheduled for May 9th, with National Bike to Work Week taking place on May 14th through 18th, and National Bike to Work Day on Friday the 18th.
L.A.’s favorite fundraising bike ride rolls out on Sunday, June 10th with the 12th Annual L.A. River Ride; this one just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Six different rides, from an easy family ride to a fast, flat century. Funds go to support the LACBC in building a better, more bikeable L.A. County; save $10 if you register by May 15th.
Bikes are normally banned from the famed San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge, but you can ride it on Sunday, August 26th, during the 5th Annual Bike the Bay, to benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Get an early registration discount through April 30th.