Events: LA Gran Prix, WolfpackTrack, Ventura Bicycle Awareness and a sweet donut ride

Bike Talk airs every Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK.

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.

This weekend marks the return of the Los Angeles Gran Prix to the VELO Sports Center at the StubHub Center, 18400 Avalon Blvd in Carson. Events take place Friday through Sunday with some of the world’s best track racers will competing. The Gran Prix includes the first ever WolfpackTrack Invitational, with women’s race at 6:30 pm and men at 8:30 pm Saturday; a special bike train will depart for the StubHub Center from Union Station in Downtown LA at 4 pm.

The 13th annual Cranksgiving alley cat race rolls out at 1 pm today from Echo Park Lake, with registration at noon; 751 N. Echo Park Ave.

Ventura cyclists are taking it to the streets to call for greater safety for cyclists with a Bicycle Awareness Ride today, November 23rd from 2 pm to 4:30 pm starting at the HUB Community Bike Shop, 1150 N. Ventura Ave in Ventura. Riders are also encouraged to attend the December 2nd city council session from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street.

This Sunday, November 24th, Sweet Ride USA hosts their first public ride, from Sunset Triangle to Donut Friend in Highland Park. It’s your chance to enjoy a short ride, eat some gourmet donuts and participate in the next video in their exclusive series. The ride assembles at Sunset Triangle at 10:15 am, rolling at 11 am.

The LACBC’s Civic Engagement Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 26th to discuss the conjunction of bikes and local politics. The meeting takes place from 6:45 pm to 8:30 on the Mezzanine level of LACBC headquarters, 634 South Spring Street in DTLA and is open to everyone; you don’t have to be an LACBC member to attend.

Sure, you can join the frenzied crowds on Black Friday. Or you can get out on your bike with the 34-mile Black Friday Ride around the west San Fernando Valley. The ride meets at 9 am at the Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Blvd in Encino, rolling at 9:30.

CXLA_FLYER_v6-690x1066CycloCross returns to Downtown LA on Saturday and Sunday, November 30th and December 1st with the UCI CXLA Cross After Dark Finale Weekend at the Los Angeles Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street. Events, which includes the UCI Cross After Dark Series Finale on Saturday, run from 1 pm to 9 pm Saturday and 8 am to 4 pm Sunday.

The LACBC brings back Tour de Taste for a third time, in conjunction with the CXLA Cross After Dark. The event, offering a beer garden and food from Downtown restaurants, takes place at the LA Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street in Downtown LA on Saturday, November 30th from 2 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are $10 for LACBC members and CycloCross racers, and $20 for the general public.

The next ride in the LACBC’s popular series of Sunday Funday rides takes place on Sunday, December 1st as board member Scott Moore leads a tour of Verdugo Mountains Fire Roads. Riders assemble at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 3701 Ocean View Blvd in Montrose at 9:30 am, rolling at 10 am; the ride is free for LACBC members and a guest.

The Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of each even-numbered month; the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3rd at the Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall Community Room, 6501 Fountain Ave.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition invites you to attend an Open House to celebrate Victories of Future Past on Thursday, December 5th from 6 pm to 10 pm on the ground floor of the historic Banks Huntley Building, 634 S. Spring Street. They promise refreshments and dancing with DJ Skramble; free for LACBC members, $10 for non-members. And yes, I’ll be there, so stop in and say hi.

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