Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive

October 16, 2013
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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 8:30am

Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive

When: Sunday, October 20; Meet at 8:30 a.m., ride at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Metro’s Culver City Expo Line Station, Meet at the western end of the station, closest to Higuera Street/Robertson Boulevard, by the security building and the ticket kiosks. (map)

On this ride, we’ll continue exploring famous Mulholland Drive/Mulholland Highway, the serpentine road that winds through the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Mountains from the Hollywood Bowl to the Pacific Ocean. On this tour we will explore this legendary road’s eastern end as it runs through L.A.’s Westside, along the way experiencing glitter (Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive), rainbows (West Los Angeles), canyons (Nichols, Sepulveda), dramatic overlooks (all along Mulholland Drive), history (West LA Veterans Center, taking care of the Nation’s vets since 1888), and finally the Pacific Ocean (Santa Monica and Marina del Rey). We’ll return inland to Culver City from using the Ballona Creek bike path.

Ride Length: 44 miles.

Ride Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours, including stops.

Difficulty:  Recommended for intermediate-level riders, aged 16 and up. This ride features a mix of town and country riding.  Expect city streets (usually quiet on Sunday morning) and narrow country roads. As far as the terrain goes, this ride has one climb that runs for about three miles, one big downhill more than 5 miles long, and small rolling hills in between. The elevation gain for the whole ride is about 2,500 feet.

Rain Policy: Torrential rain, snow, earthquake or fierce wind cancels the outing. Otherwise, we ride.

What to bring: A road-worthy bike, extra inner tubes, a patch kit and pump, plenty of drinking water, a pocket snack (such as an energy bar, banana or trail mix), a helmet and money for refueling stops and post-ride refreshments.

Parking: There’s plenty of free parking at the Metro station.

RSVP: Strongly encouraged, via wheretobikela@gmail.com, so we can send you last-minute advisories, particularly about weather.

About These Rides: Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles is a series of rides that are free and open to every LACBC member, plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Join the LACBC online or at a discounted rate at our meet-up point. These rides are co-hosted by Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar, authors of Where to Bike Los Angeles, a guide to bicycling in Los Angeles County, published by BA Press. Copies are available at local book and bike shops, REI stores and from LACBC, or at the end of these group adventures.