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Hills Of The South Bay

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Today’s routes complete our theme of riding in the South Bay in August. If you haven’t had enough of the South Bay yet, this will make you sick of the place because the routes spend the entire day crisscrossing the area. Not only that, but when David Nakai created these routes, his idea was to find just about every hill in the South Bay and ride up and down them. Sounds tough, but I finally rode the entire long the last time we ran these routes in 2015 and I’m here to tell you it’s not so bad. You just have to take it easy and one hill at a time. There are LOTS of hills, but none of them are very long. A few, like the climb up 190th Street, is rather steep, but the steep ones are not that long. Few of the hills ever get much over 100 feet above sea level. The long, medium, and short are all similar, and only vary by length and the number of hills they do. Actually, the most difficult part of the ride is avoiding the temptation to cut it short. As you loop around the South Bay all day, you are never very far from the start and it is so easy to just call it quits and take an easy route back to the start. I suppose that can be a plus as well since you know going in that you won’t be stranded miles from your car if the going is just too hard. Temptation or asset? You decide. Just pick your length and come on out. START: DEL AIRE PARK in Hawthorne. From the San Diego Frwy, off and West on El Segundo Blvd (1 or 2 blocks), R on Isis Ave. to park on Left. (Long 52 mi and 4100 ft, Medium 42 mi and 2900 ft, Short 27 mi and 1900 ft)

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Club: Los Angeles Wheelmen click for this clubs Click for Rating

Type: Road  Where: Southern CA

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