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David Does Descanso

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The David of the title is David Nakai. He has been so busy this year piling up randonneuring miles that he hasn’t been riding much with the club. So, I think it is doubtful he will be joining us today on his ride. That’s a shame, but let’s not let it dampen our enthusiasm for this great set of rides. With a long route of only 37 miles, this has got to be one of our shortest set of routes, but there is a reason for that – it’s hilly. The one mile climb up Descanso for which the ride is named is the least of your worries. All routes head up to Descanso and have lunch in Montrose and then return together, but it’s the trip to Descanso that has the hills. The short takes a fairly direct route, but theres no avoiding the climb up Chevy Chase. The medium is the same, but adds a trip (climb) through the Mount Washington area first. If thats not enough, the long gives you plenty more. It is the same as the medium except that it starts with a trip (climb) through Elysian Park and a fairly difficult climb up and over Camino San Rafael between Verdugo and Chevy Chase. The trip through Elysian Park is nice and gives you a view down into Dodger Stadium (where they may be playing the World Series this time of year if they are lucky). The climb through Mount Washington is very pretty too. The final climb on the long is very steep and goes on for about 2 miles. So why not gives these routes a shot. The distances are short, so you have plenty of time to stop and catch your breath. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the NORTH end. From Ventura (134) Frwy or Golden State Frwy (5), exit near Griffith Park at any exit marked by signs to the Zoo or to the Autry Museum.  Follow signs into the park and to the Zoo lot.  We will be meeting at the NORTH end by the Camel sign.  Don’t confuse us with other groups which sometimes start here. (long 37 mi. and 3100 ft, medium 31 mi. and 2300 ft, short 26 mi. and 1500 ft)


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

Type: Road  Where: Southern CA

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