October 18th, 2021

Club Announcements

BCCC welcomes new members

Kenneth Petrulis member #1167

Donald Fong member #1168

The next BCCC Board Meeting will be on Thursday October 21st

From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Here is the Agenda

Here is a link to the Zoom Meeting

With Covid cases on the rise again, we'd like to remind our members of the following:

  1. Please do not participate in club rides if you are not feeling well.
  2. If you test positive for Covid after you've been on a club ride, please send a message to president@bccclub.org indicating the date and the ride you were on, so that the information can be disseminated.
  3. Effective October 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022, only BCCC members and guest members vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus will be allowed to participate in club-sponsored rides and attend BCCC social events.

    Those members who do not agree with this temporary policy change may request a full refund of their $25 membership fee or ask for a 4 month membership extension.

    This temporary policy will remain in effect until January 31, 2022, at which time it will be reevaluated by the BCCC Board to determine if it needs to be continued or modified.


    Questions or comments can be sent to the BCCC Board at the following address: Board@BCCClub.org

Crashes, while rare, do occasionally happen. The most common result is scrapes and bleeding. The club recommends that each rider carry some bandages and antiseptic wipes. More serious injuries may necessitate calling for a ride or even 911.

Sponsor's Corner

A feature highlighting services provided by our sponsors

A complete list of sponsors is below

Agnew Brusavich

The practice of personal injury law is about helping those who need it the most, victims of injury and their families deserve fair compensation so they can obtain proper medical treatment and put their lives back together.

AgnewBrusavich handles cases in a variety of practice areas and help injured clients in a wide range of situations, including motor vehicle and bicycle accidents, workplace accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice. 

AgnewBrusavich has awarded over 570 college scholarships to local graduating high school graduates over the last 24 years. Gerry Agnew is an avid track cyclist and his firm has sponsored several BCCC training sessions at the StubHub Velodrome in Carson.

Sponsor's Corner

A feature highlighting services provided by our sponsors

A complete list of sponsors is below

Agnew Brusavich

The practice of personal injury law is about helping those who need it the most, victims of injury and their families deserve fair compensation so they can obtain proper medical treatment and put their lives back together.

AgnewBrusavich handles cases in a variety of practice areas and help injured clients in a wide range of situations, including motor vehicle and bicycle accidents, workplace accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice. 

AgnewBrusavich has awarded over 570 college scholarships to local graduating high school graduates over the last 24 years. Gerry Agnew is an avid track cyclist and his firm has sponsored several BCCC training sessions at the StubHub Velodrome in Carson.

The Week in Photos...

Wednesday Hilly riders strike a pose

Thursday NiteRiderz pose in front of Malaga Cove Plaza newly named to the National Register of Historic Places

The Friday bun riders pose on a Dell St bridge en route to a new destination: Cow's End

 

Saturday Rides

L4 riders enjoy a frozen treat at Dad's Original and a ferry ride on their Long Beach Marina to Balboa ride

The L3 riders being pulled by Ride Leader Greg Hess

 

L1/L2 Rode Turnbull Canyon

Rachel and Ride Leader Tom at the Top

Rachel and Kaz at the Top

 

BCCC Members form a small groupetto to ride PV on Saturday

Mike Bechtol rode the Santa Fe Century Last Weekend

Read below for his wisdom about riding in less than Beautiful Southern California Weather!

Let’s be honest, many of us live in Los Angeles for one big reason and it’s the perfect weather for doing outdoor activities like bicycling.  But sometimes that makes it difficult for us to want to get on our bikes in anything other than room temperature conditions.  Recently I did a century ride (not in weather perfect Los Angeles) where I encountered cold and threatening weather for the first half of the ride, which transitioned into about a ten mile stretch of stiff heads wind, rain and hail.  Yet I endured the conditions in (relative) comfort without significant risk of hypothermia, and managed to finish the ride with some good memories of a challenge met.  This series of articles attempts to address how to dress for cold or wet weather, put up with a little rain and survive unscathed, allowing you to steal that ride from the weather gods where you may otherwise have chosen to stay home and ride on your bike trainer.  

My disclaimer is this: cold weather riding isn’t for everyone.  And many people have different internal thermostats for their comfort.  So what works for me, may not work for others in terms of exactly what clothing I will describe.  But the key concepts I want to share are the philosophy and systems that will allow you to successfully manage weather extremes.

In this week’s installment, let’s talk about interpreting the weather.  I’m no meteorologist, but when I was mountaineering a lot (pre-parenthood) I learned that any weather prediction more than three days out is just that: a prediction based on seasonal averages.  The closer you get to your actual ride, the better you can plan.  The morning of your departure is really when you can make your weather decision.  In today’s day and age, with smart phones, you can get some pretty accurate real time forecasts of where weather will be on your ride.  Do your research both the night before and the morning of, and make a reasonable call based on your known route and where the bad weather is predicted to be.  In my example, I knew that my route headed south out of Santa Fe, NM, making a counter clockwise loop through a warmer and lower elevation, before climbing back northward to town to finish the century.  Knowing my departure time, and when and where I was going, I was able to look at weather forecasts at various towns along the route and make my best guess as to when and where rain would threaten, as well as the expected temperatures I would encounter.  My conclusion was that, since the bulk of the predicted rain would hit northward in Santa Fe earlier in the day (at higher elevations), and since I would depart Santa Fe early, I could expect warmer temperatures (low 50 F’s) and a lower risk of rain later in my ride.  However, the risk of rain was real enough in the middle of my ride that I needed to plan for it.  Fortunately no lightning was predicted, which would have been a showstopper for me.  And by the time I would return to Santa Fe, the wet weather risk would have subsided.  So for me, I saw a decent window to do my ride, but with two things to manage: cold weather in the morning at the start of my ride, and a risk (but no guarantee) of rain later in the day.  (As an aside, my wife, Trish, was to do a half century ride closer to Santa Fe where rain was predicted to occur and she wisely opted out, because she would start in the cold, and would very likely get wet on her route.  Her prediction was correct—sometimes the best answer is to not ride at all.)

In next week’s article, I’ll talk about layering for the weather that I encountered.

Congratulations to BCCC Member Yoshie Yabu who completed the Boston Marathon, in 3:27:50

Great job!

Saturday, October 23rd Rides

Access route sheets and the club calendar by going here.

Helmets are required on all Club Rides.

Front and rear lights are recommended.

L1-Up Franklin Canyon - Down Benedict Canyon

56 miles, 2400 feet elevation gain

Level One led by Matt Peck

L2-Up Franklin Canyon - Down Benedict Canyon

56 miles, 2400 feet elevation gain

Level Two led by Robert Pacifici

L3-Jackson Market Culver City

31 miles, 640 feet elevation gain

Level Three led by Bill Ungar

L4- Watts Towers via Magic Johnson Park

38 miles, 780 feet elevation gain

Level Four led by Steve Ludwick

When it is either actively raining or the ride route has wet roads, or otherwise unsafe riding conditions, it is club policy to cancel a club ride.  Club members may still choose to meet and ride in these conditions; however, the ride will not be considered an official club ride.

 
 

Tuesday Explorer Ride

Routes vary from week to week, usually 40 to 50 miles.

This Tuesday's ride is: White Point and Sirens

36 miles, 1700 feet - Mario Obejas leads 

Meet up time:  9AM at Capt'n Kidd's

The Wednesday Hilly Ride

This is a great training ride, short sharp climbs and descents on the west side of PV with plenty of ocean views, 24 miles with 1800 feet of elevation. Mostly L2, L3+ pace with many regroup points, nobody gets left behind.

The ride starts from Captain Kidd's at 4pm.

Here's the route

Thursday Ride

Starts at Manhattan Beach Pier, ready to ride at 9:00am.

The Thursday ride is usually about 25 miles, and heads north along the beach to Ballona Creek

The pace...not too fast, not too slow. 

NiteRiderz on Thursday evening.

Meet at Malaga Cove Plaza at 5:30pm. L1/L2 pace.

Lights front and rear required.

"Bob's" Award Winning Bun Ride

Friday's ride is to Torrance Bakery

20 miles with 470 feet of elevation.

9:00am start at Captain Kidd's

Ride Leader Sim Ezzes.

Notice of upcoming non-club ride

Robert Pacifici is looking for a group of BCCC riders to join him on the 2022 Tour de Palm Springs Century

Email him at robert.pacifici@gmail.com

Here's a photo from the 2019 Tour de Palm Splrings

CLUB SPONSORS

THE LANTERNE ROUGE

 


EDITOR'S NOTE

Please email club or cycling related photos and articles to

newsletter@bccclub.org

No later than 8:30pm Sunday

Please include a note identifying riders and where the photo was taken.

The Editors

CLUB RIDING SCHEDULE

Click on the above link to the Club's ride calendar for complete description of rides and links to maps & route slips.

Saturday 8:00 AM

Parking Lot Adjacent to Captain Kidd's

All levels.

Occasional remote starts.


Sunday 
9:00 AM 

Parking Lot Adjacent to Captain Kidd's

Rides 12-30+ miles around PV

All levels



Tuesday 
9:00 AM

Parking Lot Adjacent to Captain Kidd's

Route varies, 40-70+ miles

L2 Pace

Wednesday 4:00 PM

Parking Lot Adjacent to Captain Kidd's

Pace dictated by riders, regroups often

Hilly 24 miles

Thursday 9:00 AM

Manhattan Beach Pier

Ballona Creek/Westchester Pkwy

About 30 miles r/t

Ride usually ends at a

Hermosa Beach coffee shop

Pace dictated by riders


Thursday 5:30 PM Nightriderz 

Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes


LIGHTS REQUIRED!


Friday 9:00 AM:

"Bob's" Bun Ride

Parking Lot Adjacent to Captain Kidd's

L4 Pace 20-40 miles


OFFICERS & COORDINATORS

President:

Gary Parsons


Vice President:

Mario Obejas


Secretary:

Susan Callaway


Treasurer:

Leila Grantz


Member-at-Large:

Vacant


Ride Leader Coordinators:

Matthew Peck

Mario Obejas


Adult Cycling Education Coordinator:

Vacant


Youth Education Coordinators:

Steve Reichlin

Susan Callaway


Social Coordinator:

Kristen McDonald


Membership Coordinator:

Linda Wien


Sponsorship Coordinator:

Lesley Siegel


Insurance Coordinator:

Gary Parsons


Newsletter Editor:

Dale Mooney and Larry Beale



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