You’d think if you were staying on the beach, smack in the middle of LA, North to South, that it would be pretty difficult to get a good training ride in. That isn’t really the case. Of course, most of your rides are going to be in an urban setting, but you still can get out and ride where there is almost no one.
On Monday, I did a ride that headed up the coast from Manhattan Beach, thru Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu and then turned off the coast hwy at Latigo Canyon. It is one of the climbs that is on the Mike Nosco Memorial ride that is November 3rd.
We rode up Latigo, descended, then turned on Mulholland back towards LA. We took a little 4 mile kicker back up over the top of the mountains, Stunt Road, then descended back to the coast. It was a little over 80 miles total, with 6000 feet of climbing. Not a car passed us when we were riding up Latigo. Is that crazy? Maybe a 9 mile, 2000 foot climb, connecting to the coast and no one drove by. Amazing.
I was hoping be more creative today, but am a little off. I was riding pretty good the last few days, but my thumb is throbbing some now. Enough to wake me up. Today I guess I should get it x-rayed to see what damage I did. Shit. It has been a week.
I have been looking for some twist shifters to put on my mountain bike. Does someone make 10 or 11 speed twist shifters? I know I can get 9 speed shifters that work with Shimano, but I could just change the whole rear drivetrain I suppose. As of now, I probably can’t use a thumb shifter.
It is supposed to rain all day Friday and Saturday for the Berryman Epic. I guess that just makes it that much more epic. I’ve ridden the race right after a deluge. It holds water amazingly well, but there are a ton of rocks on this course, so it is tricky.
Okay, I think I’ll go back to bed and try to get some more sleep. Here are some photos from the ride on Monday.