2017 San Diego Dart Populaire – Logistics

See original post here. Note the event data is Sunday November 19, 2017 (and not Saturday as previously reported).

2017-10-23 Update: Link to Mel’s briefing on logistics from 10/19 club meeting.

2017-10-18 Update: Added download for train options on return trip. Added Inland route options – scroll near bottom.

2017-10-07 Update: The route has received tentative approval from the event organizer with, but Mel has a couple of changes that needs to review.  It is 122 km using I-5 – see below.

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2017 San Diego Dart Populaire – Announcement

Write up from Mel Cutler (mel@aeacycling.org):

The AEA Cycling Club proposes to enter one or more teams to ride the Dart Populaire sponsored by its San Diego Chapter on Saturday November 18, 2017.

This event appears to be in the club’s “sweet spot” in that a route of 75-80 miles similar to our San Diego ride could take us from San Clemente to the end point in San Ysidro (near the Mexican border) via a coastal route, and we could return to the start using the MTS (no, I’m not making this up) light rail and Amtrak. A detailed route is under development: keep an eye on the club’s ridewithgps.com routes for updates. [The club will reimburse $20 for any member who signs up. –Ed C.]

Briefly, a Dart Populaire is an unsupported ride of 120 km or more for which the end point is specified and a number of teams start at different locations at a specified time and follow their own routes to meet at the end point at a specified time for a small celebration of this achievement, sponsored by the organizer. (Randonneurs USA rules posted here.)

It is not a race; rather, a premium is placed on arriving as close as possible to the end time.  A team consists of from three to five bikes and works together to ensure that the team arrives intact at the end. However, the team is given credit for completing the ride if at least three members arrive on time. RUSA members are eligible for an award after completion of this event but you do not need to be a member to participate.

(Current option routes available below the break.)

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San Luis Obispo Rides Feb 2017

The following is an account written by Mel Cutler on a San Luis Obispo (SLO) brevet over the 2017 President’s Day Weekend.

I went up to SLO over the long President’s Day weekend to take advantage of my first brevets since my surgery in December. [Brevets are long distance unsupported rides organized by regional brevet administrators of Randonneurs USA (RUSA)]. Saturday was a relatively flat 200 km that I had done a few years ago and I had done the 300km last year on this same weekend, so they were familiar.

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Upcoming Rides – August

dog on bike

All but the LA Wheelmen ride are listed on the Upcoming Events page until the day of event.

  • Saturday 8/1 – SBW Late Riser.  After a brief hiatus for July, the SBW Late Riser is back. Co-VP of Recreational Riding Mel Cutler will be sweeping … err helping lead the group this coming Saturday on this casual training ride. Best of all, it’s free.
  • Sunday 8/2 – LA Wheelmen’s “The Hills of South Bay.” Late breaking so no event page (sorry). This casual ride goes after hills … in South Bay. Not very big, not very long, but challenging when taken as a group. Starting point is right around the corner from AGO at Del Aire Park and goes out at 8:30AM. (Here’s the link to the routes, though that link expires after the ride.) Free, but  you’ll need to sign and bring a copy of their waiver.
  • Sunday 8/6 – CicLAVia Culver City Meets Venice.  Being a mere 9 miles north of AGO, this quarter’s CicLAVia is a great destination for an out-and-back ride, or as part of a loop around South Bay or West LA. Keep an eye out for an e-mail from co-VP of Recreational Riding Jim Jusko for potential meet ups near AGO and north of LAX heading out to the event, and at the CicLAVia. Also, AEA Cycling Club member Matt Risi is inviting members to stop by his apartment smack dab in the middle of the route and say hi. See his internal e-mail for details, or e-mail me and I can forward the message to you. This one’s free also.
  • Saturday 8/15 – Cool Breeze Century. Ocean breezes and rolling hills mark this scenic Southern California ride, and why it’s a favorite of many of our members. Not free but eligible for the ride subsidy: just submit a copy of your receipt to Lee Shelton in person, via e-mail, or via internal mail. (The club is waiving the “content” requirement until end of FY15 for the ride subsidy, but pictures are always welcome.)

GMR-GRR Independence Day Show-N-Go

Mel Cutler at GMR-GRR Spring 2015

Mel Selfie at GMR-GRR Spring 2015

Mel Cutler, our Co-VP of Recreational Riding, is going up Glendora Mountain Road/Glendora Ridge Road (GMR/GRR) this holiday weekend. The road will be closed to motor vehicle traffic so it’s a great opportunity to ride one of the best climbs in Southern California.

Here’s the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8801195

Want to ride with Mel? Meet up at El Canto Park in Duarte on Friday, 7/3, and be ready to leave by 8:00AM. It’s a show-n-go ride, so you’re on your own when it comes to … everything.

Can’t make it then? There’s a group  of ultra riders leaving El Canto Park on Saturday at 7:30 AM, and you’re welcome to take the route on your own all through this holiday weekend.

More from Mel below the jump:

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