LA Sucks For Cycling | America's Hidden Bike Riding Paradise

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LA Sucks For Cycling | America's Hidden Bike Riding Paradise

thing i hear a lot is la sucks for riding but the truth is is that after digging in quite a bit found out that la might not actually stink for riding that much because Saxo Bank currently Garant Thomas we’ve even heard Peters to gone back in the date Lance Armstrong have all called this place home to preseason training camps so I put together with some help from a lot of friends a perfect day out here in California to check out some of the cool amenities people that put this place on the map the community that speaks here and well I definitely didn’t cover everyone but I think I did a pretty good job at showing off just how cool LA actually is we arrived in the sunny state of California in the United States to challenge the bad rap that cycling in Los Angeles has seemingly gotten over the years to get our day started we made our way up to Silver Lake to learn about one of the shops whose laid-back culture have helped shape this very unique community as we kick off this tour of La cycling culture and all the cool stuff that is going on here I stopped in at the golden saddle cycling to meet up with Jimmie Mitch and Mike guys thank you so much no problem thanks for come by tell me tell me about golden saddle and what you guys do and what you represent here in the community well I guess if I have described it in one way it’s kind of a punch out for everybody the most important thing to us is providing a space for people to build a community you know we have pro cyclist coming here and pro skateboarders and hard chillers but you know they’re all home they all go beer so I mean we just like that to have fun and bike and when you guys are looking to go out for like your favorite day of riding or something like that this is a good area to start from which is well I’m gonna be doing today I’ll be heading over this West Ridge loop yeah seems like you let people view themselves right like just not this there’s not this like footprint like you have to show up in spandex with a helmet with like this very specific thing that’s kind of been ingrained in European cycling culture forever you guys sort of have as you look around the shop you’ve got famous rappers I printed up like jerseys you’ve got all types of cool retro things that are here that kind of embody your style and vibe that you’re putting out free-spirited like you’d come be yourself yeah yeah come as you are we also just so happen to have an anti-doping sign that we got from Tora California and one of my my co-workers David had the mind to to go ask for a signature and so we now have his signature up here this was Bruce Gordon skinsuit Jimmy saw a photo of him wearing it with a bright pink light as a young man in his office so obviously they don’t really make them like this anymore I’m sure the the chamois is just a chunk of terry cloth or something like that and the best part is would its hanky Don he’s a titanium hanger that he says can you catch me in Colorado problem with titanium hanger on a Bruce Springsteen suit one of my favorites in the show for people that don’t know who Bruce Gordon is can you maybe tell us like who he was at in a minute a lot of the stuff that people are riding today was was pioneered by by that crew and that man and you know big tire road bikes is something he’s always done and I think really kind of really did something that wasn’t happening with cycling yeah so a very forward-thinking and probably a lot of the culture that were see today started from Fiji happen to see a favorite while we were here at golden saddles well let’s just see what’s up here in the corner oh oh the Jeremy powers Rob focus you national champion 2012 edition trading card yeah be day my team is time Zach MacDonald you can see them echo the sound of you country as well we just left golden saddle and we’re making our way on Griffith Park Boulevard up to Griffith Park which is one of the iconic places that every la cyclist rides at it’s one of the places that not close off the cars but very low traffic really beautiful roads tons of nice pavement and quite a few miles of good riding in there pretty much uninterrupted so we’re gonna get up there and check it out see some of the nice stuff that Griffith Park has to offer so we made it over in Griffith Park it’s our first stop and it is so so cool out here apparently there’s over an hour and a half of riding just inside this park

right outside of La is our first stop we’re not gonna go through the whole thing or up to the observatory but apparently the lookout hits the Hollywood sign and for locals in this area is a huge deal because well think about it you’re in Los Angeles but you can literally go park over here at the park go do an hour and a half of riding shoot you think twice and get three hours riding it it’s nuts there’s so many things going on down in Los Angeles to be able to have this resource beautiful trails hiking pretty cool after a zip through Griffith Park we headed down to Hollywood Boulevard to ride with the stars so we’re on Hollywood Boulevard which is where all the stars are you see always in the movies Oscars are getting stuff set up right now there’s tons of tourists out here and we just left golden saddle we went up to Griffith Park and now we’re making our way over to some dirt called the West Ridge which I’m gonna meet up with some of my friends around town training tell us a little bit more about all that so we just got down Sunset Boulevard and made it right onto Mandeville Canyon Mandeville Canyon is one of the iconic crimes in LA proper it is over five miles long over 8,000 people have written it on Strava and put their time up on the board currently filled guilin sits there at just around 14 minutes which is even seen nowhere near that but it’s a huge climb if you’re in the area you’ve got a hit man to build Canyon that’s not what we’re doing we’re actually going up West Ridge where we’re gonna link up with some dirt and two riders who have a lot of experience pasting McElveen and Colin Strickland so this is gonna take us across all along this Ridge I’m just gonna bring us over to peddlers fork we could have a Griffis coffee catch up those guys I just wrote up Mandeville Canyon is one of the iconic road climbs in LA that everybody does tons of intervals and lots of sweat going down there then I met up with these two guys Payson McElveen Colin Strickland very accomplished gravel racers we’re gonna talk about all the things that you guys have done but what tell me what we’re doing here we’re riding up West Ridge Road a beautiful dirt kind of fire road gains a lot of elevation over the course of 15 or 20 minutes and gives you some beautiful views along the way awesome well thanks for meeting up with me I can’t wait to check it out let’s do this [Applause] [Applause] so tell me now what is it about California that brings you out this way would you some training yeah I’m out here primarily for the predictably nice weather as you can see today yeah and the just beautiful 30-minute climbs that seem virtually endless when you first arrive and realized yeah well there’s about 15 but you can cut them into a bunch of different pieces and make really solid days out of it and it’s the piece that’s missing from my training in Texas there’s a misconception that riding in LA area is really bad but when Brad yards yeah it’s not so bad but he really is I used to be convinced it was really busy too much to really enjoy the climbs but a lot of these back canyons of Malibu are virtually empty because not many people have business up there and if it’s not a direct route no one no one drives those roads yeah you won BK last year won Iceland last year right I did yes yeah so you’ve got you got quite a few big ones under your belt what do you want to do this year I can go and uh have fun meet more really cool people but I would it would be really fun to see how dirty County goes down again because that one is uh seems like currently the biggest show so terry Roubaix of gravel so yeah have a have a good run at that one and see if we can uh see if I can’t repeat famously you’re out here you kind of made this your face for a couple Oh how long have you been here now oh boy three weeks lady yeah yeah I usually spend three months out of my year in California probably most of that is in the Los Angeles area yeah are you one of those guys that can kind of see parking their van found we would say down by the river down by the

beach just chillin making coffee in the morning and hanging you know I brought the van this time cuz I’m gonna be bouncing back and forth between San Francisco some okay but now and then you want to get out of the city and spend a few nights in a quieter setting so having the van to kind of escape for a couple days it’s a nice flexibility yeah what what what do you love about this that’s different than where you typically call home or where you go out with what makes you love to LA riding and what I guess and also what have you been a part of in the area like what I should be done yeah well for one it’s 30 degrees on average in Durango this time of year so that makes it hard but also Durango is such a small town tightly knit and I love it for that reason but I’m also someone that really appreciates the speed of life of a bigger city yeah I’m really inspired by a lot of the ideas creative things going on out here so I’m definitely one of those racers that spends a lot of time thinking about things other than bikes the training for this you know early season style riding can’t be beat either right tons of incredible perfect road climbs surprisingly little traffic once you get off of PCH the legend has it that you have to kill em on this that’s you know I did it one time haven’t checked in a while you know I’m in town for two weeks take it away man I need it I need a carrot to chase I don’t race until March so I’m retired but what speaking of raising what raises do you have coming up what are you like last year you won what was formerly known as the land one land run 100 yeah so what do you got coming up with what do you plan for this year you’re getting more heavily integrals yeah the gravel seam is really hard to ignore I think I’ll always say a mountain biker at heart my schedule in 2020 is about 60% down by 40% gravel but the sir the gravel surge is just impossible to ignore in that uh land run 100 now called the mid-south will be my first race of the year mid-march taking on this hitter haha then a few mountain bike races Belgian waffle kind of hitting all the all the biggest off-road events what do you think about riding Leadville 100 on a gravel bike I think it’s a terrible idea drop bar drop bar mountain bike could be cool it would be cool my buddy T Brown Travis brown did that one year full suspension drawbar setup okay pioneer personally I still love a hardtail or a light dual suspension for that event gravel bike would be brave yeah come on man well I wish you the best of luck this year I hope to see you how many podium is this the top this is the top that’s a nice climb yeah beautiful stencil is awesome and it’s pretty unique I mean we’re here in LA and there’s literally a billion very important things going on at least seemingly down in this area oceans out there absolutely beautiful but here you could hear a pin drop right now well guys thank you it was awesome ride with you I wish you both the the best hope I see you guys at some gravel event you see me yeah awesome thanks man awesome to ride a Wes you guys out there I’m going to pet this Fork for coffee next time the desolate feeling of descending along the West Ridge was nothing short of amazing looking out at one of the biggest cities in the United States without anyone really around to bother you other than hikers and a couple gravel riders and maybe an ambitious dog walker the roads were impeccable for riding your gravel bike criss crossing with single track trails all around you it wasn’t just beautiful it was ridiculously fun with the California Sun on our backs and that LA haze in the sky as we made our way to peddlers Fork it was nothing short of perfect that was sick coming down the mountain just do this English good to tear it up with that afternoon LA sunlight just beaming in absolutely stunning I made it to peddlers Fork and we’re gonna go inside meet up with the owner Gideon this place got a plate shop coffee shop restaurant over the years when I did tour California we used to stop here and get a coffee so I have great memories of this I think you guys are gonna enjoy it cappuccino table

so I found one of the guys behind this whole operation here ten-speed coffee peddlers for gideon climbing thanks thanks for taking a minute thank you yeah tell us what’s going on this face because it’s absolutely beautiful okay so yeah we’ve been here for going on seven years original idea behind it was a beer garden with this sort of you know bike shop in the background and we always wanted a spot to ride and essentially have beer you need to have coffee before so we got into the coffee business full-on met the original owner of ten-speed up in Hood River Oregon the original driving force behind it was you know all the cycling amenities you don’t care about cycling come hang out it’s a fun theme fun every now and then to see people coming and going you know we do morning rides we do night rides and our regular customers they love it all just the same it’s just a big place to hang out really at the end of the day yeah yeah super welcoming is really fun I’m enjoying this delicious coffee and just taking in everything and it makes you feel really like you’re at home so we’re about to head out here we’re gonna go please some climb make your way over the PCH but thank you so much for hosting us thank you for this beautiful space that you’ve created for cycling crew and what you do for this area in the community awesome thank you so much after some chitchat about all the cool things that peddlers fork had going on we had to hit the road and beat the Setting Sun for one last big climb as we made our way over to the Pacific Coast Highway for Chi Minh the last time of the day done nope it’s a canyon or a road I have no idea but it’s a good climb it’s supposed to be about 20 minutes I’ve never done this one before it’s really really pretty and uh thank God I got that coffee about 3/4 the way up this climb stunt road it is Wow super super hard Benna digging but it’s beautiful and we’re just about to the top so yeah how much more to say other than we got to get on with it there even if we weren’t in LA this would be pretty so that’s the top of stunt Road staring at the Pacific I’m looking back at this beautiful mountains honestly I could be in Europe I could be anywhere in the world this is one of the prettiest places that I’ve ever checked out we’re gonna fly down here go down this very steep road tuna Canyon boom boom foam to the PCH the famous Pacific Coast Highway we’re gonna end down in Santa Monica [Applause] that was a day of it we started one part of La came all the way across so much other stuff this place is awesome as you

can tell the surfers are finishing up their last sessions of the evening as they tighten things up the Sun setting we made it down tuna Canyon on the Pacific Coast Highway we saw a lot of stuff you guys have trained in LA or ever been out here let us know in the comments definitely give us a thumbs up let us know what area of LA you like riding in the most there’s so many different areas out here and you guys want to subscribe to GCN click right in the center check out other cool content over here you know the drill