Suggestions for Bike Racing Workouts before 4.10.11 CicLAvia
CicLAvia is NOT a race. You can start wherever you want, do as much or as little as you’d like. Participants definitely get some exercise, but, between plenty of newer and slower riders (the cutest part about CicLAvia is that a lot of them are under 10 years old!) and crossing points, it’s just not the right place for sprints. It’s a place to cruise and enjoy. If you’re a racer and you want to get your workout in, you might want to participate in one of these two events, which take place on April 10th before CicLAvia:
The City of Angels Fun Ride is a fairly face-paced pair of rides that begin in Elysian Park. There are two rides, both feature minimum paces and are “not suggested for children under 14.” The 7:30am 50-mile-long fast ride goes 15-18miles/hr and includes some “challenging hills.” The 7:45am 32-mile recreational ride goes 10-12 miles/hr and includes fewer hills. The City of Angels Fun Ride is fully supported, well-organized, and features an LAPD escort with a rolling street closure. If you register by Friday March 25th, it’s $60, which gets you an awesome city ride, a great work-out, a t-shirt, finisher medal, lunch, and more! And afterwards, just roll down the hill to CicLAvia!
For the less-structured, more independent performance cyclist, there’s also a serious hill-climb ride that morning called Feel My Legs, I’m A Racer. This ride takes on TEN of the most
insane difficult hill streets in central Los Angeles: Fargo Street, Eldred Street, Duane Street, Baxter Street and others that most riders avoid, with grades 30% and up. It’s a group ride from hill to hill to hill, with a race up each hill. It’s free. There’s no support, no t-shirt, no permits, no rolling closure, no medals, no fear and no limits. There are the kind of hills you just don’t find on CicLAvia routes. Stage winners can claim hella serious bragging rights! Feel My Legs, I’m A Racer has a reputation as one of the most challenging rides of the year. And afterwards, coast down to CicLAvia and warm down.