On Saturday March 2nd, if the drizzly weather we've been experiencing so far this year permits, we plan to ride from the small public parking lot at the corner of Viewpoint and Tradewinds Drives in the Seabridge Marina complex, just off Wooley Road between Victoria Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. Please plan to arrive about 9AM, riding away at 9:30. We'll head up the coast before returning to ride around the Channel Islands Marina and over to the lighthouse in Port Hueneme. Some of the group will probably stop for lunch on the way back before squiggling around the MUPs of Seabridge. This basic route is about 20 miles, but there will be several opportunities for extensions or shortcuts.
IMPORTANT UPDATES:The next Group Ride on our schedule will be a bit of a blast from the past. We are entered to participate in Ventura's fun and famous St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16th. At this point, we are making the list of VCRRians who expect to join us. If you'd like to be included, or if you want more details, please ping me by phone, text or email.
The second and more immediate item which I hope hold some interest for our group is that we're expecting a visit this week or next weekend from Barbara Kilts, a trikey very familiar for those of us who've participated in previous group rides in Idaho or on the American or Kern rivers. If you'd like to share a lunch or possible ride with her, please call or text us to be updated.
REMINDER: A small number of us have been meeting fairly regularly to ride together on 'off weekends' and during the week. We're always thrilled to have others join us for these almost impromptu excursions, and if you're interested, please ping me or one of the other regular attendees to coordinate times and venues. But please remember: you will need to initiate contact if you want to meet the rest of the group, either by email, phone or texting, each time you want to ride. I'm happy to notify 'serious' potential participants by request, but I'm not the least bit enthusiastic (or tolerant, maybe?) about contacts which are repeatedly a waste of time.
PLEASE NOTE: We're hoping that everyone who can will join us on one of our VCRR Group Rides this year. Please ping me if you need more info or would like contact info to coordinate a ride with anyone else that you'd like to invite.
This is a brief listing of preliminary plans for upcoming rides:
November/December 2023: Our First Saturday ride last month started from Pitts Ranch Park. We separated into two small groups, one tackling the steep climbs and zooming downhills of the Mission Hills area before regrouping at the Village Sports Park and continuing on to the CSUCI campus. We had a great brunch at the Islands Cafe, then wrapped up the day with a quick return to the park in great Autumn weather. On the rain-dampened Third Saturday we met for another (in?)famous Bad Weather Brunch at Main Street Restaurant. Although no one has had a non-trivial accident on our group rides for years, our last ride in November ended with an injury crash at a dangerous dead end of the levee trail in Fillmore. Sadly, that was also the second serious accident for the group that week as one of the riders collided with a car on his way to a ride start. Several of us have continued to get together for two or three rides each week, taking full advantage of our near-ideal Autumn weather to enjoy cycling with a variety of venues and velocities. Our Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride of December started in the Pierpont area near the Ventura Marina; five of us rode tadpole trikes up the coast to the Seacliff Fire Station on another almost ideal day for an Autumn trike ride.
4/15/2023: This ride started from Marina Park in Ventura and we rode up the coast and back. The Pokey Patrol, just Kay and I that weekend, flipped at the fire station near Seacliff for about 25 miles. The turnaround point for the larger subgroup was the top of Rincon Hill (about 35 miles). We had a bit of unscheduled drama at the park when I discovered that I had lost the key to our van, and the backup key was locked up at home 10 miles away. House keys were locked in our van. While the rest of our group indulged in lunch at Pizza Man Dan's, Kay and I rode back to Surfer's Point, vainly hoping to spot the wayward car fob. Finally Gerry rescued us, giving Kay a ride home in his truck whle I racked up a bit more than 40 miles for the day. Our neighbor Pete had a backup house key, which we had all forgotten, and we retrieved our van and trikes. On Monday Kay and I retraced our Class II route, and the guys at the Fire Station handed us our lost key, which some other rider had apparently found and left in their public access bathroom.
4/1/2023: This weekend our ride started from the Seabridge Marina, on a fairly direct loop down to the Channel Islands Marina harbor entrance, then up the coast past Oxnard State Beach, continuing up Harbor Boulevard to the Arundell Barranca on our way to lunch at Main Street Restaurant in Ventura. The weather was great and even though only a few folks opted to join us, we had a nice ride with no serious issues, and a fun chatty lunch.
3/4/2023: A small group of us met at Barranca Vista Park, and separated into two subgroups as we cruised up to the bike path beside the CA-126 freeway, riding east to Saticoy and then returning for lunch on the food court at the Gateway Shopping Center. The faster subgroup added some miles by zooming down to the Riverview Linear Park along the river, then up to Telegraph Road for the rocket ride down Brown Barranca.
2/18/2023: We started from Channel Park in the Channel Islands Marina, and after the usual morning munchies and coffee, we rode off in two subgroups with intermingled ride venues, both looping to the northeast, then returning to turn around at the Port Hueneme lighthouse. The longer route was 25 to 30 miles long, looping up to Olivas Park Drive; the Pokey Patrol took a more twisty and entertaining shortcut through the MUPs of Seabridge Marina for a ride of about 20 miles. Our groups hooked up again as we rode down J Street and rode together down the Bubbling Springs bikepath, past the pier and as close as we could come to the lighthouse, which was blocked by a road closure. We had a nice lunch at Pho Saigon on our return to Channel Islands, making the most of a cool, sunny Winter day in coastal SoCal.
We are semi-desperately looking for suggestions for new, different or retro/classic VCRR Group Rides for this year, either in person, by phone or email. We're also very eager to expand the number of cyclists to participate in any of the rides we're planning over the next year. If you newbies or folks who haven't ridden with the group for a while need help or more information for getting to any of our rides, please email or phone me. Our home phone number – usually the best way to talk to us – is 805-981-0339. If we're not home you can also try my cell phone: 805-612-7662. Text messages will not work on our home phone, and are slightly discouraged for the cell phone. Don't even think about Facebook or Twitter! For convenience my email link is: