This is my third year as a member of CalTri, and my first as the Epic Ride coordinator. I decided to do some digging into the origins of the Epic Rides, and here is what I found.
Originally, people didn’t have the option to sign up for Epic Rides. When you joined CalTri, your birth month and year were logged into a lottery system, then randomly generated. If your number came up, you had to ride. Sometime around the early 2010s, CalTri switched over to an all-volunteer ridership.
That’s where you come in. September 1 is the final Epic Ride of 2018. It is a beautiful out-and-back through the hills of Malibu. Ride as little – a ride from Performance Bicycle in Woodland Hills to The Old Pantry is a 37 mile round trip with some climbing, but nothing serious – or as much as you want – the full route covers 97 miles and 7800 feet of climbing. The ride is fully supported, with snacks, water, electrolytes, and God-awful Uncrustable sandwiches which, for some reason, you people seem to like. If you’ve never ridden through the hills of Malibu, you don’t know what you’re missing (of course, you don’t know what you’re missing when it comes to anything you’ve never done before, but I digress). This is a beautiful, fun, challenging ride, and should be experienced by all CalTri athletes.
After the ride, cross Canoga Avenue and meet up at BJs Brewhouse for some liquid carbohydrates.
The ride is September 1. For the next two Saturdays, I will be leading a ride along the Magnificent Malibu route – 40 miles this Saturday, 50 miles next Saturday. Sign up on the CalTri calendar to preview the course. I look forward to seeing you all out there.RSVP for the September 1 Magnificent Malibu Epic Ride