The annual LA River Ride is the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition's biggest event and fundraiser.
The proceeds from the ride benefited the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Moms in Motion.
The LACBC was founded in 1998 by bicycle advocates Joe Linton and Ron Milam with a mission to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life for the entire Los Angeles region.
The LACBC is part of LA River Corp's collaborative Greenway 2020 LA River revitalization campaign to complete a 51 mile greenway corridor by the year 2020 - a completely car-free uninterrupted bike highway running from Long Beach to Canoga Park complete with sustainable parks, gathering spaces, dining amenities, and potential green energy sources.
The Taiwan Tourism Bureau sponsored the LACBC Taiwan Cycling Festival Sweepstakes.
Everyone who signed up for a LACBC membership in the month of May was automatically entered in the LACBC Taiwan Cycling Festival Sweepstakes to win a trip for 2 to Taiwan to attend the Taiwan Cycling Festival at Sun Moon Lake.
Gene Autry Museum 'Park to the Playa' Start/Finish
- 100 mile [southbound route / northbound route]
- 70 mile [southbound route / northbound route]
- 50 mile Half Century [route]
- 36 mile Training Ride [route]
- 25 mile Explorer Ride [route]
- 15 mile Family Ride [route]
- 2 mile Free Kids' Ride (until noon)
- 100 mile [northbound route / southbound route]
- 70 mile [northbound route] / southbound route]
- 25 mile [route]
From the Aquarium, we followed the colored route arrows north onto the river bed.
The June Gloom started us off with a cool but humid morning.
The first rest stop at Mile 17 was sponsored by Bike San Gabriel Valley (BikeSGV) at Maywood Riverfront Park.
BikeSGV provided snacks and information about their organization.
There were porta-potties and a Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water truck for us to refill our water bottles.
Despite volunteers waving their arms and shouting, and the giant LA River Ride bird logo dangling from a lamp post, Sarah and I somehow managed to cycle past the river bed turn off point. Sarah even bumped the giant bird with her helmet.
From the turn off, we continued to follow the colored arrows through the streets of Los Angeles. The arrows took us back onto the river bed bike path near Elysian Park.
The Gene Autry Museum with all the LA River Ride tents was a welcome sight.
I was looking forward to eating some real food and the Eco Expo did not disappoint.
Cassie, Cyndi, Sarah, and I sat at a picnic table in the shade and enjoyed some lunch.
We were all happy to use a 'real bathroom' at the Gene Autry Museum. I washed my face and reapplied sunblock.
I had been admiring the event jerseys so I picked one up for myself for $70.
After I stuffed the jersey into my hydration pack, we headed back out.
Since it was later in the day, the traffic was also heavier on the city streets - especially in Chinatown.
Once we were back on the river bed, we encountered the expected headwinds but we didn't anticipate how hot the air would be. There would be an occasional gust of hot air as if someone was directing a heater at us.
The Frog Spot generously offered cyclists complimentary ice water. Sarah refilled her bottle while I devoured a fruit popsicle.
The fellow LA River Ride cyclists were friendly and considerate.
Whenever someone was pulled over with a flat, there were several other riders assisting. Several times other riders warned us several times of upcoming hazards - even a questionable transient standing on the path.
The LA River Ride Official Event Photos were generously sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and complimentary to all riders.
I want to thank the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition for a fun ride for a great cause.
Lexa and I are looking forward to future Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition events.
*Lil Lexa is actually bigger than Lexa