I was joined by my friend Manny (and his bad ass new Trek Madone roadbike) this morning for an early 20-mile route that started in Silver Lake, venturing up the Los Angeles River Bikeway and around Griffith Park to Forest Lawn Drive out to Olive in Burbank, then back along Riverside Drive to Victory and south through Griffith Park and onward back to Silver Lake.

Here’s the timelapse vid:

After saying sayonara to Manny, I found myself down the street in the company of my biking buds Erik Knutzen of Homegrown Evolution and Colin Bogart coordinating god of the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition’s annual River Ride. Both were on their bikes headed down to Seal Beach.

After that as I pulled in front of my house I found my neighbor Alex coming back from a ride of his own, and who I learned bike commutes out to Woodland Hills and back. That’s 52 miles roundtrip.

Damn.

All in a all a great day riding and bumping into people who share my love of it. Maybe they can join me for some of my future weekend rides scheduled for May:

May 03 @ 8 a.m. – Verdugo Mountains Mosey (offroad; meet at Beaudry Trailhead, Glendale; approx 8 miles )

May 09 @ 7 a.m. – Not the L.A. Marathon Bike Tour Ride* (approx 37 miles)
May 10 @ 9 a.m. – Ten Bridges Ride** (approx 18 miles)

May 16 @ 7 a.m. – To The Rose Bowl & Back Ride (approx 30 miles)
May 17 @ 9 a.m. – Black Dahlia Ride** (approx 18 miles)

May 23 @ 7 a.m. – Frank Lloyd Wride – Hollywood (gears a plus; approx 15 miles )
May 24 @ 9 a.m. – Los Angeles National Cemetery and Maybe The Getty Museum Ride (approx 25 – 30 miles)

May 30 @ 6 a.m. – The Big Ass River(s) Ride (approx 70 miles)***
May 31 @ 9 a.m. – Elysian Park/Valley loop (approx 12 miles)

* Pre-planned and oft put-off. Route is roughly 37 miles and includes stops at Watts Towers, LA River bed (if safe to access), 6th Street Bridge, downtown. Breakfast at the Pantry.

** Previous iaal•maf spinvitational ride

*** Whittier Boulevard all the way out to the San Gabriel River, downstream to Long Beach to the L.A. River and back upstream to downtown. Roughly 70 miles.