Two Popular New Years Day Rides in Southern California
It’s almost time to ring in the New Year and what better way to do it than with a great ride with cycling buddies?
Southern California has a couple of the best New Years Day Rides that have been a tradition with cyclists for many years.
The 47th annual Mt. Wilson New Years Day Ride will give climbers their fix and will offer some beautiful views of the mountains, it promises to reach new heights this year, since Angeles Crest is finally open, and we will be able to go all the way to Mt Wilson. More than 100 plus riders are expected to begin their attempt to climb to the 5,700 foot summit nearly 40 miles away. There are ride of 80, 60, 50, or 30 miles depending on where you start and how far you ride
If you prefer a flatter ride with coastal views and a peloton of over 600 riders, then the Long Beach New Years Day Ride is the place to be. It starts in Long Beach and cruises south down the Pacific Coast Highway, picking up riders along the way expanding into a colorful pack of 400 or so riders.
The ride starts off slow and friendly and increases speed near Huntington Beach. The ride continues south to Dana Point, at which point you can double back on PCH or head inland and loop back to the start. Approximately 90 miles for the entire bike ride!