May is here and what better way than our Send It meetup for May Canyon (this time on a SATURDAY)!
Once again, we will be starting at San Fernando Rec Park at 8am while finishing off at San Fernando Brewing Company.
Here’s some information, tips, and updated rules to abide by:
- The first rule is that this is an unsupported ride and everyone rolls at their own risk.
- The climbing is HARD on both routes. These are not rides for beginners or those working their way back.
- There will be a number of regroups, but once everyone’s back, we roll!
- Make sure to bring your own tubes and a couple of water bottles. We’ll be stopping at one spot along the way for refills.
- Riding tires 40mm and above will do the trick for most, as the climbs are steep and there’s some soft patches on the dirt descents, as well as loose pavement on the road. If you plan on skipping the Kagel descent, then a road bike will work.
- This will not be race pace. At the same time, you have to be in the good to great shape range to do this ride even in the Party Pace group. If you’re just getting back into riding, I suggest you read Rule #1 again.
The highlight will be reaching Camp 9 which has to be in your lexicon of cycling in LA.
This will be our shortest route yet, but also the most climbing so get ready for a new profile.
May Canyon is difficult in itself as a five mile climb AVERAGING 7.4% with pitches in the high teens.
At the same time, this will be our most paved route so far, although the asphalt on May Canyon is not in great shape.
From the saddle, it’s two miles of mild dirt before reaching Camp 9 before a five mile descent into Little Tujunga Canyon.
With ten miles left, there is still over 1,000 feet of vert to tackle, as part of that will be on the dirt of Kagel Canyon.
This interesting back road will take up all of your gears while finding the solitude of the Angeles National Forest.
One note is that road bikes can cover most of this course, but will have to descend Little Tujunga instead of Kagel to make it back.