Los Angeles River Ride FAQ

Los Angeles River Ride Frequently Asked Questions

 

Registration

What happened to the Long Beach start/finish?

We're sad to say that we will not have a Long Beach start/finish in 2016. For the past few years, we have offered start/finish for a few rides out of  the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach in addition to a start/finish at the Autry. Unfortunately, due to construction at the Aquarium this year, they aren't able to host. We still secured space for a pit stop in Long Beach at Shoreline Park, but it's not big enough to host a start/finish line.

Hopefully, we'll be able to get our LB start/finish location back next year. We're pretty bummed about this and we apologize for the inconvenience, as we know this start was convenient for many of our riders coming from Long Beach, Orange County, and the surrounding areas. We hope folks will still join us at the Los Angeles River Ride on June 12th.

What is included in registration?

Your registration includes entry into the ride you signed up for (including a bib, pit stop amenities, ride support,etc), a 1-year membership to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a goodie bag, a t-shirt, and a finisher’s medal.

What is the last day to register online?

The last day to register online is Wednesday, June 8th, at 11:59 p.m. After that, you will have to register with day-of registration on June 12th.

Is there same-day registration?

You can register on the day of the event—at an additional fee— if we have not reached capacity on any of the rides. Check registration times to see when registration opens for your chosen ride.

Day-of registration opens at the following times:

  • 100-mile ride - 6:00 a.m. registration opens
  • 70-mile ride - 7:00 a.m. registration opens
  • 50-mile ride - 7:00 a.m. registration opens
  • 36-mile ride - 7:30 a.m. registration opens
  • 25-mile ride - 7:45 a.m. registration opens
  • First 5 LA 15-mile Family ride - 10:00 a.m. registration opens
  • First 5 LA Kid’s 2-mile Ride - 8:00 a.m. registration opens

How do I register for a tandem bicycle?

Register for two individuals with two registrations

Is registration refundable?

All entry fees are non-refundable. The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policies stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, etc.

Is registration transferable?

Yes, ride registration is transferable to another person up until Wednesday, June 8th, at 11:59 p.m. After that time, registration is not transferable. To transfer a registration, please contact RRRegistration@la-bike.org by June 8th.

 

General Ride Questions

How long is the River Ride?

The L.A. River Ride has 7 different routes listed below with start times and descriptions:

100-Mile LA River Century Ride - start at 7:00 a.m.

Riders start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park and hit the L.A. River Path down to Long Beach. They then do a loop around Long Beach and then return to Griffith Park.

70-Mile Expert Ride - start at 7:45 a.m.

Riders start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park, take the L.A. River Path from Griffith Park down to Long Beach, and then head  back to Griffith Park.

50-Mile Half Century Ride - start at 8:00 a.m.

Riders start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park,  take the L.A. River Path from Griffith Park down to the Paramount Dills Park Pit Stop, and then turn back to Griffith Park.

36-Mile Training Ride - start at 8:30 a.m.

Riders start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park, take the LA River Path from Griffith Park down to the Maywood Riverfront Park Pit Stop, and then turn back to Griffith Park

25-Mile Explorer Ride - start at 8:45 a.m.

Riders start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park, ride down river on the LA River Path, then to the Hollenbeck Park Pit Stop in Boyle Heights, where they turn around and ride back to Griffith Park.

First 5 LA 15-Mile Family Ride - start at 11:00 a.m.

Riders start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park, take the LA River Path from Griffith Park down to the end of the Elysian Valley path, then turn around back to Griffith Park. This ride is on a dedicated bike path, along a scenic natural stretch of the LA River. Very young riders (and their families) can easily do this ride. Families can do this ride at a special Family Rate thanks to First 5 LA.

First 5 LA Kids' 2-Mile Ride - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This is a free ride upstream on the L.A. River Path from the entrance near the Autry. Riders will be escorted by parents to the path entrance and back. Total riding distance is 2 miles.If families are participating in both the kids' ride and the family ride, participate in the kids' ride first, then join up with the family riders. Kids will learn about bike safety and enjoy other activities. Bikes and push bikes are okay. Please, no tricycles. Participants are asked to bring their own bike. A limited quantity of bikes will be available to borrow for the festival only. Riders over 9 years of age should probably ride (with an adult) on the 15-mile Family Ride. The Kids’ Festival & Ride is free, courtesy of First 5 LA.

What is the course like?

The route is primarily flat with only a few small hills as it follows the river downstream towards Long Beach. Only the Century Riders will encounter a significant hill at the beginning of the ride in Griffith Park. Route slips will be given to all River Riders the morning of the event. Routes will also be posted online viaRideWithGPS.com. The route is also marked with signs and street markings, but it’s best to get a route slip and use the free Ride with GPS app to assure you stay on course. At this time, the description below is the best information available to date, but it is still subject to final confirmation, and may change slightly before the day of the ride.

All rides in 2016 start at the Autry Center in Griffith Park.  The majority of each route is on the L.A. River Bike Path. All rides except the Family Ride and Kids’ Ride will include some street riding with traffic. The final route is to be determined, but may include Riverside Drive, Avenue 26 , Avenue 19, Main Street, Alpine Street, Cesar Chavez, Boyle Ave, Olympic Boulevard, Grande Vista Avenue, and District Boulevard. 25-mile riders will turn around at the Hollenbeck Park pit-stop in Boyle Heights

36-mile, 50-mile, 70-mile and 100-mile riders enter the South County L.A. River Bike Trail just east of where Atlantic Boulevard crosses the L.A. River in the City of Vernon. The 36-mile riders turn around at the Maywood Riverfront Park just past Slauson and the 50-, 70-, and 100-mile riders continue downstream to Imperial Highway. At Imperial Highway, riders cross the River to the east bank with a rest stop at Ralph Dills Park in the City of Paramount (50-mile riders turn around here). 100- and 70-mile riders continue south to Long Beach.

70-mile riders turn around at the Long Beach Pit Stop and head back to Griffith Park. 100-mile riders continue along the coast and then ride north on the San Gabriel River Path to El Dorado Park, where they turnaround to head back to the Long Beach Pit Stop. From the Long Beach pit stop, the riders proceed back upstream, retracing the same route in reverse, with minor modifications along the way. See the route slip and Ride with GPS map on the day of the ride for final details.  

15 Mile Family Ride: Riders begin the ride just like the above rides and turn around when the path ends in Elysian Valley. Riders will enjoy a pit stop then return to the Autry Center via the same route and exit the bike path near the Autry Museum area. See route slip on the day for final details and last minute changes.

Is the River Ride all on bike path or do I have to ride on city streets?

Century and 70 Mile Rides - The Park to Playa to Park travels approximately 7.5 miles along the LA River Bike Path, then exits onto Riverside Drive. The route then goes 9 miles on city streets through downtown Los Angeles and the City of Vernon, where riders enter the South County River Bike Trail. The route continues approximately 18 miles - from Vernon to Long Beach on the County Bike Trail and the LARIO Trail to Long Beach. From the end of the LARIO, riders travel approximately .5 mile to the turnaround point and rest stop in Long Beach.

70-Mile Ride:
Bike Path: 71% (50 miles)
On-Street Biking: 29% (20 miles)

50-Mile Ride
Bike Path: 50% (25 miles)
On-Street Biking: 50% (25 miles)

36-Mile Ride
Bike Path: 30% (11 miles)
On-Street Biking: 70% (25 miles)

25-Mile Ride 
Bike Path: 40% (11 Miles)
On-street Biking: 60% (14 miles)

15-Mile Family Ride
Bike Path: 99% (15 miles)
Griffith Park: 1% (less than a mile)

2-Mile Kids' Ride - The Kids' ride is 100% on the path, but the children will be escorted through the park to the path entrance.

Are there any hills on the River Ride?

The 15-mile family ride is very flat. (It does feature two very small easy uphill sections at bridges: Alex Baum Bridge at Los Feliz and the Riverside/Figueroa.) The 100-, 70-, 50-, and 36-mile rides feature very flat course, with only one relatively easy hill as riders climb into Boyle Heights from Downtown Los Angeles (as well as 4 easy bridges). The 100-mile ride include a hill in Griffith Park. The ride from L.A. to Long Beach features a very slight (almost imperceptible) continuous downhill grade, and the return ride a very slight continuous uphill grade.

How long does it take to ride?

100-mile Century ride - Experienced riders will complete the route in 5 or 6 hours.  Those attempting a century for the first time can expect to take longer. SAG vehicles will be available so it will be easy to "bail out" if you find you can't complete the entire 100 miles. The course opens at 7 a.m., and support will be closed completely at 5 p.m., so all riders need to be done in under 9 hours. Rest stops close progressively, as follows:

  • El Dorado Park pit stop (100-mile riders only) closes at 1:30 p.m.

  • Long Beach pit stop is at mile 35 and closes at 2:30 p.m.

  • Ralph Dills Park in Paramount is at mile 25 and 45 and closes at 3:00 p.m.

  • Maywood Riverfront Park is at mile 18 and mile 62 closes at 3:30 p.m.

  • Hollenbeck Park pit stop closes at 4:00 pm

  • Marsh Park Crystal Park (location subject to change) is at mile 5, which is geared more for the family riders, and closes at 4:30 p.m.

  • Start/finish closes at 5 p.m. All riders should aim to be back at the Autry Center no later than 5p.m. Riders on the course after 5pm will be riding unsupported.

Directional signage may  be taken down following the above times. If you are still riding past closing, then you are on your own, released from the event, riding on your own in public right-of-ways with no event support. Once again, carry a route slip and download the free Ride with GPS app to ensure you stay on course.

70 Mile Ride - Experienced riders will complete the route in less than 4 hours. The average rider can expect to be riding for 4-7 hours. See above for pit-stop closure times.

50 Mile Ride - Experienced riders will complete the route in about 3 hours. The average rider can expect to be riding for 3-6 hours. See above for pit-stop closure times

36-Mile Ride - Riders should expect to complete the course in 2 to 3 hours. See above for pit-stop closure times

25-Mile Ride - Riders should expect to complete the course in 1.5 to 2 hours See above for pit-stop closure times

First5 LA 15 Mile Family Ride - Fast paced riders will complete the 15 miles in less than 1.5  hours. Families with kids (and those of us who enjoy a leisurely bike cruise) should expect a 2-3 hour ride.

First 5 LA Kids' 2-Mile Ride - The kids' ride will take 30-60 minutes depending on the abilities of each child. Stay to enjoy the festivities.

How is the route marked?

The route is marked with a combination of signs and road markings. Orange signs and markings will guide riders south towards Long Beach. Yellow signs and markings will guide riders north back towards Griffith Park. 100 mile riders will follow Red signs and markings at the start of the ride in Griffith Park and the Century-only loop in Long Beach. Although the route will be marked, it’s very important to carry a route slip and download the free Ride with GPS app to ensure you can stay on course.

Where are the pit stops?

  • El Dorado Park pit stop (100-mile riders only) closes at 1:30 p.m.

  • Long Beach pit stop is at mile 35 and closes at 2:30 p.m.

  • Ralph Dills Park in Paramount is at mile 25 and 45 and closes at 3:00 p.m.

  • Maywood Riverfront Park is at mile 18 and mile 62 closes at 3:30 p.m.

  • Hollenbeck Park pit stop closes at 4:00 pm

  • Marsh Park Crystal Park (location subject to change) is at mile 5, which is geared more for the family riders, and closes at 4:30 p.m.

  • Start/finish closes at 5 p.m. All riders should aim to be back at the Autry Center no later than 5p.m. Riders on the course after 5pm will be riding unsupported.

What is at each pit stop?

Water, snacks, mechanical support, bathrooms, extra route cue slips.

What time do I need to be at the start?

If you haven’t pre-registered, we recommend you arrive at the registration start time to allow plenty of time for you to register and get ready to ride. If you pre-register, we recommend that you arrive at least half an hour before the ride start time. In both cases, allow some time for parking.

 

Kids’ Ride Questions

How old do kids need to be to participate in the kids’ ride and other rides?

Kids' Ride: Recommended age for the Kids' ride is 5-9 years old. Consider the ride length and your child’s ability to determine if the Kids’ Ride is appropriate. If you are unsure if your child can ride 2 miles, be ready to accompany your child and to cut the ride short if he/she is having difficulty.

First 5 LA 15-Mile Family Ride: Minimum recommended age for the Family ride is 6 years if your child is riding his/her own bike. Younger children are welcome to participate in child seats, trailers, or trail-a-bikes. Riders over 10 years and older are recommended for the 15-mile family ride. All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

70, 50, and 36-Mile: Minimum age recommended for the 70 Mile ride is 14 years. All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to pre-register for the kids’ ride?

We recommend that you pre-register your child so we know how many children are coming in advance and also to save you time the day of the ride. All Kids’ Ride participants MUST be registered by their parent or adult guardian and must join the escort to and from the LA River Path.

Can my child participate in both the kids’ ride and a longer ride?

Yes. The Kids’ Ride is timed so that children can do that ride and then join their parents on the Family Ride. Depending your riding experience and your riding pace, you may also be able to do the 25-mile or 36-mile ride after the Kids’ ride, but keep in mind the pit stop closure times. This assumes you are riding with a child seat, trailer or trail-a-bike. Consider your child’s ability to be a passenger or ride along for the time and distance you choose. We discourage attempting to do the 50-, 70- or 100-mile ride after the Kids’ Ride due to time constraints.

May I borrow a bike for the kids’ ride?

No, bikes will not be available. There will be bikes that children can borrow for the Festival, but not the Kids’ Ride. Bicycles, push bikes, and scooters are welcome on the Kids’ Ride. Tricycles are not permitted.

Do I need to be present for the kids’ ride?

Yes. All riders under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or adult guardian. Parents must accompany their child during the escort to and from the bike path for the Kids’ Ride and are encouraged to ride with their child.. Adults and/or guardians riding with children must also register for the ride. Parents bringing their children to the kids' ride and activities don't need to register, but must stay at the event with their children. No one will be allowed to drop off their child for the festival or any ride.

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  • commented 2016-05-31 13:18:15 -0700
    Can bikes be rented in Griffith Park in time for the ride? The bike rental concessionaire, Spokes N Stuff, does not open until 10:30 am, which is too late. Last year I begged them to open a half-hour earlier and they did, but I heard a lot of complaining from the employee about having to show up early on a Sunday morning just for one family. I would have thought they’d stretch a little for this kind of exposure. I won’t bother them again this year.
  • commented 2016-05-19 12:12:25 -0700
    I’m currently an LACBC member and my membership expires on 09/2016. I registered for the LA River Ride back in 02/2016. Will I get another LACBC membership card in the email since all LA River Ride paid fees include 1-year of membership?
  • commented 2016-05-16 07:52:08 -0700
    Is there packet pick-up date designated prior to the event?
  • commented 2016-05-12 22:31:49 -0700
    Anybody interested in sharing a room @ a local.hotel? I am thinking of staying Saturday & Sunday night @ either the Hilton or Embassy Suites in Glendale. Let me know if you’re interested.
  • commented 2016-05-12 20:54:39 -0700
    1. who will sponsor the ride?
    2. The route for 100 mile-ride, will be the same route as the 2015?
  • followed this page 2016-04-06 14:14:28 -0700
  • commented 2016-04-06 14:13:09 -0700
    Will there be lunch available at any of the pit stops?

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