Los Angeles River Ride FAQ


Registration

What happened to the Long Beach start/finish?

It's back! This year, three rides will be starting at Marina Green Park in Long Beach: the 100-mile, 70-mile, and 25-mile rides.

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, May 31st, at 11:59 p.m. After that, you will have to register with day-of registration on June 4th.

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 (Griffith Park & Long Beach) - 6:00 a.m. registration opens
  • 70-mile ride (Griffith Park & Long Beach) - 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 (Griffith Park & Long Beach) - 7:45 a.m. registration opens
  • First 5 LA 15-mile Family ride presented by Metro - 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, May 31st, at 11:59 p.m. After that time, registration is not transferable. To transfer a registration, please contact RRRegistration@la-bike.org by May 31st.


Packet Pick Up

Where do I pick up my ride materials?

You have two options for picking up your ride bib: 1) pick it up on June 4th before your ride during the registration time, or 2) come to a packet pick up the weekend before the River Ride.

Can a friend pick up a packet for me?

Yes. If you send a friend with a signed note from you saying that they can pick up your bib on your behalf, that person can pick up your bib for you.

I picked up my bib at a packet pickup. What do I do now?

Bring your bib number with you to wear, and pick up your route cue slip from the registration tables. You're ready to ride! 

If I pre-ordered a jersey, when do I pick that up?

If you pre-ordered a jersey with your registration, you can pick that up on the day of the ride either before or after you ride at the merchandise booth. Additional jerseys will be available for purchase, but we cannot guarantee size availability.


General Ride Questions

What do I need to bring with me?

  • A bike in good, working condition.
  • A helmet. (REQUIRED)
  • A water bottle (you can re-fill this at pit stops).
  • Money for additional food and merchandise purchases.
  • A photo ID. A post-ride beer garden will be open, and those 21 and over are invited to enjoy it with proper identification.
  • Your bib and wristband (if you picked it up at a packet pickup location beforehand).
  • Recommended: A spare tube (especially if your tires are an unusual size) and patch kit. Tire levers and a portable pump. (Marshals and mechanics will be on the route, but you can get rolling again more quickly if you are prepared to fix your own flat.) Gel packs, layers, a phone with the RideWithGPS app if you want to use that.

How do I get to the ride start?

Autry (Griffith Park) Start

If you are driving to the L.A. River Ride, we ask that 100-mile, 70-mile, 50-mile, 36-mile, and 25-mile riders park at an attended parking lot at 1625 Flower Street in Glendale (Google map). From there, you will be given directions to bike to The Autry that you can also find on Ride With GPS. For 15-mile and kids' festival & ride participants, please park in Griffith Park where there will be limited parking.

If you are biking or being dropped off, head straight to The Autry at 4700 Western Heritage Way.

Long Beach Start

The park is a walking/biking distance from Metro Blue Line Long Beach station. If you're driving, limited paid parking spaces are available at Marina Green Park at 386 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802.  If this is full, the paid parking lot across Shoreline Dr. is available as well. 

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.

What happens if I cannot finish the route?

We will provide sag support for riders who need to be picked up along the route due to exhaustion, non-emergency injuries or unexpected incidents along the route. 


 Routes

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ONLINE MAPS powered by RidewithGPS

or download PDF route slips here: 

Autry: 100 miles | 70 miles | 50 miles | 36 miles |  25 miles | 15 mile family ride

Long Beach: 100 miles | 70 miles | 25 miles

*physical copies of route slips will be provided at the registration the day of.

*There is no route slip for the 2-mile Kids ride because it will be escorted and conducted in a group.

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.

Griffith Park Start: Riders start at The Autry 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.

Long Beach Start: Riders start at Marina Green Park then do a loop around Long Beach. They then take the L.A. River Path to Griffith Park the return on the same path to Marina Green Park. 

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

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

Long Beach Start: Riders start at Marina Green Park, take the L.A. River Path to Griffith Park the return on the same path to Marina Green Park. 

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

Riders start at The Autry 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 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.

Griffith Park Start:  Riders start at The Autry 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.

Long Beach Start: Riders start at Marina Green Park, ride to up the LA River Path to Dills Park and return.

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

Riders start at The Autry 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 via RideWithGPS.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.

Seven of the rides start at The Autry 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 presented by Metro: 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 via the same route and exit the bike path near The Autry 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 & 25-mile riders only) closes at 12:30 p.m.

  • Long Beach pit stop is at mile 35 and closes at 1:30 p.m.

  • Ralph Dills Park in Paramount is at mile 25 and 45 and closes at 2:15 p.m.

  • Maywood Riverfront Park is at mile 18 and mile 62 closes at 3:00 p.m.

  • Hollenbeck Park pit stop closes at 3:30 pm

  • Spoke Bicycle Cafe 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 no later than 5p.m. Riders on the course after 5 p.m. 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 presented by Metro - 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.


Pit Stops

Where are the pit stops?

  • El Dorado Park pit stop (100-mile & 25-mile riders only) closes at 12:30 p.m.

  • Long Beach pit stop is at mile 35 and closes at 1:30 p.m.

  • Ralph Dills Park in Paramount is at mile 25 and 45 and closes at 2:15 p.m.

  • Maywood Riverfront Park is at mile 18 and mile 62 closes at 3:00 p.m.

  • Hollenbeck Park pit stop closes at 3:30 pm

  • Spoke Bicycle Cafe 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 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 are good tips for riding?

  • Communicate verbally, signal, and watch out for your fellow riders. For example, when passing on the left, call out "on your left." Do not pass on the right.  If you need to stop for some reason (other than to avoid a crash or obey a sign or signal), pull over to the right first and say “stopping” while signaling for a stop. When turning, be aware of the other riders around you and maintain your line so you don’t cut someone off. Verbalize and signal your turns. Call out hazards like potholes, glass, etc. Call out “rider up” “pedestrian up” or “car back” “car up” “car right” “car left” when appropriate. Repeat these alerts when you hear others around you say them.

  • Share the path, both with other bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly on the Elysian Valley portion of the path. Stay on the right side of the path and don’t try to pass other riders when there is an oncoming cyclist approaching. Ride no more than two abreast.

  • Obey all rules of the road when riding the on-street portions.

  • If you have a mechanical problem or minor injury, if you are lost or need to be transported back to the start or a pit stop, look for a ride marshal (in orange vests or ride marshal jersey) or REACT member stationed at pit stops  with a radio. You can also call the non-emergency phone number printed on the cue sheet. In an emergency situation, call 911 immediately then flag down a ride marshal.

  • Use your route cue sheet that you can pick up at the start, along with route arrows to guide you. You can also view your route to your smart phone through our Ride With GPS page.


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 presented by Metro: 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.


Post-Ride

What do I get after the ride?

Pick up your medal, t-shirt, and goodie bag (+jersey upon a purchase) at the Uber booth. 

How do I get my commemorative photo from the ride?

Photos will be available a few days after the ride at PhotoCrazy.com. To search for your photo, look for the time that you passed the photographer.

I lost something on the ride. How do I retrieve it?

Please contact RRRegistration@la-bike.org.

I pre-ordered a jersey but was not able to pick it up. How do I get it?

Please contact RRRegistration@la-bike.org.


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