Los Angeles River Ride Frequently Asked Questions
ANNUAL LOS ANGELES RIVER RIDE
SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long is the River Ride?
- What is the "Reverse 70 mile" ride?
- Is it a round trip?
- Do I have to register before the ride?
- How old do I have to be to ride the River Ride?
- Do I have to pre-register my child?
- Do I have to ride with my child?
- How much does it cost to ride the River Ride?
- Where does money raised by the River Ride go?
- Where do I pick up my packet?
- How do I get a River Ride Jersey?
- Can I change the distance I ride?
- If I am riding a tandem bike, do I and my partner register as one person or two?
- If I sign up and can't ride that day, do I get my money back?
Preparing for the Ride
- What kind of bike should I use for the River Ride?
- Can I get my bike tuned up before the River Ride?
- Do I need to wear a helmet on the River Ride?
- Where do I park?
- Even though it isn't an official part of the ride, can I still take the Metro?
- Should I bring my own water bottle?
- What kind of refreshment will you have?
- Where does the ride start?
- What is the route of the River Ride?
- How long does it take to ride the River Ride?
- What is the River Ride course like? Is the River Ride all on bike path or do I have to ride on city streets?
- Are there any hills on the River Ride?
- Is the LA River all concrete? Isn't it just a storm drain?
- Will streets be closed for the River Ride?
- Is this year's River Ride the same as last year's River Ride?
- Is the River Ride a race?
- How many pit stops are there?
- What if I get tired and can't finish the 100 or 70 mile ride?
- I've never done a Century, how difficult is this one?
- Can I wear my MP3 player or talk on my cell phone while I ride?
- What can I do to help the River Ride?
How long is the River Ride?
The River Ride is 10 Rides in One - listed in chronological order below (NOTE: if you are registering on the day of the ride, arrive at least 30 min before your ride starts):
100 Mile Ride - start at 7:00am
From Griffith Park, riders start with a loop around Glendale then hit the LA River Path down to Long Beach. They then do a loop around Long Beach and then return to Griffith Park.
70 Mile Ride - start at 7:45am
Riders take the LA River Path from Griffith Park down to Long Beach, then back to Griffith Park.
70 Mile "Reverse" Long Beach Start Ride - start at 7:45am
Riders take the LA River Path from the Long Beach Aquarium to Griffith Park and back.
50 Mile Ride - start at 8:00am
Riders take the LA River Path from Griffith Park down to the Paramount Pit Stop, then turn around back to Griffith Park.
36 Mile Ride - start at 8:30am
Riders take the LA River Path from Griffith Park down to the Maywood Pit Stop, then turn around back to Griffith Park
25 Mile Long Beach Ride - start at 8:00am
Riders start at the Aquarium of the Pacific and take a scenic tour of Long Beach, eventually returning to the aquarium.
15 Mile Family Ride - start at 11:00am
Riders take the LA River Path from Griffith Park down to the Elysian Valley Pit Stop, then turn around back to Griffith Park. This ride is on a dedicated bike path (no streets, no cars!), along a scenic natural stretch of the LA River. Very young riders (and their families) can easily do this ride.
Kids' Ride - 10:00am to 12:00pm
This is a small loop/bike safety course for kids 3-8 years old inside the expo area in Griffith Park. 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. Training wheels and trikes are perfect. Skuut push bikes will be available. Riders over 9 years of age should probably ride (with an adult) on the 15 mile family ride.
Is it round trip?
Yes, it's round trip. The mileage is calculated accordingly.
Do I have to register before the ride?
No, you can do day-of registration on June 22nd at your start area in Griffith Park or Long Beach. However, you get a significant discount by pre-registering.
Day-of registration opens at the following times:
100 mile ride - 6:00am
70 mile ride - 7:00am
70 mile "Reverse Ride" - 7:00am
50 mile ride - 7:00am
36 mile ride - 7:30am
25 mile Long Beach Ride - 7:30am
15 mile Family Ride and Kids' Ride - 10:00am
How old do I have to be to ride the River Ride?
Kids' Ride: Minimum age for the Kids' ride is 2 years. Beginners with training wheels may have a difficult time on this year's grassy, off-road one mile course. Riders over 6 years old are not recommended for the kids' ride.
15 Mile Family Ride: Minimum age for the Family ride is 6 years. Riders over 10 years old are recommended for the 15 Mile family ride. All family riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
70 and 50 and 36 Mile: Minimum age recommended for the 70 Mile ride is 14 years. All 100, 70 and 50 Mile riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Do I have to pre-register my child?
Yes, children 12 and under are free, but in order to plan for all the kids we need to have an accurate head count. Also, parents must sign a waiver on behalf of their children.
Do I have to ride with my child?
Children riding 15 miles or more must ride with a parent or other adult guardian. 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.
How much does it cost to ride the River Ride?
Where does money raised by the River Ride go?
Money raised by the River Ride goes to the LA County Bicycle Coalition - a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization dedicated to making LA County a safe and enjoyable place to bicycle. The Bike Coalition works to implement bike facilities - bike lanes, bike paths, bike routes, bike parking, etc - as well as to educate motorists, bicyclists and the general public on bicycling issues.
This year we are partnering with the LA River Revitalization Corporation on its Greenway 2020 Campaign, which would make the LA River Bike Path a continuous protected path all the way from the Valley to Long Beach by 2020.
How do I get a River Ride Jersey?
You may pre-order your exclusive River Ride Jersey with your registration and pick up the jersey at the start/finish of the ride. You may also purchase River Ride Jerseys at the ride while supplies last.
Can I change the distance I ride?
Yes, if the distance that you wish to ride has a higher price than the one you originally signed up for, simply pay the difference before receiving your packet. However there are no refunds for riders wishing to ride shorter distances. Consider the extra money you paid a donation to LACBC!
If I am riding a tandem bike, do I and my partner register as one person or two?
If I sign up and can't ride that day, do I get my money back?
No - your admission fee is non-refundable, but is transferable only if you make the transfer by June 18th, 2014. If you do not ride that day, you can call or email to request to have your t-shirt and goodie bag mailed to you.
What kind of bike should I use for the River Ride?
100, 70 and 50 Mile - We recommend a road bike. The 36 Mile can comfortably be done with any kind of bike, depending on your skill level. Some brief portions (less than 0.1%) of the River access road are slightly bumpy, but still very easy to cover on a road bike by slowing down a bit and paying attention to the surface conditions. The street portion of the 100/70/50/36 Mile obviously includes the sometimes imperfect, sometimes uneven surface conditions found on many of our city streets. This includes approximately 6 railroad track crossings. Wider touring tires are recommended over the very skinny racing tires. Experienced riders should be able to navigate the course on pretty much any appropriate bicycle, including hybrids, mountain bikes (slick or hybrid tires suggested for longer on-road rides), tandems, recumbent, etc.
15 Mile Family Ride - This course is relatively short and can be done on pretty much any bicycle. Children's one-speed bikes are fine. Mountain bikes, hybrids, ten-speeds, beach-cruisers, motor-cross bikes, are all fine.
Kids' Ride - Training wheels may make it difficult due to the grass we will be using. Only single-speed children's bikes recommended. If your child rides a multiple-gear bike, she/he is probably ready for the 15 mile ride (and if 15 miles is too long, you can do a third, half or two-thirds of the 15 mile ride and turn back early).
Can I get my bike tuned up before the River Ride?
If your bike needs major repairs, we will encourage you to take it to a professional bike shop. We recommend that you make sure your bike is ready before the day of the ride. REI offers this service. We will have some technical support available at the Paramount rest stop. They can fix and tune minor items, but not major ones.
Do I need to wear a helmet on the River Ride?
Yes - you must wear a helmet on the River Ride. Not only are helmets a good measure to keep you safe from head injuries, but they are required by the insurer of the ride. No riders will be allowed to participate without a helmet.
Where do I park?
Participants riding in the 100, 70, 50, or 36 mile rides beginning at the Autry should park at 1625 Flower St in Glendale just off the Western exit of the 5 Fwy. Participants will be instructed to ride one mile to the start.
For families riding the 15-mile ride or the kids' ride, you may park at the Autry.
For 100-, 70-, and 25-mile riders from Long Beach, parking is available at the Aquarium of the Pacific for $8.
Even though it isn't an official part of the ride, can I still take the Metro?
You may take the Metro if you wish. You will need at money for your Metro payments, one ticket per rail line. The blue line begins at Long Beach Bikestation on Pine St. and 1st. Then transfer to the Red line to Union Station, from there join with the other riders heading back to Griffith park. See route slip on the day for final details and last minute changes.
Should I bring my own water bottle?
Yes, this year Sparkletts is donating 5 gallon water bottles for participants to refill their own water bottles with at each pit stop. If you don't have a water bottle, we will have a limited number of re-usable water bottles available for purchase at the starting line.
What kinds of refreshments will you have?
The refreshments at the pit stops will include water for you to fill your own water bottle with, Clif Bar product and fruit, and other snacks to be determined. delicious and cold Zenify and Zico Coconut water is providing electrolyte product and 70 mile riders and 100 mile riders will be given an extra snack redeemable by giving a food ticket at the Long Beach pit stop. All other snacks are on a first come first served basis. If you feel that you need extra nutrition on the ride, please be prepared by bringing your own supplemental snacks. Clif Bar will be at the starting line dispensing snacks for you to take with you on the ride. Also, check your goodie bag for snacks.
Where does the ride start?
This year we will be starting and finishing at The Autry Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way. Please consult the website for a map and directions. The after ride festivities will also take place at the Autry. The Autry is within the bounds of Griffith Park, near the Zoo, and historically, where the ride began.
The Long Beach rides start at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
What is the route of the River Ride?
Final route cues will be given to all River Riders the morning of the event. 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 start at The Autry Center, enter the LA River Bikeway at the 5 freeway overpass/Autry Museum and proceed downstream (south). Riders participating in the 36, 50, 70 or 100 miles exit the Bikeway south of Fletcher Street, and detour through the city via surface streets. The final route is to be determined, but may include Riverside Drive, San Fernando, Avenue 19, North Spring Street, Alpine Street, Cesar Chavez, Boyle Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard, Grande Vista Avenue, and District Boulevard.
Riders enter the South County LA River Bike Trail just east of Atlantic Boulevard in the City of Vernon, the 36 mile riders turn around at the Maywood Riverfront Park just past Slauson and the 50, 70 or 100 mile riders continue downstream to Rosecrans. At Rosecrans, 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 the Shoreline Park and Seal Beach area and then travel on surface streets to the pit stop.
The round trip proceeds back upstream, retracing the same route in reverse, with a minor modifications in the last mile. See route slip on the day of the ride for final details.
15 Mile Family Ride: Riders begin the ride just like the above rides. At a park approximately 5 miles down the River, 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, and you're home. See route slip on the day for final details and last minute changes.
How long does it take to ride the River Ride?
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. Course opens at 7 AM and support will closed completely at 5 PM, so all riders need to be done in under 9 hours. Rest stops close progressively, as follows:
Long Beach pit stop is at mile 35 and closes at 2:30pm
Ralph Dills Park in Paramount, at mile 25 and 45, closes at 3:00pm
Maywood Riverfront Park is at mile 18 and mile 62 closes at 3:30pm
Crystal Park is at mile 5, which is geared more for the family riders, closes at 4:30pm
Start/finish closes at 5pm
Directional signage will 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.
70 Mile - Experienced riders will complete the route in less than 4 hours. The rest of us can expect to be riding for 4-7 hours.
50 Mile - About the same as the 70 Mile Ride, including if you decide to use the Blue and Red line train to return.
36 Mile - Riders should expect to complete the course in 2 to 3 hours.
15 Mile Family Ride - Fast paced riders will complete the 15 miles in less than 1-1/2 hours. Families with kids (and those of us who enjoy a leisurely bike cruise) should expect a 2-3 hour ride.
Kids' - The kids' ride takes 10-20 minutes. Stay to enjoy the festivities.
What is the River Ride course like? 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 4 miles along the LA River Bike Path, then detours 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 1 mile to the turn-around point and rest stop in Long Beach.
Percentages are as follows:
Bike Path: 71% (50 miles)
On-Street Biking: 29% (20 miles)
50 Mile Ride - Similar to the 70 Mile Ride except you do not travel all the way to Long Beach, instead turn around in the City of Paramount.
Percentages are as follows:
Bike Path: 50% (25 miles)
On-Street Biking: 50% (25 miles)
36 Mile Ride - Similar to the 50 Mile Ride except you instead turn around in the City of Maywood.
Percentages are as follows:
Bike Path: 30% (11 miles)
On-Street Biking: 70% (25 miles)
15 Mile Family Ride - The 15 Mile family ride is a lovely ride around beautiful Griffith Park and along the LA City LA River Bikeway in the Glendale Narrows. The ride is entirely separate from city streets, except for the area in Griffith Park itself.
Percentages are as follows:
Bike Path: 50% (7.5 miles)
Griffith Park: 50% (7.5 miles)
Kids' - The Kids' ride is 100% flat and 100% separate from car traffic.
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 ride overall is a 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). Obviously the ride from LA to Long Beach features a very slight (almost imperceptible) continuous downhill grade, and the return ride a very slight continuous uphill grade.
Is the LA River all concrete? Isn't it just a storm drain?
The LA River was a natural river that provided the water for the young city of Los Angeles for over a century. Due to flooding danger, much of the River channel has been deepened and reinforced with concrete, but today there are still many areas with a natural earthen bottom featuring tall trees, birds, turtles, and fish.
All the rides show off the scenic "Glendale Narrows" stretch of the LA River. While not quite a pristine, natural river, this 8-mile stretch just north of downtown Los Angeles, is one of the most beautiful, most natural areas along the 51-miles of the LA River. Riders can expect to see ducks, egrets, herons, and more in this stretch. The longer rides ride also features the relatively natural earthen-bottomed Long Beach Estuary, and the Golden Shore Wetlands - both inhabited by pelicans, ducks, stilts, and other shorebirds.
In recent years, the LA River has undergone a transformation from mostly just a storm drain to a true natural resource in the heart of the City. Community and environmental groups have planted thousands of trees, created new mini-parks and public art, and much more is on the way. Come and see for yourself the revitalized Los Angeles River.
Will streets be closed for the River Ride?
No. Bicyclists must follow all the rules of the road, including obeying traffic signals, sharing the road with cars, yielding to pedestrians, etc. All riders must use common sense and obey the rules of the road.
Is this year's River Ride the same as last year's River Ride?
Much of it is the same. We are back at the Autry Center. We will have a catered lunch by Cheers catering with lots of choices! Lunch is not included in the price of the ticket so bring some extra cash. There will also be beer to purchase if you so choose. Also like last year, to eliminate waste and care for mother earth we are going "Bottle-Less." We have changed the route somewhat and there is a new pit stop at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights. Also new, 70 mile riders and 100 mile riders will be given a food ticket good for one Empanada at the Long Beach Herbalife pit stop. Riders should bring their own water bottle, or purchase one at the ride. Returning riders will also enjoy live music and a raffle. There is no charge for raffle tickets, one ticket per rider. You may purchase extra raffle tickets if you wish.
Is the River Ride a race?
The River Ride is not a race. The Ride does not compute your time, nor do we award prizes to "winners."
How many pit stops are there?
The 100 and 70 mile rides feature five pit stops each available on the outbound and inbound ride.
The 50 mile ride features four pit stops.
The 36 mile ride features three pit stops.
The 15 mile ride features one pit stop.
What if I get tired and can't finish the 100 or 70 mile ride?
It is expected that 100 and 70 mile riders will ride the entire course. However, there is a SAG team to help you if you cannot finish or if your bike needs repair. Each pit stop has a support or bike techs on hand to help you with repairs.
I've never done a Century, how difficult is this one?
We are referring to this as the most achievable Century available for first time century riders. The profile is very flat. See route slip on the day for final details and last minute changes.
Can I wear my MP3 player or talk on my cell phone while I ride?
No - MP3 players that cover both ears are against State law. Using a cell phone is not recommended while you ride. If you bring your cell phone, please pull over if you need to talk on it, and resume riding when you are finished with the call.
What can I do to help the River Ride?
We need volunteers to staff our rest stops, setup, do course marking, cheer riders on along the course, stuff goodie bags, etc.
Volunteers are especially needed the day of the ride, but also the day before, and the week before (for goodie bag stuffing). Volunteer shifts are as short as 2 hours. All volunteers receive a River Ride T-shirt and refreshments.
Check out the list of River Ride Volunteer Tasks.
To volunteer, contact Marisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.