Marina del Rey Cycle Club is a nonprofit organization based in West Los Angeles that hosts weekly recreational bike rides and is dedicated to the promotion of safe, fun, and social cycling activities in the Southern California area.
Weekly Rides _____________________________
- Every Sunday - Meet at Helen's Bicycle Shop, 2472 Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey, Sunday mornings at 7:45am for an 8:00am start. Routes are listed in the Ride Calendar.
- Ride Pace - Varied, depending on rider's ability. Rides sometimes separate into groups, but frequent regroup points during the ride keep everyone together.
- Routes - Rides vary in length from 50 to 70 miles (25-35 miles for the short versions), with routes that explore all facets of the Southern California area. With both coastal and inland rides, MDRCC rides afford an opportunity to visit many interesting Southern California locales.
- Other Rides - Usually on Saturdays and holidays, check the Ride Calendar
Welcome to the Marina del Rey Cycling Club (MDRCC) web site. We hope that you'll find our club and our rides as exciting as we do.
MDRCC was formed roughly 3 decades ago when a group of cycling enthusiasts decided to organize weekly rides that explore interesting routes throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Today, our Sunday rides are drawn from a selection of more than 30 routes that travel through our colorful Southland. The ride list is published every 6 months and contains a variety of routes from Santa Monica to Malibu, or over the hills to the San Fernando Valley and back. There are several scenic rides in the South Bay and Palos Verdes, North Hollywood and the canyons of the West Side. Each season we also schedule several out of town rides which take us to areas like Ojai, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Mount Wilson, Irvine, and San Diego. Rides typically make a stop along the route for coffee, breakfast or brunch. (Some of us like to eat!)
What sets us apart from many other clubs and group rides are the variety and diversity of our routes, the diversity of riders' skills that range from recreational to advanced, and finally our group support system.
In keeping with the government's "No Cyclist Left Behind" program, riders regroup at several check points during the rides. Flat tire? Not to worry... the group will
stop and help expedite the repairs.
Many of our members join the club to improve their fitness and bike handling skills, but above all, it's the friendship and spirit of the sport that binds the club members together. We schedule club parties during summer and winter when we meet (without helmets and lycra) to eat, drink and get to know each other's families better.
The club meets every Sunday in front of Helen's Bike Shop in Marina del Rey. Come and join us and try a few rides. In the process, you're likely to discover parts of the Southland you've never seen before. And bring a friend or two.
General Club Policies_________________________
All rides have two options: short (25-35 miles, few or no hills), and longer (50-70 miles, hillier). We ride on city streets (bike-friendly with adequate shoulders as much as possible), rather than bike paths. We welcome new riders and expect the following from both members and non-members:
- Helmets are mandatory on all rides -- no exceptions
- Courtesy toward motorists, pedestrians, animals and other cyclists
- No headphones
- Observation of all traffic laws
- Good attitudes