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Event Name Ventura Ojai Valley to Dennison County Park Bicycle Camping tour
Event Date/Time 4/11/2015 10:00 AM to 4/12/2015 4:00 PM
Location in Los Angeles, CA
Event Type Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Camping, Backpacking
Event Description
  • This is a new ride for beginners who can climb a big hill.

    ROUTE: We will begin our tour at 10:00 A.M. (depart by 10:30) at the San Buenaventura State Park near San Pedro St. and Pierpont Blvd.

    Park your car in one of the nearby neighborhoods and ride to the start point.


    Most of the ride through Ventura and to Ojai is on bike path. The last 5 miles we ride on Hwy 150 to a challenging climb the last mile or so to Dennison County Park.


    This is an out and back ride using the same route of about 21.4 miles to return  to Ventura on Sunday. 


    FOOD: Bring lunch for a picnic in Forester Park about half way to Ojai. We will buy our food for dinner (barbecue!) in Ojai. On Sunday, we can eat breakfast in camp or ride a quick 5 miles to Ojai.

    CAMPGROUND: I am reserving 4 tent sites or more if needed. The campground has flush toilets and water spigots. Sorry no showers.


    DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as beginning/intermediate one big hill best done with a low gear. The ride from Ventura to Ojai seems pretty flat but is in fact a gradual climb. The ride back to Ventura is essentially all downhill. If you consider yourself a beginner who is up for a challenge and in good shape you are welcome to come. You should know that I use the word “beginner” with qualifications. I do not mean a beginning bicycle rider, I mean a beginning long distance loaded bicycle tourist: i.e., you can already ride 30+ miles at 10-12 mph on a bike loaded down with 30-40 lbs of clothes, food, and camping gear. You also know how to fix a flat.

    WHAT SHOULD I BRING? You will need to pack as you would for a backpacking trip (but no backpack) and a multi-gear bike in good repair with very low gears. If your bike has a triple crank set, a compact crank set, or very large cogs, it probably has very low gears. If you have a mountain bike with knobby off-road tires, I suggest you install narrow road tires – you will find your ride much less difficult. If you have a bike purchased in a department store (rather than a bike shop) you may have a very heavy bike, with poor bearings and unreliable hardware. If this is the case, I advise against using that bike. If all you have is a department store bike (don’t use it), but you are nevertheless a strong rider (an unusual combination) and still want to go, I can probably loan you an appropriate bicycle. You should also have spare tube, pump, tire levers, etc. You will need panniers or a trailer to carry your stuff. If you need help with equipment or you would like to borrow a set of panniers, a trailer, or even a bicycle set up for touring, you can email me at [masked].

    WHY: The ride, the camping, the shared beverages, and the jokes. And… I hope to introduce more people to the joys of bicycle touring and camping.