Unity rides!

What started as a ridiculous get-together in a dive bar in Redondo Beach has become something astounding: Hundreds of cyclists aggregating on and off the bike to break down barriers, enjoy fellowship, and build bridges where none existed before, or where the ones that did exist were rickety and in dire need of repair.

This year’s All Clubs BBQ and South Bay Cycling Awards includes a trio of unity rides that already boast close to 300 registrants, with more on the way.

Cost? Free.

Level of rides? Easy/Medium/Soul-crushing.

Best of all? The rides are being led by some of the true legends of the sport. Of course, none of it would happen without the incredible support of Race for RP, Major Taylor Cycling Club, Velo Club LaGrange, Big Orange Cycling, Methods to Winning, Ride with Nelly, the Bahati Foundation, Zwift, OpenFit Fitness, AMP Human Performance Lotion, Pedal Industries, Evolution PT, Origin, The Bike Palace, True Au Jus Board, Strand Brewing, JL Velo, East Side Riders, Podium Bound 123. To make it all clear as a bell, design wizard Joe Yule of Meta Creative put together this fantabulous poster for your viewing pleasure!

All rides leave on Saturday, August 17, at 8:00 AM from Dock 52, 13552 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 90292, the rides look kinda like this:

The MVMNT Ride 35: This flat, easy ride will cover 35 miles round trip and provide you views of the Pacific Ocean at a conversational pace. Join this ride if you want to chat, make friends, enjoy the views, and get in a fun ride without being hammered at the end! No puking, gasping, or crawling off your bike beaten and ruined on this ride–just good convo and good times!

Sit the Wheel: Nelson Vails, the only African-American to ever medal in cycling at the Olympics, will lead this 55-mile, 1900-ft. ride. Expect a moderate to quick tempo with some climbs that will get your heart rate up. Do this ride if you want a workout and are okay with getting dropped. It’s not a hammerfest and if you’re fit and reasonably competitive, this is the ride for you. As the ride’s name implies, it’s not a race, it’s a chance to sit the wheel of Nelson Vails while he leads the group. You’ll enjoy a fantastic time getting to meet and talk to one of the legends of the sport.

Stars and Stripes: 10-time National Champion Rahsaan Bahati will lead and set tempo on this 75 mile, 6k-ft ride. Be among world, national, and state champions, while not enjoying any of the ocean and mountains because although the views are breathtaking, so is the ride. Do this ride if you want to say, “What was I thinking?”


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