Triple Loop 600k

This year’s Triple Loop event consists of three 200 km sections each starting and ending at the Extended Stay America in Yorba Linda.

600 km riders will only ride all three loops loops.

The first loop is a fast easy route that uses a lot of class A bike paths. There is about 1,800 ft of climbing and there are very few stop lights or stop signs on this section. The 400 and 600 km riders will be able to acquire a large time buffer. Although we’re in Los Angeles, there are some surprisingly scenic stretches. If you’re not in a hurry, take the time to ride along the beach path in Huntington Beach.

This event is a gentle introduction for riders who are new to randonneuring. Riding alongside experienced riders who are qualifying for PBP gives you the chance to observe their gear and technique and ask them questions. This section is much flatter than any 200 km on PBP. Don’t worry – I make up for that on the next loop.

There are a few very short sections of dirt on the route. If you’re uncomfortable riding on hard packed dirt (could be soft or even muddy if we’ve had a storm) you can walk your bike and only lose five minutes. There will be a head wind as we approach Long Beach on the Los Angeles River Trail so try to buddy up for that stretch.

The second loop heads south over Santiago Canyon. This is a long, easy climb up to 1,500 ft then down to the coast on the Aliso Creek bicycle trail. This is very scenic but requires careful navigation. The first control is more 40 miles from the start so keep an eye on your nutrition. After the control the navigation gets much easier.

Read the ride notes on navigating through San Clemente – you should plan which options you want to use before starting the ride. We turn around at the south end of San Onofre State Park. At mile 87 the official route follows Paseo de Colinas but you can also opt to carry your bike under the Laguna Niguel station and use Forbes Rd and the Cabot Forbes path to return to the route.

On the way back we climb over Santiago Canyon again and enjoy a well-deserved fast descent back to the hotel with just a couple of hills to remind our legs that we’ve been riding all day. I’ll have goodies for you.

The third loop heads inland to Banning on a route that starts similarly to previous year’s Triple Loops. We head through Norco (horse country – mind where you ride) and then use the upper Santa Ana River Trail to the control in San Bernardino. Following that we pass through scenic Redlands and then there is a series of quiet roads to the turn around at 2,500 ft. This section contains quite a lot of climbing, but very little of it is strenuous.

The advantage to the earlier climbing becomes clear as you fly down San Timeteo only lightly pedaling for the next 16 miles. We make our way back to the upper Santa Ana River Trail for our last control just before the bike path. Although the trail is slightly downhill you may find you have a headwind during the day. Riders who enter the trail after the sun has set should find the headwind greatly diminished.

This year we skip Corona and simply retrace the route we took out all the way back to the hotel. I will have goodies for you.

Ride Organizer: Terry Hutt (