For those of us living in the southland, the arrival of summer seemed to begin many months ago. We experienced the heat first-hand when we spent some time with Cannondale rider Phil Gaimon in Santa Monica, along with chef Jeff Mahin owner of M Street Kitchen, during a preview ride of the routes they’re putting together for this fall’s Malibu Gran Cookie Dough.
We rode through the mixed road and dirt course seeing temperatures max out at 106F through Sycamore Canyon and Thousand Oaks – melted cookies anyone? Gaimon will be providing the way-finding and encouragement, and Mahin will be supplying his gourmet cookies during the November 6th event – by that time, temperatures will be perfect for the ride. After a beautiful day of suffering, we headed to Pedaler’s Fork in Calabasas (reviewed in BICYCLIST #130) to discuss our favorite segments and eat a delicious dinner fit for a cyclist. While sweating out a morning’s worth of cookies, SuperDomestik captured some of the best moments from the preview ride. – CR (philsfondo.com)
Ed Note: See a full profile of the Latigo climb in BICYCLIST #129.