Cycling Group in LA

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    Oct 27, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    Hey, guys.

    Wondering if any of you belong to, or know of, a gay cycling group in LA. I've been out with some of the bigger cycling groups lately - and while the eye candy is great, sometimes there's just a littttle too much testosterone from the gearheads.

    So if you know of any groups, please respond or shoot me an email. Thanks!
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    Oct 27, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    Not aware of any. I used to race on road and track, and there were no gay racing teams. I wasn't into social cycling groups, so I couldn't say for sure. Best bet is to go to the higher end cycling shops, such as Helens, and look on the rack containing circulars. You might find something.
  • gwuinsf

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    Nov 03, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    Our AIDS/LifeCycle training group rides on Saturday mornings. We leave from Cynergy Cycles on Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. Even if you're not training for ALC, it's open to all. We're a small, friendly group, always looking to add more riders to the group and make more friends. This weekend it looks like we're riding 42 miles down to Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes. As we're just starting training for the next ALC, most of our rides right now our flat. As we get closer to ALC we'll start doing some more serious climbing. I don't know how fast you ride but I'd say we probably average 15-18 mph. Send me a message if you want to know more.

    I also recommend Shifting Gears. While they aren't specifically gay, they have a large number of ALC riders. My experience with them has been that the group is predominantly lesbians, but my friends and I have gone on their rides a number of times.

    All of these rides follow the ALC rules of riding - no drafting, following all traffic rules, no dropping riders. All of the ALC training rides are open to everyone for the most part.
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 03, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    I think it would be difficult in most cities to find a group of performance-level gay cyclists. Probably the key is to find a group that corresponds to your ability level, but that is comprised of more well-rounded and accepting cyclists than your current group ride. I'm lucky to have found a team of bike racers and triathletes in my area that is pretty open-minded and fun, yet has some kick-ass good riders and well-respected triathletes. There are some other teams in the area that ride harder, but they are pretty hard-bitten and intense.