September 16, 2009
Shaolin Warrior Sighted on Ventura Bicycle Trails
Stefan Verstappen is a writer, artist, world traveler, martial artist, and martial arts instructor.
2 of his books are:
He's also an avid bicyclist.
In 2007 he made a wonderful 8+ min. video about bicycling in the Ventura area, and also took some great photos as well.
As readers of this blog know Ventura has miles of cycling trails.
Stefans video travels along the Ventura Beach Trail, Ventura River Trail, Emma Wood Beach Single Track, and on the beach sand itself.
His Essay on riding the Ventura River Trail, to Foster Park, includes 15 beautiful photos.
Read the story, and watch the video: Shaolin Mountain Bike Warrior
July 03, 2007
3 Harbors Bike Tour in Ventura CA.
The following has been sent to me from Liz Bailey, President of Ventura Velo:
Saturday, July 7, 2007 at VENTURA HARBOR Fisherman's Village
COME JOIN serious, and pleasure, cyclists for a refreshing3 HARBORS TOUR!
Routes are carefully marked by a local TrailMaster-Mega-Cyclist-Civil Engineer with plenty of scenery, safety and support, for all levels of cyclists.
Enjoy some of the most beautiful trails in America while supporting those who cannot bike through the Arthritis Foundation.
Beginning and ending at sunny Ventura Harbor, there are 3 ride options:
The Half Metric Century (29 mi.) is rated Moderate to Easy.
The Metric Century (55 miles) is rated Moderate.
The CENTURY (99 miles) is rated Difficult.
Lunch is served on the Metric & Century Reststops along with a Baja BBQ + live music with THE HILLFILLIES at the Finish Line!
Bike Jerseys and T-Shirts available.
Online, and By Mail, registration is now closed but there are still spaces for riders who did not register at this time. Just walk in, pay the fee of $70, and sign the waiver to register during the early check-in on Friday from 6 to 8:30PM or on Saturday morning starting at 6:30 AM at our start location, the bandstand on the Village Lawn, which is on the right just past gate 3 on Spinnaker Drive. Ventura Velo is a 501c NON-Profit Organization.
For more information, including descriptions of the rides, go to the Official Page for the event.
Happy Cycling! ;-D
February 13, 2007
23 Miles of Paved Trails in Ventura County
Sometime this year I plan to finally head up to Ventura County for some bike riding, and there is a lot to be had.
Ventura County has 3 connected bike trails that go from from the coast East to Ojai.
The Omer Rans trail runs along the coastline, the Ventura River Trail runs through the heart of Ventura, connecting with the Ojai Valley Trail and running to the center of Ojai.
Portions of the trail wind along the Ventura riverbed and through woods filled with oak trees.
The Omer Rains Trail is an 8 mile level, paved urban trail along a wide promenade on the Pacific Coastline. The trail connects the San Buenaventura State Beach with the Emma Wood State Beach, taking you past sand dunes, the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Surfer's Point, shops and under the famous Ventura Pier.
The Ventura River Trail is a 6.3 mile asphalt bike and pedestrian trail that follows the Southern Pacific right of way through the City of Ventura from Main Street to Foster Park.
The Ojai Valley Trail is a Multi-use 9.5 mile rail trail along a former Southern Pacific Railway that paralleled Highway 33 from Foster Park, on the outskirts of Ventura, to Fox Street, Ojai. A post-and-rail wood fence separates the wood-chip bridle path for horseback riders from the paved bike and pedestrian portion of the trail.
Ventura Velo is a Friend of The Ojai Valley Trail.
When it comes to riding in Ventura County there are plenty of other opportunities, and resources:
The Ventura County Trasportation Commision has a nice Interactive map to find places to ride, and plan your journey.
June 14, 2006
Riding Ventura County
When I went to the Reagan Library a couple of years ago, and on a hike last year, I was impressed with the number of cyclists I saw in the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks Areas, and with the cycling opportunities.
Enjoying the awesome view of the valley in all directions from the Library I said to myself, "Self! You need to find a way to get yer ass out here for a few rides someday!"
If anyone has suggestion for routes that I should explore and write about, send me an e-mail, and let me know.