Let the uphill battle begin.
For the third straight year, Trikke riders in Southern California will carve in the new year with the event that signals the start of the yearlong So Cal carving circuit, the MLK Ride of Long Beach, scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Also getting underway that day is the first of a series of Lighthouse Uphill Challenge competitions, where the overall winners will be determined by a point system and named TrikkeWorld LUC Cup champions.
“Corkscrewing up that winding hill in a race against time — it’s really started to get people’s blood pumping,” said Randy Boyd, publisher of TrikkeWorld, one of the event’s sponsors. “With a yearlong competition, we’re just taking it to the next level.”
Like last November’s LSM Ride, MLK 3 will begin in the Belmont Shore area, increasing the odds of favorable wind conditions on the long, wide, uncrowded beach bike path that’s become a favorite among Trikke riders in the region.
As always, admission to the MLK Ride is one can-food item, to be donated to the Food Bank of Southern California.
3rd Annual MLK Trikke Ride
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Long Beach, CA.
Ride begins at 10 a.m.
Belmont Plaza Pool Parking Lot in Belmont Shore area
4000 East Olympic Plaza
Long Beach, CA 90803
PARKING NOTE: Free parking available early in the morning on Ocean Avenue, between Bennett Avenue and Granada Avenue. Best logistical bet: park closer to Bennett.
9:30 a.m. – Meet up in the parking lot
9:45 a.m. – Group photo in circular clearing near restrooms
10: 00 a.m. – Ride begins
2:00 p.m. (aprox) – After Trikke at Round Table Pizza, 4007 E Ocean Boulevard, (562) 439-7799
NOTE: Very limited parking at Round Table. Consider keeping your parking space and walking or riding to Round Table (a block or two).
Ride route: Beach bike path, from Belmont Shore to Shoreline Village, to Rainbow Lagoon, to Lighthouse, then back to Belmont Shore.
Lighthouse Uphill Challenge (LUC): First LUC of 2013 will be held at the Lighthouse. All entries welcomed.
• All levels of Trikke riders welcomed. Bikes also welcomed.
• You DO NOT have to be a member of So Cal Carvers to participate.
• Total Ride Route: 13 miles.
• Optional “easy riders” turnaround spots along the way.
• Post-ride gathering optional.
See the So Cal Carvers Facebook event page here.
For more information, contact TrikkeWorld.
Disclosure: The MLK Ride of Long Beach is sponsored by TrikkeWorld.
Read about past MLK Rides:
MLK 1: Long Beach: California’s best place for Trikke lovers?
MLK 2: Magical moments at MLK 2