Tour de Sewer

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11 Reviews
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Cost

Low

Registration Convenience

Easy

Accommodation Convenience

Convenient

Website Information

Easy to understand

Parking Convenience

Very convenient

Ride options

Many rides

Route Sheets & markings

Route sheets and markings needed

Food at rest stops & finish

Good selection

SAG Support

Ham Radio, good support

Road Quality & Scenery

Good roads and nice scenery

Course Safety

Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

Staff Friendliness

Well staffed, friendly, courteous

Overall Enjoyment

Memorable experience

Perks

Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  1. 2 Reviews

    Was my first time joiniing the event. Good fun ride with friends. Sag was decent. Easy registration. Friendly staff. Could need a little more route marking. Decent choices for different course length. Also with uphill for those who like climbing. Otherwise overall a good event for a fun ride.

    Cost

    Low

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Average

    Website Information

    Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Many Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Difficult to follow

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, festive start/finish/Rest Stops, T-shirt

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  2. 1 Reviews

    Third time doing the 62 mile tour de sewer. I learned to get a bike computer to assist with turn by turn. Worked great with the ridewithgps.com
    downloaded files. I use a Yahoo Elemnt and link it to the Elemnt app on my phone. Worked very well with minimum learning.

    Turnbull Canyon is fun to climb. Hacienda Heights and Friendly Hills were fun to climb. I would love to see more riders participating in this
    event. It was great and the free Burger at the end was great. If you’re going to do it, work your way up to the 62. Its worth it.

    Cost

    Very Low

    Registration convenience

    Very Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Very Easy to understand

    Website Information

    Very Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Rides for every ability

    Route Sheets & markings

    Route sheets and markings needed

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Some rough roads and scenery

    Course Safety

    Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

    Staff Friendliness

    Helpful and friendly

    Overall Enjoyment

    Fun Ride

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  3. 1 Reviews

    This was my first Tour de Sewer and it was a nice enjoyable ride. Signed up for the 25 mile ride – although start-time was stated at 9AM, there was no organized start time – we could start whenever we wanted. While there were some parts on the streets with traffic, I liked that most of the route was on the bike trail. Turn out was light. The course could have used better signage to mark turns. SAG stop was awesome and at the end an In-N-Out Double Double was waiting for us. Would ride this again next year.

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Average

    Website Information

    Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Several Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Route sheets and markings needed

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  4. 1 Reviews

    This was my third time doing this ride…seemed like a smaller turnout than in the past. But, it seems like a disappointing trend that seems to be affecting lots of charity rides lately. The metric century provides a nice climb, some screaming downhills and some really nice and peaceful scenery thrown in for good measure. Signage was good for about half of the ride…there were large gaps where you were almost on your own. Route slip that I downloaded was only about 75% accurate. I think that they should have a very clear official link on the site for each different route…and one only. There were several slightly different versions available online…a little confusing. The In n out truck was awesome, but I was a little disappointed in the rest stops. Some variety would’ve gone a long way…pulling into the last two was exactly like pulling into the first. And I do think that some gel company would’ve donated some product to give out. Gels are pretty important in those stops…especially toward the end. Route was good, people were very nice, and it was a gorgeous day! A fun ride for sure!

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Average

    Website Information

    Average

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Many Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Route sheets and markings needed

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Basic foods and drinks

    SAG Support

    Little support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Excellent roads and scenery

    Course Safety

    Some danger, 45+mph low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  5. 1 Reviews

    This was my first time riding the Tour de Sewer, and I had a good time. The ride was good, but we were thrown off-course a couple of times. This was, because some streets were not marked. It would be great if a course map for cycling computers could be made available for riders with cycling computers. SAG stop fruits were excellent. Overall, it was a fun ride with fun people. I will definitely ride again each year from here on!!

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Very Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Easy to understand

    Website Information

    Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Rides for every ability

    Route Sheets & markings

    Route sheets and markings needed

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Some street, bike paths, low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  6. 2 Reviews

    This was my first Tour de Sewer. I had heard about it for years, and finally decided to ride. I am very glad I did – overall it was a great ride. I am used to hills, riding several routes in and around Palos Verdes regularly, and none of the climbs on this ride were any harder than the hardest climbs in PV. I tend to think of myself as a mid-level rider, not a racer or a hot-shot, so when I see a climb labeled “Difficult” I tend to worry. My fears were unfounded, The scenery was beautiful and we went through neighborhoods I never knew existed.

    About the route slip – it badly needs upgrading. I printed off the 62-mile route slip from the website, as this is the route I chose – it was not well marked, so I relied on the street arrows which were 90% highly visible. There were two instances where I was lost temporarily. The first was leaving the second rest stop. When I got to the intersection of La Cuarta, Whittier, and Pickering, there were at least three possible options to turn, and I did not see any arrows or signs. I turned north on Pickering and instinctively knew I was on the wrong road, though I was going the right direction. I stopped and checked the route map and key streets were not marked, so I used my phone to find out where the closest major intersection was to where I was. I was very close, did not have to backtrack, but continued west on Beverly Blvd. and caught up to the correct route. The next spot I missed was on the San Gabriel bike path, near where we were to exit on Foster Road. There was a Tour official in a chair on the east side, directing riders over the bridge to the west side of the river, but I did not see any signage that would have been posted immediately after to exit the bike path onto Foster Road. I ended up going all the way to Alondra Blvd. (I know the area so I knew I had gone too far) and had to double back. This unplanned detour added about 2.5 miles to my route. Again, the route map I printed out did not have this point in the ride clearly marked.

    Positives – the parking was easy, the registration was easy (I had missed the online deadline, which seems to have been closed on Wednesday before the ride, but was glad to be able to register in person). The rest stops had good fruit and water, and bathrooms. The roads were generally in good condition, and not much fighting with traffic.The In-n-Out Double-Double never tasted so good. I will be back next year – I am glad I now know where I missed turns so that won’t happen again, but I hope Tour officials will take heed and upgrade the route maps. Thank you, all!

    Cost

    Very Low

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Very Easy to understand

    Website Information

    Very Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Rides for every ability

    Route Sheets & markings

    Route sheets and markings needed

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Excellent roads and scenery

    Course Safety

    Some street, bike paths, low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  7. 1 Reviews

    I haven’t done a lot of organized rides so I can’t compare this to others. Overall I found this a high quality event. Most of the route was on dedicated bike paths, streets with designated lanes or neighborhoods with little traffic. There were a couple of exceptions but I felt safe for most of the ride. There were adequately spaced rest stops with lots (at least when I got there) of liquids (water and gatorade), fruit and cookies (oatmeal raisin my favorite) and friendly staff. They could have improved the directions and street markings. I would suggest:
    – turn by turn directions. I rode the 100K and had only a small map to go on.
    – More and more consistent street markings. I liked the arrows that were posted on phone poles, etc. but there could have been a few more. I also would have put the small fluorescent arrows at EVERY turn. Some were marked with adhesive tape arrows which were not as visible. Also, there were several long sections between turns where it would have been helpful to have arrows in the street pointing straight just to re-assure riders that they were still on the route.
    – Not sure how to do this but making a Google map available in advance would be a nice touch.

    Thanks for a great ride.

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Easy to understand

    Website Information

    Convenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Rides for every ability

    Route Sheets & markings

    Route sheets and markings needed

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Excellent food and drinks

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  8. 3 Reviews

    First time joining this ride. It was a fun ride. Just needs more markings for directions on certain major turns and junctions. SAG has average choice of refreshments love the fresh cut fruits. Overall ride was awesome including the bonus lunch ‘ In n Out’ burgers.

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Easy

    Accommodation Convenience

    Easy to understand

    Website Information

    Average

    Parking Convenience

    Average

    Ride options

    Many Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Good route sheets and well marked

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Excellent roads and scenery

    Course Safety

    Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

    Staff Friendliness

    Helpful and friendly

    Overall Enjoyment

    Fun Ride

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  9. 1 Reviews

    Good ride through a very unique area. The start was pretty disorganized, and the early part of the route was not well marked at all. We missed a turn because it wasnt marked and we missed 2 miles of the route, but later on the ride was reasonably marked. Part of the route was on narrow and heavily driven streets, and through some pretty rough neighborhoods. I definitely would not have ridden this area on my own, so it was a very cool experience. I was also a bit dissapointed that there wasnt a finishers medal. Overall it was worth the money, and the jersey is cool. I would do this ride again.

    Cost

    Low

    Registration convenience

    Average

    Accommodation Convenience

    Average

    Website Information

    Inconvenient

    Parking Convenience

    Very Convenient

    Ride options

    Many Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Difficult to follow

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Good selection

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, good support

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Some danger, 45+mph low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Minimal Schwags, poor start/finish

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  10. 1 Reviews

    I rode the 62 mile this year 2017 and man it is a challenge several high elevation hills to climb, riding in the mountain, city, river beds and lot of up hills and downhills, will bring out the best in you as a cyclist even though its not a century it somewhat feels like it, difficulty adds up, given the traffic and the red lights that stops you on your ongoing momentum, overall its a fun ride, satisfying and surely will do it again next year.

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Average

    Accommodation Convenience

    Average

    Website Information

    Average

    Parking Convenience

    Convenient

    Ride options

    Several Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Difficult to follow

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Excellent food and drinks

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, quick response

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Safe, wide bike lanes, country roads

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Memorable Experience

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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  11. 173 Reviews

    TOUR DE SEWER is a 62, 50, or 25-mile fun ride, not a race. Registration opens at 6:30 AM. The ride will leave Ford Park in Bell Gardens starting at 7:30 AM for the 62-mile ride, 8:30 AM for the 50-mile ride, 9:00 AM for the 25 mile ride. The 62-mile route has one difficult hill to climb and several moderate climbs. The 50-mile route has one moderate hill, the 25 is mostly flat.

    Cost

    Average

    Registration convenience

    Complex

    Accommodation Convenience

    Confusing

    Website Information

    Average

    Parking Convenience

    Convenient

    Ride options

    Several Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Good route sheets and well marked

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Excellent food and drinks

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, quick response

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Good roads and nice scenery

    Course Safety

    Some danger, 45+mph low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Fun Ride

    Perks

    Schwags, average start/finish, T-shirt

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