Mount Venice . . .



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vivalargo

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. . . is no mountain, just a eighty-foot high hillside above a grassy
park set back a quarter mile from the water near the Pico Blvd. Pier in
Santa Monica, California. Since the place is so accessible it long ago
became a practice Muni ground and for most West LA riders was the place
we all learned rolling hops and big drops as well as bombing down steep
dirt chutes betweeen runs over tiered drops up to six feet (many much
higher on the flanks). The park is frequented by bathing beauties,
drunks and feral curs and we´ve almost run over them all (sorry, Dood).
Many have plowed regular grooves in the grass following horrific UPDs.
The green face plant is a badge of honor. The place is about 100 yards
long and is a total blast and even after three years we haven´t
exhausted even a third of the possibilities. There are so many
different stair bits and retaining walls and bits of cement build up
that drops with shocking steep roll outs number in the thousands. Don
and I were there the other day and I snapped off some shots which Don
said he would post (thanks Don).

I trust we will never tire of Mount Venice. As an after - work haunt,
it is second to none in this area. Muniing at the beach is good living.

JL


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Jouhn, did you even see the video I made, edited and posted of our ride
at Mt Venice?:D


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corbin wrote:
> sweet..i can't wait to see the pics of this place. i've heard a lot
> about it!


CHECK OUT THE VIDEO!
http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62384


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MuniAddict wrote:
> CHECK OUT THE VIDEO! It's a quickie but shows me and john there from
> about a week ago. That's also where I lost my camera, but miraculously
> got it back 2 days ago. MY account of the amazing return of it is
> posted)
>
> Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDVmYx3FfyE




That's a cool little hill!

We should include it on the rides when CMW eventually is in LA. :)

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corbin wrote:
> That's a cool little hill!
>
> We should include it on the rides when CMW eventually is in LA. :)
>
> corbin


YES! Just know that the video doesn't come CLOSE to showing the *actual*
and true height of some of those higher drops!


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Maybe not quite 80 feet high, unless you are remembering what it feels
like looking down from the top of one of the chutes, but a total
blast!

One of several terraced sections
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University of Rolling Hop
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One of a gazillion seemingly custom designed drops
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Sketchy grass roll out
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Hard to find purchase on the steep grass
21145
Six of these in a row and Don gets skilz at spinning the cranks while
airborn.
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Biggest challenge is avoiding dozing bums and empty Olde English 800
bottles
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Six foot tier is hell on gear (flatish roll out).
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Pinch flat - party over.
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Hey JL,

I'm living in Santa Monica around Pico & 14th Thursday nights - Monday
Mornings and still in Santa Barbara the rest of the time. I'd love to
hook up with you guys and do some urban riding to try and get my skills
going again. Had back surgery last January and been a little nervous
about getting back on the steed. Feeling pretty good and would love to
hang out.

-matt


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Hi, Matt. Haven´t heard from you in ages. I´m in Venezuela just now
but will be back on July 21 so make sure and PM me. There´s a growing
group of West LA riders so it´s easy to hook on the local rides. Love
to see you. You invited me on my first Muni ride - Jesusita - Feb., 05.
Almost killed me. Never been the same.

JL


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Been there, done that.

I'd love to get back there now that I've acquired better skills.


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vivalargo wrote:
> Muniing at the beach is good living.




...And the truth shall set you free.


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I'm going back there tomorrow to shoot some video and get *better*
angles than in the last video. I've done all the drops, but hopefully
it will look more like it does in person!:D


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Looks like a fun hill. Where is that exactly?


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corbin wrote:
> We should include it on the rides when CMW eventually is in LA. :)



OOOOOOoooooooh. LA MUni Weekend. I hope you guys are thinking about it.
Would you like to do 2008 or 2009? :)

Yes that looks like a great little training ground. Also it's inspiring
to watch two fifty-somethings pound down those drops over and over. Yet
another reminder that I've still got things to learn, and years to take
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johnfoss wrote:
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> johnfoss wrote:
> > OOOOOOoooooooh. LA MUni Weekend. I hope you guys are thinking about it.
> > Would you like to do 2008 or 2009? :)

>
> Howabout next month!:p
>
>
> johnfoss wrote:
> > Yes that looks like a great little training ground. Also it's inspiring
> > to watch two fifty-somethings pound down those drops over and over.

>
> Yeah, some of us old farts can still manage a few "cody-esque" drops!
> (But without his trademark 360 while dropping!:eek:)



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Isn't every weekend a California MUni Weekend? At least that's my goal.
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phlegm wrote:
> Isn't every weekend a California MUni Weekend? At least that's my goal.
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Haha, for me it's almost every *day*!:cool:


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