See the Rose Parade the fun and easy way! No traffic hassles getting in and out of Pasadena and a chance to preview the floats up close before the parade starts. It's a ride that anyone can do as it is only 15 miles.
We will park at Alhambra Park, departing at 6:40AM and cycle 4 miles to the staging area where we see and smell the floats up close. When the parade starts at 8 AM, we then ride to a viewing spot, lock up our bikes and find a place to stand (be prepared to stand for 2 hours, but it's worth it!) When the parade is over, we jump on our bikes and pedal 5 miles away from the traffic and gridlock to lunch in Alhambra. Additional afternoon cycling is available for those desiring more mileage.
What to bring: we suggest you dress in layers, bring a backpack with change of shoes for watching the parade, extra gloves and/or jacket or hat, and a lock for your bike. Bathrooms and snacks are available near our viewing spot.
Directions from OC: 5 North for 30 miles to the 710 Freeway North (on the left exit toward Pasadena) Travel 4.4 miles, and exit onto W Valley Blvd. Turn right onto W Valley Blvd, traveling approx .6 miles to Fremont Ave. Turn left on Fremont Ave and travel 1.5 miles to Alhambra Rd. Turn right on Alhambra Rd, go about 5 blocks, then right on Raymond. Park there at Alhambra Park on the right (you will also see other bike clubs there) Approximate travel time from Irvine: 50 minutes
Carpooling: departing at 5:30AM from Jamboree & 5 Freeway is an option for those interested. We will meet promptly at 5:20AM at the Irvine Market Place: Lenscrafters, 13662 Jamboree Rd. It's the first driveway on the right (then you go right again, and right again; car would then be facing Jamboree) - the store faces the 5 and is the closest store to the 5 on the right. If you are planning on meeting us for carpooling, please provide your cell phone number to Penny (firstname.lastname@example.org) in case we need to contact you that morning.