Gus Estrada

RCC Chapter: Los Angeles
RCC Number: 5061
Age: 25

Gus Estrada started riding as a high school student after seeing his cousin commute by bike. Now he’s a seasoned rider of the graded roads and climbs past Highway 2, and is quickly becoming known as the RCCLA rider who won’t say no to adding one more more climb to any route.

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Gus' Ride

If you’ve got a spare day and are feeling strong, I’d recommend a ride we call the ‘Circle of Doom’ - it’s far more scenic than it sounds. It’s a 100-mile ride with about 10,000ft of climbing, travelling up to Crystal Lake, onto a closed road, and ends with a perfect descent. It’s secluded and hands down my favorite ride in Los Angeles.

Distance: 116.1 mi
Elevation: 10, 622 ft

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I joined the RCC in 2016, but I first got to know about Rapha from riding with Ben Lieberson – the LA-based Rapha rider and guide. He has always invited me to rides during the week and encourages me to keep up with him, probably so I don’t get dropped the moment he decides to race me up the Highway 2 climb. When I found out about the Rapha Cycling Club, I knew I wanted to be part of a group of good, friendly, competitive riders like myself. It has definitely been welcoming.

If you’ve got a spare day and you’re feeling strong, I’d recommend a ride we call the ‘Circle of Doom’. It’s far more scenic than it sounds. It’s a 100-mile ride with about 10,000ft of climbing, travelling up to Crystal Lake, onto a closed road, and ends with a perfect descent. It’s secluded and hands down my favorite ride in Los Angeles.

The most important ride I’ve ever been on was recent. I joined a group riding from Oakland to Los Angeles in aid of Pablove, a pediatric nonprofit. I didn’t expect to get so involved with the foundation, but I heard so many touching stories from the riders that it couldn’t be just a normal week of work. The riders were from families affected by childhood cancer, or were donors to the charity. It was important and inspiring to hear why people were riding, and to see how cycling had helped them. It was incredible to see how many people were returning to do the ride for a fifth or sixth time.

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