The Nicholls Canyon Ride Professional Review and Guide
"Few rides offer the range of views that this one does. With an ever-changing orientation, riders are afforded views of Beverly Hills, Century City, West Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and the whole of the San Fernando Valley: the San Gabriel Mountains serve as a backdrop for views to the north. The ride along Mulholland will take you by the homes of a number of stars, though some of the biggest palaces you see are owned by successes unknown to the average person. The course itself is difficult, with slightly more than 2,000 feet of climbing in only 25 miles. Although it can be attempted on almost any bike, you will want some low gears for the climbing, which commences with the turn onto Nicholls Canyon. All but the strongest local riders will use a 39 x 25 low gear on their road bike. This ride is one that offers unparalleled views of the city but should be attempted only early in the morning. Traffic is simply too heavy otherwise. Roadies who like group rides have the best opportunity to do this circuit. This is a regularly occurring group ride, and riders meet at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Road surface: Good, except for some spots on Nicholls Canyon and Mulholland. Road traffic: Moderate, if you leave early enough. Exposure: Mornings can be overcast. Scenery: Homes in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, the Los Angeles Basin, and the San Fernando Valley."