Malibu Gran Cookie Dough Rider Guide


Welcome cookie and bike lovers! As you might have heard, 2016 will be my last year racing as a professional, so this ride has become an impromptu “retirement party”.  I’m excited to have you with me and we enjoy my favorite roads, views, cookies, and coffee. We’ve worked hard to make sure it’s the best day you’ve ever had on a bike, all to support City of Hope, an amazing cancer hospital and research center. Please read through everything here, but most importantly, ride safe, have fun, and don’t spoil the party!

Weekend Event Schedule

Sponsor Expo and Early Rider Pick Up

Saturday, November 5th  - 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: 30801 Agoura Rd. Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Parking: FREE Parking On-Site

Get a jump on event day by picking up your rider packet, swag bag and Fondo materials a day early. Course Briefings by Frankie Andreu every hour, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet & Book signing by Phil Gaimon at 1:00PM.

VeloFix Bike Builds & Tune-Ups

Traveling from out of town or need a tune-up before the big ride? Professional mechanics from VeloFix will be on-site to support you. Reserve your build or tune up below. 

VIP Party with Phil Gaimon & Special Guests

Saturday, November 5th – 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Location: Pedalers Fork – 23504 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas, CA 91302

*VIP Riders Only – Available to All Riders at Additional Cost. (Insert Shop Link)

Sunday, November 6th

Event Day

Cal State University Channel Islands

1 University Dr. Camarillo, CA 93012

Event Day Schedule

            •          7:00A - Registration Opens / 10 Speed Coffee Service

            •          7:00A - VIP Lounge Open

            •          7:30A - Double Fudge Rolls

            •          8:15A - Chocolate Chip Rolls

            •          8:30A - Sugar Cookie Rolls

            •          10:00A - Finish Festival Opens

            •          10:30A - Lunch Service Begins

            •          11:00A - Entertainment Begins

            •          12:00P - Cannondale Presentation

            •          1:00P - VeloFix Presentation

            •          2:00P - Cannondale Evo Bike Raffle

            •          4:00P - Lunch Service Ends

            •          5:00P - Event Conclusion

Event Parking

All cars/trucks on campus are required to purchase a parking pass. Follow event signage upon arrival. Campus Staff will direct event attendees to General or VIP Parking Areas.

Parking passes are available by:

-Pre-Purchase through Active Registration

-Purchase @ Expo/Packet Pick-Up on Sat. Nov 5th

-Purchase Event Morning @ Main Parking Lot

VIP Parking available for all Volkswagen drivers! Volkswagen drivers are treated to Complimentary VIP Parking sponsored by Volkswagen. Follow Event Signage to VIP Parking. 

Event Shuttle Service

 Shuttle Service will run from Hyatt Regency Westlake (Host Hotel) to Cal State Channel Islands (Event Site) and back on event day. Riders and attendees staying in Westlake are encouraged to utilize the shuttle service. *Round trip shuttle pass available for additional fee.

AM Shuttle Schedule to Start – Service begins at 6:15A and runs every 30 mins until 8:45AM

PM Shuttle Schedule to Hotel – Service begins at 11:00A and runs every hour until 5:00P

Course Notes & Safety Briefing from Phil Gaimon

Ride Safely by Phil Gaimon

Urgent! One more note from Phil to be careful this weekend. I know you’re tired of hearing it everywhere in general, but I’ve been losing sleep with the fear that someone will get hurt on my ride. We’re putting out lots of warning signs, but I have to beg you all to be careful. The roads are open, surfers don’t always look before they open their doors on PCH, and some of the descents are FAST and TRICKY. Please don’t race each other, follow the rules of the road, have fun, but don’t have too much fun going down the hills. The only hospital visits should be from a tummy-ache or a sugar coma, after too many tasty treats.

Course Signage, Route Preparation & Ride Rules

Follow all Rules of the Road. No Exceptions. CHP and local agencies will be located at strategic intersections to support a smooth ride and help with traffic control. Roads are NOT closed. Share the road and be conscious of all communities you roll through. Helmets are required, don’t show up without one.

While we’ve hired the very best to mark the routes, it’s still important to do the proper review of your selected ride. Here are a few tips and tricks:

·      Download the GPX files and upload to your GPS enabled devices for accurate turn-by-turn directions.

·      Study the Course Maps & Cue Cards available to you at Early Rider Pick-Up & Registration.

·      At the very least, know where the Climbs and Aid Stations are located along your route.

·      Malibu Gran Cookie Dough has brought ProTour Routing & Signs teams to ensure routes are marked according to WorldTour standards. Every turn will have a set of (4) Course Arrows, here’s the order:

            •          (1) Single Arrow placed approx. 100 - 200 yards ahead of turn to alert you.

            •          (2) Double Arrow placed at your turn

            •          (1) Single Straight Arrow placed after the turn to confirm

Route Overview

Sugar Cookie Ride

The Sugar Cookie is our shortest route, but don't think it'll be easy. It starts up Potrero Road: where you'll pray around every turn that the climb will be over. Cruise along the top of Sycamore Canyon and the quiet horse farms of Hidden Valley, and then you'll face the short climb up Decker Canyon from Westlake. Survive that, and you've earned a fun descent down Mulholland Highway to the Pacific, and a flat run to the finish. 

Route Stats:

            •          Distance: 46.2 miles

            •          Climbs: 2

            •          Rest Stops: 1

            •          Elevation: 3,284 ft

            •          Difficulty Rating: 4.2/10

Chocolate Chip Ride

The Chocolate Chip is our most popular ride. Experience the best that Southern California has to offer, with a total of four climbs, and an optional fifth on the unpaved Sycamore Canyon if you're still feeling ambitious. This is a serious route with serious altitude gain, not for beginners. 

Route Stats:

            •          Distance: 87.0 mi

            •          Climbs/Timed: 4 / 2

            •          Rest Stops: 3

            •          Elev. Gain: 8,661 ft

            •          Difficulty Rating: 6.5/10

Double Fudge Ride

The Double Fudge, nearly crazy by all measurable standards. This route will test your endurance, climbing legs and will power. Select this route and you'll get a glimpse into a Pro Tour stage race. Designed by Phil himself, survive this route and you'll have something to brag about. Don't sign up if you're not sure you can do it. This route is serious, and the Chocolate Chip is plenty hard enough. #earnyourcookies

Route Stats:

            •          Distance: 117.6 mi

            •          Climbs/Timed: 6/3

            •          Rest Stops: 4

            •          Elev Gain: 12,456 ft

            •          Difficulty Rating: 8.9/10

Aid Stations & Route Support by Mavic

Fondo-Supported Aid Stations are placed approximately every 20-30mi. The Fondo also features Aid Station Nutrition provided by CLIF Bar & M Street Kitchen. We’ll have a variety of nutritional products and food including:

·      New Nut Butter Filled CLIF Bar & Original CLIF Bars

·      CLIF Shot Bloks & CLIF Shots

·      Chocolate Chip Cookies by M Street Kitchen (Vegan & Gluten Free Cookies Available)

·      Locally Sourced Fruits

·      Ice Water & CLIF Hydration Mix

*Featured Aid Station

·      10 Speed Coffee & CLIF Bar Stop – Ocean Views with Coffee & CLIF Bars!*

Mavic Neutral Support will be on course to support Fondo riders with mechanical issues/failures. Mavic Neutral Support is NOT on-site to change your flat tires. Riders are expected to carry tubes, Co2/Pumps and standard tools needed to make basic repairs.

Medical Teams & Cookie Fondo Support Line

WestCoast Emergency Medical Services will be on course to support basic medical needs. Multiple medical vehicles will follow routes to provide riders with basic medical support. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Fondo Support Line – 818-930-6522

Malibu Gran Cookie Dough Support Staff will be available to dispatch support staff to your locations and field routing questions at the listed number. Please save this number in your cell phones and contact us on event day with questions. Course-related response times can vary based on support staff locations and traffic conditions.

Bike Valet Sponsored by VeloFix

Let the pros at VeloFix take care of your bike while you’re getting registered, chatting with event sponsors or grabbing a post ride drink. VeloFix Bike Valet is FREE and placed immediately at the entrance to the Malibu Gran Cookie Dough Festival.

VeloFix Staff will be offering Bike Builds & Tune-Ups at Early Rider Pick-Up on Saturday. They’ll also be offering post-ride breakdowns and clean-ups at VeloFix Bike Valet.

*Additional fees may apply.

Supporting City of Hope Cancer Research

Our goal is to raise $25,000 for City of Hope. FireFlies West & Phil’s Fondo Staff will be selling raffle tickets event weekend for $20. Fondo Riders will have the chance to WIN one of the following prizes: 2017 Cannondale Evo Disc, 2017 Cannondale Slate or Mavic Wheelset. All raffle proceeds benefit City of Hope Cancer Research. Raffle Tickets are available at Early Rider Pick-Up & Registration on Event Day.

City of Hope Cancer Research Foundation

City of Hope is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Their mission is to transform the future of health care by turning science into a practical benefit, hope into reality. They accomplish this by providing outstanding care, conducting innovative research and offering vital education programs focused on eliminating these diseases.  

KOM/Timed Climbs by Strava

Utilize your GPS enabled devices to record your ride on event day. Once you complete your ride, upload your ride data to Strava so we can track your performance on timed climbs. Include your BIB# in your profile name for the day to more easily track results and reward winners. Phil’s Fondo Strava Segments will automatically populate along your route. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest Male & Female Riders on each of these Strava Segments.

Malibu Gran Cookie Dough Segments Include:

-Potrero Grade Climb

-Encinal Canyon Climb

-Mulholland Highway Climb

Rental Bikes by Helens Cycles

Ride the newest Cannondale Carbon Synapse Disc at Malibu Gran Cookie Dough. Helen's Cycles of Southern California has offered up their fleet of bikes for our cookie lovers.

For only $75 you can ride the newest Cannondale through the Santa Monica Mountains. Helen's Cycles will be on-site at Sponsor Expo/Early Rider Pick-Up to tune up and dial in your rental bike.  Visit for additional details and reservations.


We strive to create a fun, adventurous, and challenging course. Even under controlled circumstances, however, cycling itself comes with inherent dangers and unexpected occurrences. Whether you're riding the Sugar Cookie Route or the Double Fudge, we want you to be aware of some of the possible challenges you may encounter along the way. 

Including but not limited to: