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Ok kids, where should i go this march for road riding?(9 posts)

Ok kids, where should i go this march for road riding?Largo
Sep 13, 2001 7:55 PM
Early march is still pretty darn wintry up here in Alberta, and i want to go, along with some team mates, to somewhere warm and hospitable, with great road riding, to get a week of big miles in to set us up for the spring.
Where would you recomend?
Warm, but not too warm, lots of hills or mountains, good roads, scenary. Every one knows that you are faster when you are tanned.
Some good mountain biking would be nice.
Im not asking for much, just your well informed suggestions.

re: Ok kids, where should i go this march for road riding?Allen az
Sep 13, 2001 8:03 PM
Tucson,AZ! It has everything you listed. Warm, but not too warm, lots of hills and mountains, good roads, & scenary. The "Tour of the Tucson Mountains" (mass ride) is in April I think, so that would be fun. Motels/Hotels aren't expensive there. Oh, & There are a lot of roadies in that city!

My 2 cents,
I second that Tucson, AZ!Neo
Sep 14, 2001 2:24 PM
Me and some lads from Wisconsin head down there in February or March every year and stay on the east side. The city is very bike friendly, with ample bike lanes, etc. You can climb up Mt Lemmon, Gates Pass, Helmet Peak, etc. or if you want to stay close to town, Saguaro National Monument on the east side has an 8 mile loop that will allow you to come as close as you can to the mountain bike experience on a road bike. Twisties, short climbs, one long climb.....its great. The Old Spanish trail is a low traveled route (but rough) that has a bike lane along side of it for part of the way. I feel like Tucson is a second home, as I know the city pretty good now. We actually rent an apartment on a month by month basis, cheaper than extended stay hotels. We live like pros, get up, eat breakfast, go for a 2-6 hour ride, rest by the pool, hot tub, recover, eat, sleep.....repeat!

I look forward to it for the next year the minute I get on the plane to head back to the frozen tundra.
re: Ok kids, where should i go this march for road riding?Elefantino
Sep 13, 2001 9:32 PM
Sonoma County, California. That's where a lot of U.S. teams still go. Warm, but not too warm, lots of hills and mountains, great roads (Greg LeMond and the old 7-Eleven and Motorola teams used to train there every winter), great scenery (winery tours!), and some of the best mountain biking in the world at Annadale State Park. (Try the trail aptly named "Rough Go," if it's open.) Also, take the ride out to Bodega Bay. Nothing like Dungeness crab for lunch after a nice, hilly ride to the coast.
Thanks guys, these go on the list.Largo
Sep 14, 2001 4:51 AM
Hawaii!Mel Erickson
Sep 14, 2001 6:12 AM
I hope to be going to the Big Island to visit my son in March. Don't know about off road but the road riding is pretty nice.
Sierra Vista Endurance Cycling Campjtolleson
Sep 14, 2001 6:44 AM
The folks that run PACTour offer a camp in Sierra Vista AZ in March. One week of camp and clinics, one week of a tour around southern Az. Emphasis is on helping you think about riding better centuries or training for brevets, though daily mileage is never greater than about 70, I think.

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A Little Known Fact:Jon
Sep 14, 2001 8:56 AM
The true location of the Garden of Eden is Santa Barbara, Ca. Idyllic climate, hills galore, small town
atmosphere, some of the best restaurants on the planet, great natural beauty,and a great cycling
community. If you couldn't tell, UCSB is my alma mater and I met and married my wife there!
Shouldn't have ever left. Duh!!!!!
by all means...Roxy
Sep 14, 2001 2:03 PM
San Diego!! Roading, MTBing, ocean, killer night-life, restaurants, people, kayaking, weather.
Nuff said?