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Fall/Winter cycling vacation suggestions(9 posts)

Fall/Winter cycling vacation suggestionsAndy
Nov 15, 2001 6:39 PM
I want to spend a week to ten days cycling in a warm weather city in the western US. Does anybody have any suggestions as to a location that has some good cycling routes?

I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah and I don't want to spend a fortune on airfare. I'll be riding 50 to 80 miles per day and site seeing the rest of the time.

Thanks for any tips / suggestions.
re: Fall/Winter cycling vacation suggestionsGregJ
Nov 15, 2001 10:13 PM
Santa Barbara has what you are looking for. Mountains, ocean, warm weather probably, great dining, and a good cycling community. Also there is easy access to the Santa Ynez Valley area, you can also spend a day or two in LA or drive up to Big Sur.
Santa Barbara to San Diegomickey-mac
Nov 15, 2001 10:28 PM
Southern California has a lot of great riding and fall is generally a good time of year. As previously mentioned, the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez area is very nice. Also nice is the area from South Orange County to San Diego. You'll find generally flat to rolling roads along the coast with hills and mountains that provide some great climbing inland. Laguna Beach is a nice place to stay and provides a good starting place for some nice rides down the beach or inland to places like Santiago Canyon.
Indeed... rode in SD for two "winters" ...Humma Hah
Nov 16, 2001 5:21 AM
Two years in a row out there I was able to ride on Christmas and New Year's days in my shorts and short-sleeve jersey.

"Winter" in San Diego is typically a long, chilly, wet, miserable 4 days.
NY city baby.......dupe
Nov 16, 2001 2:16 AM
forget all those other poncey destinations for a little while.

bring your cash. spend lots of money in the lbs' on some warm gear. catch a cab up to my place in harlem and you can choose one of my rides for the day's journey. you will be greeted upon returning with rice and beans from my man jorge and either presidente beer or brugal rum (beats cytomax any day).

if you have a partner thats not into cycling bring them anyway as shopping, gallery browsing and sight seeing is more condensed and varied than perhaps any other city in the world.

i will give you a list of great bars and restaurants to spend some more of your money in and directions to some less commonly frequented nocturnal destinations where you are more likely to meet cippolini than armstrong.

then set for another day.

i promise that it will be an inspiring and worhtwhile cycling holiday and you would also be benifiting the people here more than the well intentioned relief and support agencies.

ciao, ben
San Francisco Baymr_spin
Nov 16, 2001 8:24 AM
People on this board are probably sick of hearing me rant about SFBay area, but you'd have to look far and wide to match the variety of great riding here. Incredible road riding and awesome mountain biking abound. And it meets your sightseeing goals, too. There is plenty to see here. San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Wine Country. Marin. The Penninsula coastline. The redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains. Climb up Mt. Hamilton or Mt. Diablo to see all the way to the Sierras. The Tech Museum in San Jose. The Monterey Bay Aquarium (it's a different bay, but it's close!). I could go on and on....
Nov 16, 2001 8:34 AM
Tucson AZ has nice rides with great winter weather.bikedodger
Nov 16, 2001 9:04 AM
Thanks for the inputAndy
Nov 16, 2001 3:15 PM
Sorry but NY is too cold for me, I'm a wuss for cold weather riding. I guess I'll have to move from SLC.

It's either the SF Bay area, San Diego or maybe Arizona... heck, I could drive to Az.

Moab is great for Mtn biking but not I'm not looking forward to riding my road bike from Moab to Montecello and back.

Thanks for the ideas.