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finding rides in San Diego(7 posts)

finding rides in San DiegoAlan
Feb 5, 2002 3:43 PM
I just relocated to San Diego (Del Mar) and am looking to do some road cycling. I'm in decent shape, cat 3, and know how to hold a good line. I am looking for some fast recreational rides but don't mind taking it easy if it means finding a good ride. Any ride suggestions (places/times)? Thank you for any help.

re: finding rides in San Diegodavet
Feb 5, 2002 7:21 PM
Alan: I don't personally know any rides in San Diego (I lived there twenty years ago) but if you post your query on some of the owners forums, I'm sure you can pick up some good info. Try

re: finding rides in San DiegoBerm
Feb 5, 2002 7:30 PM
I live in Carmel Valley (right next to you. For groups, you can contact San Diego Bicycle Club (SDBC)and B&L Bike and Sport. Both have rides nearby. Not a big fan of SDBC -not very friendly and a group of 60+ is not much fun in my book.

I typically go 50 mi to 70 mi every Saturday morning and you are welcome to join me and I will show you some rides, although I am not a Cat 3. E-mail me if you want to ride.
Ditto on SDBC. Try cyclovets, and SDBCD has list of . . .morrison
Feb 5, 2002 7:39 PM
local groups w/ links. Swamis might be a good bet for you if you are Cat 3; they are out of North COunty too. (Encinitas).

If you want to truly feel like the king of the world, show up at 600 Margarita Ave in Coronado on Sat at 7. Quick 19 mi ride; down the strand and back. Down is spin, back is race. It's fun, and there are several poseurs (sp?) who you can play with! ;-)

Like previous poster, I am not cat 3, but if you e-mail me, I can give you info. Sorry . . . cannot partake (usually) of 50 - 70 m rides w/out first e-mailing divorce lawyer. Good luck (
re: finding rides in San DiegoBruno S
Feb 5, 2002 9:13 PM
You are now living in prime roadie territory. There are two large group rides starting a few miles from Del Mar. One of them is Swamis that starts in Solana Beach. Their web site is: Very good team, fast training rides. The SDBC ride starts in UTC. SDBC has been national team of the year for the last 3 years in a row. Its not true that SDBC is not friendly, what happens is that on Saturdays half of the people are from other teams or are people that just want to try the ride out. Go to their web site for info, there is much more than the Saturday ride: httP://
re: finding rides in San Diegobadabill
Feb 6, 2002 7:56 AM
The swamis and SDBC rides are large and can be hectic. Lots of high CAT and local pros. Being in Del Mar just drop onto PCH on any sat. or sun. and hook up with a group. In no time you will hook up with a group you can ride with. Large hard training rides or smaller easier paced rides, they are all there.
re: SDBC is a bit unfriendlyBB
Feb 6, 2002 10:07 AM
I've ridden with SDBC about twice a month for the last two years and they are not very friendly. I'm a gregarious fellow but have managed only to meet 3 or 4 guys on the ride. For a couple of reasons the ride is hectic (down right scary at times):1 They don't obey traffic signals. 2. It is a very large ride. 3. Many lights (i.e. intersections) during first quarter of ride. Slower riders creep up during a stop and congest things.

Swami's is fast ride. Personally, it feels safer than SDBC's ride (and much faster).

Cyclo vets also has weekend and weekday rides. There website is I have not ridden with them, so I can't offer any info.

Also, as another poster mention, get on pch/101 any weekend morning and you'll find some riding partners.