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Where would you go to ride for a week or two in the Winter?(11 posts)

Where would you go to ride for a week or two in the Winter?ColoradoBiker
Sep 19, 2002 7:46 AM
Trying to find a biker friendly place that has some mountains (not an absolute requirement)and is scenic, good food, great places to stay etc.

Anywhere in the world.

Training for the triple bypass next year and I get tired of spinning.
San Diego (nm)onespeed
Sep 19, 2002 7:50 AM
Same place I ride in summermr_spin
Sep 19, 2002 8:00 AM
California!
Anywhere in the southern hemisphere. It will be summer nmDave Hickey
Sep 19, 2002 8:01 AM
SoCalfracisco
Sep 19, 2002 8:32 AM
Just about anywhere you go in SoCal, you can find 2-3 group rides during the week, crit training one night per week, and all types of choices for group rides on the weekends. Or you can just go off and ride alone or in pairs.

I'd recommend Santa Barbara, L.A.'s Westside/Southbay, and Orange County.
re: Where would you go to ride for a week or two in the Winter?netso
Sep 19, 2002 8:38 AM
I would ride where I always ride - Central Florida!!!!! It is great. San Antonio area has hills, Sugarloaf and Thrill hill are near Mt. Dora. Florida is great. However, do not know much about South Florida.
Good call, Gainesville area also great.Gator
Sep 20, 2002 6:00 AM
Gainesville is an excellent base for cycling. That part of Florida is surprisingly hilly, has miles of country roads, gorgeous thoroughbred ranches, cool little towns, rivers, springs--it's quite nice. Gainesville itself is a university town and as such has quite a few good restaurants, bars, a decent music scene and lots to do. A unique feature is that it's only an hour from either the ocean OR the Gulf of Mexico--you choose. It's also dirt cheap.
BonaireTurtleherder
Sep 19, 2002 10:27 AM
Semi-arid island next to Aruba and Curacao. The island has it all. It is a Dutch protectorate so it is clean with excellant accomadations, good food and good beer. My wife and I went there last year scuba diving. I knew it my kind of place, when we arrived there was a guy getting off the plane with a brand new Klien Quantum Pro. Found out they have monthly road and mountain bike races. The last day we were there we saw a time trial right in front of our hotel. There are single track runs everywhere because of the mostly desert like conditions in the center of the island. But on the north end is a national park that has mountains and a cloud forest. Other activities are of coarse scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, caving and just laying about under the warm sun.
You hooked me . . .Look381i
Sep 20, 2002 7:37 AM
I checked a couple of guide sites on the web, all of which describe mountain biking, but it's unclear what the roadie situation is. How many miles of decent roads, traffic conditions, wind, hills, etc? Off hand, it sounds like a cross bike with two sets of wheels might be the ticket.

Any packages -- air, room, etc. -- to recommend?

Is it always 80 degrees? I am thinking of a late December, early January trip.

Thanks in advance for any advice . . .
re: Where would you go to ride for a week or two in the Winter?rtyszko
Sep 19, 2002 11:04 AM
in country? Tucson AZ (I used to live there and could probably find places for you to stay on the cheap,)

Out of country? Tuscany, Italy (Just because so many great riders come from there and the food, wine, hills, olives...)
Hawaii - Big IslandSnowbird
Sep 19, 2002 11:10 AM
Smooth and relatively flat along the west coast Iromman route with super-wide shoulders. Hills (mountains) any time you turn inland. Views to die for. I had to stop several times to watch the whales breaching.
Reasonable rooms can be found.