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Riding in San Diego CA(6 posts)

Riding in San Diego CAMorgan
Oct 2, 2002 10:38 AM
I will be heading to SanDiego for the National Safety Conference next week(arriving Sunday 6th). Just wonder where the good places are to do a road ride. Is there any group that ride at a certain time or day of the week in that area?

Morgan
re: Riding in San Diego CAriderbob
Oct 2, 2002 10:44 AM
Morgan,

The Tour de Poway is on October 6th...I think its 60 miles, my understanding is that there is a good climb. I am traveling to San Diego from Chicago to ride. San Diego is great for riding. If you get a chance ride from San Diego to Carlsbad on Highway 101. The bike lane is pretty stable the whole way and the sights of the Ocean near Carlsbad are as good as they get. If you didnt bring your bike, Bike 101 rents out Trek 2000 and Marin Road Bikes...40 bucks for the day. They are located in Solona Beach (spelling is wrong). I have done it a few times when I didnt take my bike.

Hope this helps....

Riderbob
Yeah ... TDP nails you with 1200 ft at 8% ...Humma Hah
Oct 2, 2002 1:22 PM
... about two miles into the ride. I rode it 2 years ago and it was about 48 miles for the long loop, with two shorter versions.

The cruiser took the climb without a wimper. The motor, however, was wimpering.

There's also a fast downhill with really neat, if a little scary, back-and-forth turns, after you leave Ramona. You get to see a lot of microclimate changes, too.
Up 67 to Ramona, drop down to Escondido, to the coastonespeed
Oct 2, 2002 12:50 PM
Then follow the coast all the way back to Downtown San Diego where your hotel probably is.

113 miles RT. Great ride.
Its bike heaven, too many good rides to count ...Humma Hah
Oct 2, 2002 1:28 PM
... most folks start out with a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway, starting north of La Jolla where the traffic thins out. Ride on up to Carlsbad and back, for example. The PCH keeps changing names, but you'll know you're on it because any further west and your wheels get wet.

The inland loops are faster with less towns to slow you down, and give a change in scenery. There's a loop I've ridden up to maybe Escondito, west around Lake Hodges, down to Rancho Santa Fe, and take one of 3 options over to the PCH. I could put in a 50-60 mile loop with some nice climbs and not dodge a single pedestrian or parking car until I got back to the PCH.
North County SDmass_biker
Oct 3, 2002 6:46 AM
When visiting my in-laws in SD, I get a few rides in on ancient Schwinn I bought and stashed in their garage. A nice loop that starts near Lake Hodges (Rancho Bernardo), heads out Highland Valley Ranch Rd (?). towards Ramona. Nice extended climbs up this road. Then you descend down 67 from Ramona towards Escondido and before hitting Escondido itself, take a left onto Bandy Canyon Rd. which ends with a wicked climb to take you back up to Highland Valley. This loop is <3 hours and a blast. Especially on a bike with 80s style gearing (52/42, 13x21 friction shifting 7 speed). Other variations of this loop would allow you to wend your way towards Poway or up towards Julian (lots of climbing) - MB