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New Year's week in San Diego. Where to ride? ( nm )(6 posts)

New Year's week in San Diego. Where to ride? ( nm )pessot
Dec 24, 2002 11:16 AM
re: New Year's week in San Diego. Where to ride? ( nm )Humma Hah
Dec 24, 2002 11:50 AM
Almost anywhere. You might possibly need a long-sleeved jersey, but the two New-Years I was there, shorts were fine once you got warmed up.

The whole bloody county is OK for cycling, with a few roads that are just outstanding, particularly "North County" and a little inland, starting from maybe Carlsbad or Solana Beach and exploring east. There's even a short stretch on I-15 that has a bike lane!

Riding the coast road (the Pacific Coast Highway, whatever the local name is) tends to be a bit more crowded, but is a good ride with lots of places to stop, many bike shops, beaches to admire, and you'll usually meet more cyclists.
New Year's Day--Long Beach to SD Countymickey-mac
Dec 24, 2002 1:07 PM
At least I think this ride still happens; it has for years. It starts in the morning in LB and works its way down the coast, picking up riders along the way. It ends up as a mass of two-wheeled humanity by the time it reaches SD County. I'm sure you can find something on the internet about it. The only hitch is that you either have to ride up to Long Beach on New Year's Eve or have someone drop you off.
re: New Year's week in San Diego. Where to ride?gogene
Dec 24, 2002 2:47 PM
Start in North County, in Escondidio, and ride up to Mt Palomar. Pretty big challenge, thoroughly a great ride and full of reward.

Or, depending where you start, up or down the Pacific Coast Highway.
re: New Year's week in San Diego. Where to ride? ( nm )indianabob
Dec 25, 2002 8:49 PM
There's a couple of different loops that start and end in Poway that I remember taking in my youth. All involve lots of great climbing:

1:
Ride up the hill (Poway Road) to 67 toward Ramona, and turn onto Highland Valley Road (nice quiet road with lots of orange trees). You can take this all the way to where Pomerado Road meets Hwy 15 in Rancho Bernardo. Pomerado takes you south into Poway. Maybe about 25 miles.

2:
Keep going into Ramona and take Hwy 78 into Escondido, where you can hook up with San Pasqual Road south toward Poway. Around 40 miles.

3: From Poway, ride up 67, past Ramona, turns into 78 to Santa Ysabel (stop at Dudley's bakery), and turn north on 79. You'll then take Hwy 76 toward Mt. Palomar and the town of Rincon, where you can wind south to Escondido and eventually Poway. This loop is around 85 miles, add a brutish 10 miles if you decide to tackle Mt. Palomar along the way.

4. You can ride up to Mt. Woodson, which isn't far from the Poway Road 67 split and tackle the maybe two miles of horrendous switchbacks to the top. It's not for the faint of heart, and unless you're a barbarian, or have really low gears, you'll likely to need a breather before the top.

Other than that, there's lots of good cruising up and down the coast if you're not into the hilly stuff. San Diego is a pretty bike friendly town. Drivers are normally pretty courteous, and are used to watching out for bikers.
You need to be more specific....Bruno S
Dec 25, 2002 9:31 PM
San Diego county is pretty big.

Are you looking for group rides or solo rides? (There is always a century on new years day)

Do you want to site see or are you looking for challenging roads?

Where are you staying and how many miles do you expect to ride.