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Bicycling on St. Thomas????(6 posts)

Bicycling on St. Thomas????mghwk
Feb 19, 2003 3:18 PM
Am going to be in St. Thomas for a week and was wondering if anyone can tell me what the cycling opportunities are. I can take my road bike for a nominal fee, but was wanting to know if this is worth doing. What are the roads like? Any suggestions? Thanks in Advance
Here's a cool post on MTB in St. Lucia. . .js5280
Feb 19, 2003 3:46 PM
Not much help for you but thought I'd share anyways.

I'm heading to the Caymans in a week! :-) Think you'd have to loop the island twice to get in century. Hope to have at least a few bike pics when I get back.
Incredibly steep roads in St. LuciaRay Sachs
Feb 20, 2003 6:26 AM
I was in St. Lucia a couple of winters ago for a couple of days. Incredibly beautiful island, as the pics above show. And reputed to have some good mountain biking. But I would no more want to ride a road bike there than try to swim to Hawaii. Taking the roads from Castriers (sp?), the main city and capital out to the Pitons area, we were on hills so steep I wasn't sure the cars were going to be able to make it up. Very narrow and twisting too, so tough to share the road with autos. My overwhelming impression was that these were just impossibly steep climbs to want to road ride on. One after another too, with only an occasional break. Not super long, but long enough at those grades. I like climbing quite a bit actually, but these were crazy steep. I understand there is a road race around the island every year - can't even imagine.

Bicycling on St. Thomas????tazdag
Feb 20, 2003 7:49 AM
I wouldn't bother biking on St. Thomas. The roads are narrow without any shoulders and the drivers drive more like their playing a video game than driving. Actually, the only roads I've seen on St. Thomas are ones between the airport and Redhook to catch the ferry to St. John. There is too much to do there to feel like you need to ride. Even if you don't dive, the snorkeling is fantastic.

And of course, the rum is very very cheap.
I wouldn'tColnagoFE
Feb 20, 2003 10:06 AM
Why not just enjoy the watersports and relax? The drivers there drive like bats from hell and are not always looking out for recreational riders. Also if you have any steel on your bike the salt water-laced air can be hell on it.
re: Bicycling on St. Thomas????mghwk
Feb 21, 2003 8:35 AM
Thanks for all the input. Will just cool my jets for a while and swim with the sharks. Thanks for taking the time to reply.