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Dominican Republic cycling(5 posts)

Dominican Republic cyclingvarmit
Jun 11, 2003 8:54 AM
Wife and I are doing a vacation at a resort in the DR. I was wondering if anyone had ever done any road riding there in the Punta Cana area.

I know that taking a bike on a plane is an expense and hassle, but I hate to loose bike fitness for a week. I know that I can run to maintain some cardio, but would rather ride if it is practical. Any input on laws, rules and local friendliness/hostility would be welcome.
Rent a MTN bike.....Dave Hickey
Jun 11, 2003 10:59 AM
I don't recommend riding in the DR. Besides being dangerous, the roads are terrible. MTN biking is pretty big but again, go with a group, not by yourself. I suggest you rest on the beach, drink some beer and relax. If you want a workout, most of the resorts have staionary bikes in the gyms or rent a beach cruiser and cruise the gounds of the resort.
Rent a MTN bike.....african
Jun 11, 2003 11:10 AM
well said, I have not been there but my Dad has. Leave the road bike, take some time off to smell the flowers and ride a tourist mtn bike. I just took some time off and went to San Fran, got a rental mtn bike, rode around like a tourist in jeans and t shirt and took on any roadie I could find. Loads of fun. Enjoy the VACATION!
re: Dominican Republic cyclingB2
Jun 11, 2003 12:10 PM
I was just there in January on a paragliding trip. I saw quite a few "serious" riders around Santa Domingo, but like Dave said it looks pretty dangerous.

I didn't see any riders in the country, just zillions of motor scooters. The roads can be narrow, but the traffic isn't bad which made me think the riding could be good in the country.

I had heard that Mtn Biking was pretty big there, but I didn't run into anybody there that had even heard of mountian biking. I never came close to any of the "resorts". Maybe they know more about Mtn Biking at the resorts.

Have Fun & Good Luck,
Bryan

Here's a nice view of Presa Sabeneta near San Juan:
just got back last week....longhorn
Jun 11, 2003 8:37 PM
Varmit,

I just went back home to the D.R. to visit family last week and was definitely suprised at the number of cyclists I saw riding around. I even passed one guy who was riding in the Dominican national flag jersey and had a car following with support.

Here's a link to a place that does mtb tours. They might be able to give you a little more information as I don't really know what the names of the good roads are.

http://www.activecabarete.com/activities/mountain-biking.php

I didn't take the bike, but I definitely saw a few areas that would have been good for riding. The one road that I know for sure would be nice (where I spotted the natty rider) would be the one that goes from Santo Domingo to just east of La Romana.

As far as the friendliness goes, I don't think you have much to worry about there. Most of the people will be more curious than anything else as not too many of them have seen people suit up in lycra and take to the road. Don't worry about the laws as not too many people follow them down there.

Suggestions:
* Take plenty of spare tubes/tires as the roads are nice in some places, but absolutely horrible in others.
* Take something to wrap around your mouth for breathing through should you get stuck behind a dumptruck that hasn't been emissions tested in the last 20 years.
* Take a camera on the rides b/c you'll probably see a few sights that you won't be able to believe. Here's an example:



This is on the side of the road that I was telling you about.

I'd be happy to answer any other questions you might have.