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racing scene in Denver and San Diego?(6 posts)

racing scene in Denver and San Diego?Duane Gran
Dec 13, 2001 10:15 AM
I may be making a bit of a career change and am looking at potentially moving to Denver or San Diego. I'm an avid racer, and the racing scene is an import part of my moving decision. It might help if I explain what I like and don't like about the mid-atlantic (Washington area) first.

Likes:

* One of the things I like about the mid-atlantic is how the race calendar is full from April until September. With the exception of holidays a person can race every single weekend during the race season, and if one is into cross they can race until January.

* I also like the good number of road races. Crits are cool too, but road races are my main thing.

* The weather is also pretty good, in comparison with my miserable stint of growing up in Indiana (no offense to folks still there).

* There are plenty of teams in the area and many group rides.

Dislikes:

* It is too crowded and urban sprawl is quickly ruining the good cycling. There are some good holdouts though. I figure this a problem everywhere.

* The weather could be just a bit better. ;)

* Not close enough to the hard mountains in New England and the South (NC). The Appalachians are pretty close and fun, but I love riding in mountains and am always looking for a higher peak.

* It is too expensive to live anywhere within 1 hour of Washington DC. I live in the city right now and love some aspects of it, but I doubt if I could ever own a proper home if I stay here. Having grown up in Indiana I'm sort of attached to things like privacy and yards, which I'll never have for less than 2m in DC.

Anyhow, I hope this gives some background. Everyone often thinks their slice of earth is great, so if you can include things you don't like as well that would be helpful. I sincerely appreciate any feedback. Who knows... I just might end up joining your team!
Racing/riding scene in Denver...Cima Coppi
Dec 13, 2001 1:14 PM
As a native of the Denver area, I can give you some good answers to your questions for the Mile High city.

As far as the racing schedule, it is pretty full, but may lack the extensive road racing you are looking for. I have included the link to the American Cycling Associations webpage for you to view the racing schedule for Colorado and the surronding states:

http://www.americancycling.org/

Urban sprawl is running rampant here, but there are still decent places to ride on the outskirts of the city, and of course, riding in the mountains is awesome. Drivers out here are horrible, so cyclists need to constantly watch their backs while out riding. There are few bike lanes or continuous wide shoulders to ride on, so that poses an obsticle for good riding.

You'll need some time to acclimate yourself, as Denver is over 5000 ft above mean sea level, and it only gets higher as you head out west and south.

Weather wise, summers can get very hot, but are always very dry. Humidity rarely reaches 20% here in the summer. Winters can be cold and snowy, but there are plenty of good riding days to be had out doors between the storms.

Let us know of your decision.

Good luck

CC
Racing/riding scene in Denver...bigrb
Dec 13, 2001 3:19 PM
San Diego-
within two hours you can race every week (usually 2-3 times) from Feb. to Sept.
rarely gets below 55 degrees for a high.
mountains, lots of 'em.
after june, mostly crits.
expensive as all hell.
urban sprawl, you have to see it to believe it.
Racing/riding scene in Denver...chops
Dec 16, 2001 8:50 AM
I agree with most of Coppi's opinions on Denver area cycling. All except the sprawl isssue and drivers. While Colorados population continues to grow, the sprawl is nowhere near as bad as most places. I live in Boulder which is northwest of Denver. There are bike paths that allow you to avoid the heavy traffic to get out of town and then you have the option of mountain routes or long rolling plains rides. As far as the drivers go I am absolutely amazed. I have a pretty heavy training schedule and I have had no more than five instances that worried me or blatent assholes in the last year. A stark contrast from good ole Texas where life-threatening situations can be expected to occur frequently in a single ride. Overall I think it is a great place to live and ride, but please don't let the "natives" know I told you this or they might make me leave.
San Diegoscc
Dec 13, 2001 9:32 PM
there is a fair amount of road racing here (alot of Tri stuff too - Tri was born here). Check Active.com and Raceplace.com for dates, as well as ranchoscycling.com and sdbc.org for clubs.
How good are you?Pack Meat
Dec 14, 2001 8:00 AM
If you're really a good Cat 3 just head on over to SanDiego so I don't have to race against you.

The good and bad thing about Colorado is that most of the racing is within 50 miles of Denver and the weekends are booke from april to September. If it's not snowing in the front range you can ride almost all year round. Good group rides pick up in December and go every weekend until racing starts in the spring. The racing is very competitive here, most good size races include a couple of national or international caliber pros in the Pro 1-2 category. Have you ever been dropped by a girl? Allison Dunlop often races with the Mens Cat 3 fields here and a couple of years ago Mary Grigson beat me in a hill climb.

Good Luck.
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