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The Race Scene in San Fran?(13 posts)

The Race Scene in San Fran?RockyMountainRacer
Sep 10, 2003 12:55 PM
I know there are a lot of racers from California that post on this board, so can you folks tell me a bit about the race/cycling scene in San Francisco? I am considering a possible relocation there for work and learning a bit about the cycling scene in San Francisco would help me evaluate the option. Thanks!
re: The Race Scene in San Fran?Sherpa23
Sep 10, 2003 1:38 PM
In one sentence: it is 10 times better than Colorado. You have 1) longer race season, 2) better quality of races 3) better quality of fields, 4) equally good terrain, 5) arguably better weather 6)better group rides (a TON better) and 7) bigger fields.
More QuestionsRockyMountainRacer
Sep 11, 2003 1:30 PM
What is the actual riding like on the city peninsula? It looks the really good riding is all on the other side of the bridge. My job would be right downtown in the financial district. Do you think it would be better to live on the other side of the bridge and commute to work?
You mean San FranCISCO??shirt
Sep 10, 2003 1:56 PM
Race scene is great. Go to this site, click the "Road" link and check out the number of events we have every year:

The only thing missing is elevation. A lot of the later races (and championships, unfortunately) are in the Tahoe area, and the guys that live up there definitely have an advantage.

Sep 10, 2003 3:00 PM
I am headed out there next month to check it out for myself. I will give you a honest impression of someone who has never been there. Some of the more generous RBR guys have offered to take me on some steller rides. Check out for plent yof places for rent around the area and in SF. If its anything like what I think it is... paradise baby!
Hey RockyMtn. and Carbon!The Human G-Nome
Sep 11, 2003 3:14 PM
look me up when you come out this way. you can ride with my team on a Wed. evening or Saturday morning. i'll show you around and give you the Tour. my team is also looking for new riders for next season in every category (but mostly 4s and 5s) so you might even have help waiting for you when you get out here. why not hit the ground running? (me)
or (team manager)
Sounds great!CARBON110
Sep 12, 2003 6:05 AM
Yeah a team would be preferable, especially a team with depth. That way you have people in masters,upper cats and lower. Your never alone and its more fun driving to a race cracking jokes and coming up with spur of the moment tactics. It also gives that little extra motivation. Having been to so many races at this point, road racin is the same anywhere Except at alltitude. I think I have raced on just about every kind of terrain; dirt roads, crazy steep hills, 55mph+ downhills, 90+ weather, 17 degree cold weather (yikes), snow and sleet every spring in Mass. Americas version of cobbles and the best distraction of all, my personal favorite, when they put the women 1,2,3 in with your field :)

Thanks alot for the invite!
Hey RockyMtn. and Carbon!RockyMountainRacer
Sep 12, 2003 7:23 AM
Sounds good Mr. G-Nome. I will send you an e-mail when (and if) my plans for San Francisco solidify.
You mean San FranCISCO??RockyMountainRacer
Sep 11, 2003 5:32 AM
Races in JANUARY? That's just we have this thing called snow which makes it quite hard to race in January.
Yeah, but you can ski in the offseason withoutshirt
Sep 11, 2003 8:43 AM
driving for four hours. Also, if it makes you feel any better, those road races you see in February are held in conditions that mimic the Spring classics in northern Europe: very wet, very cold, and windy enough to carry Toto into another dimension.

Sep 11, 2003 8:55 AM
But skiing in Colorado kinda sucks if you have a job that only lets you ski on the weekends. There are ridiculous amounts of people on the slopes on weekends and so there's not enough room to really open it up. I've been skiing since 4 and I just don't have fun with too many people around me. Got to be responsible and keep your head on a swivel all the time so you don't have any collisions 'cause there's a lot of yahoos out there that don't ski responsibly.

Anyway, I'm really leaning towards taking the offer, so if I end up in San Fran it will be in January just in time for the "Spring Classics". You and Allervite will have to show me how its done on the local race scene. Or are you guys too ancient to race with the Seniors? :)
No, you slacker! I mean CROSS COUNTRY skiing. (nm)shirt
Sep 12, 2003 9:06 AM
You mean San FranCISCO??Sherpa23
Sep 11, 2003 7:10 AM
I will be in the San Francisco area all next week for business. I am leaving on Saturday and I will be in Los Gatos, Palo Alto, and Mountain View. It's a great place. My wife has said that the only place she would move is to Northern California.