"This is not Disneyland, or Hollywood. I'll give you an example: I've read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France. But you don't fly up a hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else." - Lance Armstrong

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Please review the Frequently Asked Questions if you would like to join us.

July

July 24

The Royal Road 3 Chain Rings
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Distance 32.8 mi
Climb: 1741 ft

Starting from Stratford Court in Del Mar, we ride over to El Camino Real then head North, through Rancho Santa Fe and Olivenhain, then west to Carlsbad and back south to Del Mar.

July 31

Oceanside to Dana Point 2 Chain Rings
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8:15 am Las Pulgas start - Distance: 40 mi, Climb: 720 ft
7:15 am Oceanside start - Add 18mi distance, Add +500 ft climb

This ride has two starts, the 7:15 am start is at Oceanside Harbor and the 8:15 am start is from Las Pulgas Road, just outside Camp Pendleton. The early start crosses Camp Pendleton and joins the main group at Las Pulgas. The main group rides up Pacific Coast Highway to San Clemente, then El Camino Real through San Clemente to Dana Point. After a coffee stop, we turn around and go back.

Early (7:15 am) riders must either obtain a pass to access the base or must ride the freeway shoulder from Oceanside to Las Pulgas (yes, it is legal). To learn about acquiring a pass, go to https://www.pendleton.marines.mil/Base-Access/Recreational-Bicycling/

August

August 7

Island Hopping Ride 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 36.3 mi
Climb: 638 ft

Get out your hurricane glasses and tiny umbrellas, it's time to go island hopping. From Old Town we go north to circumnavigate Fiesta Island. Next, we travel around the vast maritime expanse known as Mission Bay and head down to our second destination, Shelter Island. After a quick layover we take flight to Harbor Island before once again navigating the Pacific (highway) and concluding our adventure.

August 14

Don Fritgzes' San Diego Bay Ride 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 33.5 mi (excludes ferry ride)
Climb: 350 ft

An easy flat ride that meets at NTC Park in Liberty Station (on Cushing Rd just east of Dewey Rd - 92106). This is a very nice, not too difficult ride, that takes us around the San Diego Bay, and then up the Silver Strand for a coffee break at the Coronado Ferry Landing. We ride the ferry back to the downtown then ride along Harbor Dr to get back to Liberty Station. It's a great ride for first timers and old timers alike.

August 21

Tour De Campus 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32.8 mi
Climb: 1331 ft

This ride starts at Mission Bay and goes through Rose Canyon and up to UCSD. After climbing Gillman Drive, we cross the campus and make our way to the top of Torrey Pines Road. We ride back down La Jolla Scenic Drive through Bird Rock and Pacific Beach along the coast then back to Mission Bay.

August 28

Loma, Liberty, and the Zoo Too (aka Dr. Z's wild ride) 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 30 mi
Climb: 1275 ft*

Start from the Old Town Trolley station, head out to Ocean Beach, Point Loma, around Liberty Station, Harbor Drive and then up to Balboa Park. After a loop around the park, we proceed through North Park and Mission Hills to Presidio Park, returning to the trolley station.

September

September 4

Solana Beach to Oceanside to Solana Beach 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 35 mi
Climb: 650 ft*

An easy ride that starts at the Train Station in Solana Beach travels up the coast highway to Oceanside for coffee by the harbor and returns.

September 11

Cabrillo Monument Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 35.2 mi
Climb: 1089 ft
*

A fairly easy ride from Old Town, along the San Diego River bike trail, and west to Ocean Beach. We then climb up to Point Loma, and out to the Cabrillo National Monument. On the way back we drop down for a lap around Shelter Island and Harbor Island. We continue to downtown where we climb up into Mission Hills then down through Presidio Park and back to the start.

September 18

Around Town 1 Chain Ring
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Distance 32 mi
Climb 1229 ft

Could this have been called “Why OB Normal?”, yes, but Around Town is just what the doctor Z ordered. This one starts at the familiar Old Town Trolley station parking lot and heads west to Ocean Beach. After a little climb we drop down to San Diego Bay and skirt Balboa Park on our way to Kensington and Normal Heights. After riding in circles and every which way, we head back west to Hillcrest and down to Old Town.

September 25

Oceanside to Dana Point 2 Chain Rings
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8:15 am Las Pulgas start - Distance: 40 mi, Climb: 720 ft
7:15 am Oceanside start - Add 18mi distance, Add +500 ft climb

This ride has two starts, the 7:15 am start is at Oceanside Harbor and the 8:15 am start is from Las Pulgas Road, just outside Camp Pendleton. The early start crosses Camp Pendleton and joins the main group at Las Pulgas. The main group rides up Pacific Coast Highway to San Clemente, then El Camino Real through San Clemente to Dana Point. After a coffee stop, we turn around and go back.

Early (7:15 am) riders must either obtain a pass to access the base or must ride the freeway shoulder from Oceanside to Las Pulgas (yes, it is legal). To learn about acquiring a pass, go to https://www.pendleton.marines.mil/Base-Access/Recreational-Bicycling/

October

October 2

Charlie's Bread 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 34 mi
Climb: 931 ft

A relatively flat ride starting in Del Cerro, going west through Mission Valley, and up the center of Mission Bay to Charlie's Best Bread**. Then, we return along the west side of Mission Bay and through Mission Valley to return to the start.

**The Charlie's Best Bread ride may not actually contain Charlie's Best Bread. Ride leader may substitute alternative coffee stops of equal or lesser value without notice.

October 9

The Royal Road 3 Chain Rings
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Distance 32.8 mi
Climb: 1741 ft

Starting from Stratford Court in Del Mar, we ride over to El Camino Real then head North, through Rancho Santa Fe and Olivenhain, then west to Carlsbad and back south to Del Mar.

October 16

Tour De Campus 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32.8 mi
Climb: 1331 ft

This ride starts at Mission Bay and goes through Rose Canyon and up to UCSD. After climbing Gillman Drive, we cross the campus and make our way to the top of Torrey Pines Road. We ride back down La Jolla Scenic Drive through Bird Rock and Pacific Beach along the coast then back to Mission Bay.

October 23

A Jewel, a Loch, and a Magic Cristobal 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 33.4 mi
Climb: 1325 ft*

Join us on this magical journey through the five kingdoms of Middle San Diego on our quest toward the Loch to vanquish the beastly Panniculus and free the Jewel for its return to its rightful place at the foot lonely Mount Soledad. Along the way we may encounter flying beasts guarding their secluded Miramar den, sun beaten Anglers who prey upon the inhabitants of the Loch, and a Hall of Knowledge where the Boffins roam in their pursuit of enhanced cognitive perception. It will be a long journey with many trials and it will not be until after we conquer the Loch that we will be able to seek respite at the shop of Panera the Caffeinated. We continue our journey by looking north to Aquarius and consulting the magic Cristobal to understand that our future lies to the west. Feeling buoyed by our success we will muster our strength to climb up to the 7 realms of the Boffins before our final descent to the carriages

October 30

Mount Soledad Wildcard ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: Less than 35 mi
Climb: Less than 1500 ft

For this iteration of the Mt Soledad ride we will start at Liberty Station at the same start location as the New Don Fritgzes ride (Cushing Rd and Dewey Rd 92106). Before we start, we will decide how we want to climb and descend the mountain. We will change our minds early and often. Aside from the mountain, the ride will be mostly flat.

So many options...

November

November 6

Santee Saunter 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 32.5 mi
Climb: 1000 ft

Starting at Santee's West Hills Park just east of the 52 on Mast Blvd, we go south to Prospect and around Gillespie Field to Vernon. We turn north on Winter Gardens to Lindo Lake and continue to San Vicente Reservoir. Next, we ride southwest through Lakeside to Mast Blvd and then over for an easy ride through Santee Lakes before returning to the start.

November 13

Jesmond Dene Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 39.1 mi
Climb: 2050 ft

Starting from Kit Carson Park travel north along Bear Valley Parkway past San Pasqual Valley Road up to Daley Ranch. From there we go west on El Norte Parkway until turning north to Jesmond Dene Park for a quick stop. After a nice climb up Jesmond Dene, we head west to loop around San Marcos where we take a coffee break. Next we shadow Hwy 78 east toward Harmony Grove on our way to Via Rancho Parkway, ending at Kit Carson Park.

November 20

Poinsettia Station/San Marcos Loop 3 Chain Rings
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Distance 37.2 mi
Climb: 1345 ft

Starting at the Poinsettia Train Station on Avenida Encinas in Carlsbad, ride north past Carlsbad State Beach, into Oceanside. In Oceanside enter the San Luis Rey River bike path and ride east to Santa Fe Ave and then turn south. After a brief coffee stop in San Marcos we head west back to the start.

November 27

Old Julian Highway 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 31 mi
Climb: 1643 ft

A scenic and challenging back country ride starting at Dos Picos Park in Ramona. After we make our way around the southwestern end of Ramona we climb the Old Julian Highway to the junction with Highway 78. Then a swift downhill return to stop for coffee at Packards in downtown Ramona.

December

December 4

Balboa, Bonita, San Diego Bay 1 Chain Ring
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Distance: 35.3 mi (excludes ferry ride)
Climb: 743 ft

Start at Balboa Park then head through the park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and along Harbor Dr. toward Pepper Park. After a restroom stop we pick up the Sweetwater River bike path to Bonita Plaza Rd. After looping around Bonita we rejoin the Bayshore Bike Path to Coronado. After a coffee stop we take the ferry back to San Diego then back up to Balboa Park.

Riders who would like to avoid the distance and climb of the Bonita loop can cross the Bayshore Bikeway bridge across the channel at mile 9.2 and continue south on Bay Blvd until rejoining the route with a right on Lagoon Dr. This shortened version of the ride results in a distance of 28 miles with a climb of 550 ft.

December 11

The Vomiting Sheep Ride 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 39.3 mi
Climb: 1305 ft

This ride starts in Mission Bay Park and continues through Linda Vista before we make our way to Mira Mesa. We then turn west toward UCSD where we have a coffee stop before riding down Gilman Drive to the Rose Canyon Bike Path and back to Mission Bay Park.

December 18

Weiss' Five City Ride 3 Chain Rings
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Distance: 32.1 mi
Climb: 1690 ft*

Starting in Del Cerro, we ride north and then east past Mission Trails park out through Bostonia, Granite Hills, and east to Lake Jennings Park. We return through Lakeside and Santee along Prospect Ave and Gillespie Field. The climb up Fanita Drive is challenging, topping out by Grossmont College. We again pass Mission Trails Park and return to where we started.

 

* = Climb adjusted down from the value shown on the mapping site to correct for elevation drops due to bridges that pass over valleys. That is, the road passes over the valley rather than dropping into the valley as the map elevation suggests.

December 26

Loma, Liberty, and the Zoo Too (aka Dr. Z's wild ride) 2 Chain Rings
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Distance: 30 mi
Climb: 1275 ft*

Start from the Old Town Trolley station, head out to Ocean Beach, Point Loma, around Liberty Station, Harbor Drive and then up to Balboa Park. After a loop around the park, we proceed through North Park and Mission Hills to Presidio Park, returning to the trolley station.




Until next time, stay well friends, and we hope you can all make the ride this weekend!!!
Remember to RIDE SAFE and have FUN!!!!