"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
Distance 38.5 Miles
Climb 1675 feet
Thanks to Sam for this ride. It's an easy circuit around Ramona. Starting at Dis Picos Park the circuit takes us through Oak Forests where Golden Eagles nest to the overlook of San Vicente Resevoir. Then we ride west past Mount Woodson through the "flatlands" of Ramona. Next we cover familiar territory along Dye, Ramona, Warnock San Vicente, and Hanson. Our coffee stop is at Packards, a Recyclers favorite. Then a circuitous route through Eastern Ramona back to Main Street and then back to Dos Picos Park.
Distance: 39.2 Miles
Climb: 1968 feet
The ride starts at Marina View Park, just west of the J St exit on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista. The route takes riders south to the Border then east along the Tijuana River Valley. Then we head north along Beyer Boulevard through Chula Vista and east along the Sweetwater river valley. After passing Otay Lake we regroup at the Olympic training center and then head west on the Olympic Parkway to get back to where we started.
Distance: 36.1 miles
Alitude: 557 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.
Saturday December 9 is the San Diego Bicycle Club's annual Light Up A Life Holiday Toy Ride to benefit the Salvation Army. The approximately 45 mile round trip ride starts at 8:30am at UC Cyclery located at La Jolla Village Square. Riders are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to carry to the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Rain or shine, 5-10 Recyclers usually participate.
Distance: 38.7 Miles
Climb: 1991 Feet
A ride from the Gilman Road Park N Ride in La Jolla through University City, Mira Mesa, a loop around Miramar Lake, and then back to La Jolla by a different route.
Distance: 36.5 Miles
Climb: 2738 feet
Ride the rural and sparsely developed areas of Oivenhain, Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove and Rancho Santa Fe. See the new community of San Elijo Hills near San Marcos. Enjoy the challenge of the rolling hills of Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest.See the view from the overlook of Hodges Dam. Enjoy the down hill cruise into Rancho Santa Fe and the coffee stop, in the Village.
Distance: 29 Miles
Climb: 1247 Feet
Start from the Old Town Trolley Stop head out to Ocean Beach, Point Loma, around Liberty Station, Harbor Drive and then up to Balboa Park. Cruise around the park exiting on 6th Street. Proceed through North Park and Mission Hills to Presidion Park returning to the Trolley Stop.
Distance: 33 Miles
Climb: 1674 feet
Ride starts at Mission Bay through Rose Canyon and up to UCSD. After climbing Gillman drive 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. Once around the West side of the bay, then back to the beginning.