"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: 37 Miles
Climb: 1950 Feet
From Mission Bay Park up through Linda Vista, through Mira Mesa over to UCSD, down Gilman Drive to the Rose Canyon Bike Path and back to Mission Bay Park.
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. Then North on Winter Gardens to Lindo Lake and continuing to San Vicente Reservoir. Next, Southwest through Lakeside to Mast Blvd and then over for an easy ride through Santee Lakes before returning to the start.
Distance: 38.7 Miles
Climb: 1773 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.
(Note: This is not the weekly Recyclers ride) Saturday December 14 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. https://www.sdbc.org/"
Distance: 32 Miles
Climb: 1643 feet
Scenic and challenging 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. A scenic back country ride.
For those who wish to take a longer route back to Dos Picos from the coffee stop at Packards, here's a routeslip for the Northern Half Loop. It probably adds ab out 8 miles.
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: 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.