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    Rides in the Sacramento Area?

    I've only been riding a couple of months. We live less than a mile off the Am River Trail in Rancho Cordova. So that's where I've been riding. I spent a little time on Google Earth tonight and worked out a couple of other rides from my doorstep. One is a 16 mile loop (I think) and the other looks to be more like 25. I'm planning to do the 25 mile loop tomorrow morning.

    For those of you in the Sacramento area, what routes do you ride? I'm looking for some others to keep my interest level up.

    Thanks.

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    Why don't you do a ride with the Bike Hikers or Wheelmen? There's plenty of relaxed rides (esp. Bike Hikers and they have rides that start in Gold River) available and they're loaded with good people...
    http://www.bikehikers.com/PDFs/RideS...urSchedule.pdf
    www.sacwheelmen.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    I've only been riding a couple of months. We live less than a mile off the Am River Trail in Rancho Cordova. So that's where I've been riding. I spent a little time on Google Earth tonight and worked out a couple of other rides from my doorstep. One is a 16 mile loop (I think) and the other looks to be more like 25. I'm planning to do the 25 mile loop tomorrow morning.

    For those of you in the Sacramento area, what routes do you ride? I'm looking for some others to keep my interest level up.

    Thanks.
    Check Richard's website out. It's a tremendous resource for riding in Northern California, with lots of suggestions in Sacramento.

    http://centralcaliforniacycling.com/index.html

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    Lots of great climbing to the east. http://www.beautifulvista.com/bike_rides_index.htm

    The Folsom Lake Loop is a favorite: http://www.beautifulvista.com/Bike_R..._lake_loop.htm
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    Thanks! Those will be helpful resources.

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    I think we met on the Intro thread. As you know, I've only been riding a couple of months myself. I assume you're very familiar with the Sunrise Blvd. bike path that begins near Folsom Blvd and goes straight to the Bike Trail.

    You can broaden your travels by riding the Bike Trail westbound across the river to William Pond Recreation Area at Arden Way (Mile 13.5), getting off the Bike Trail, and riding through neighborhoods. Be advised that some entries into these neighborhoods require a hill climb.

    Ride along American River Dr awhile, but turn off onto sidestreets to break-up the route. There are several access points to the Bike Trail in the Arden area, including Harrington Wy, Jacob Ln, Rio Americano High School, and Estates Dr, so you can return to the Bike Trail and loop back home anywhere in there.

    From Rio Americano HS, take Saverien Dr north, cross Fair Oaks Blvd, turn right, ride the alternate-side bike lane (you'll see why when you get there) to Mariemont Avenue, turn left and ride around that part of Arden-Arcade. It's a nice neighborhood and a different kind of scenery.

    If you ride out of William Pond Recreation Area at Arden, make a right turn onto Carmelo, a right on Sheffield Dr, right on Fair Oaks Blvd, and shortly afterward a right on Oak Ave. At the end of the block, where it turns into California St., you can see the "new" governor's mansion, built at Nancy Reagan's behest, that no subsequent governor wanted to live in, if you're into that sort of thing. Continue north on California to the appropriately-named Palm Dr before turning around. Make sure you return to the Bike Trail on this side-trip by reversing course. That hill you climb on Sheffield getting to Fair Oaks Blvd is a treat on the way back.

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    I rode over the weekend with the Wheelmen (first time riding with them for me). I'm not a member of their club (yet) but guests are always allowed to ride and they don't charge you or anything. You just sign the guest form, they introduce you at the ride start and then you go have fun.

    Despite the punishing heat on Saturday, it was some of the most fun I've had on a bike. We started in Gold River, rode up to Penryn and came back. The pace was good, the people were fantastic. Everyone was friendly, helpful, loved talking about riding, etc, etc. It was awesome.

    The ride ended up being about 50 miles and I'll post a link to the route we did (captured by my Garmin). IMO, the American River Parkway Trail is awesome, but it can get a bit stale if you're riding it every day. I've found that to keep interest level up on the road bike, riding with groups, ups the fun-level considerably. The cool thing about Sacramento is that we have a ton of cyclists, it's a great town for riding and the people who generally ride in groups are awesome.

    Here's the link to the route we did: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6045695

    Hope you find some good rides to do.

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    That looks like a good ride.

    Part of my problem right now is my fitness level. I did the climb up to Folsom Lake a few weeks ago and it kicked my butt. I've only been riding a couple of months and am not in as good a shape as I'd like. I think when fall rolls around I'll be better able to go on some of those group rides.

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    I hear what you're saying on the fitness. Just so you know - people of all fitness levels come out. In fact, there was a long route that was about 60 miles, the one we did that came in at 50-ish (we opted off the long one due to the heat) and then there was a group that did 20 miles. You sign in when you start the ride, then sign out when your ride ends so they know you're safe.

    Aside from group rides, out here you can ride around Lake Natoma, out to Sac State and back, or farther if you wish. You could drive to downtown, then ride out to Davis by going down west capitol and across the causeway. That's fun to do on Saturdays when Davis has the farmer's market. They have incredible produce there at super low price. You can ride out, grab some apple juice and a small snack, then just relax in the park for a bit and head back (don't forget to recycle - they'll mob you with pitchforks out there if you throw stuff away ).

    Lots of stuff to keep it interesting. If you're interested in mountain biking at all (and/or can get an mtb), there's a TON of great mountain biking in this area, and mtb breaks up road monotony pretty well

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    I(don't forget to recycle - they'll mob you with pitchforks out there if you throw stuff away ).
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    If you're hoping there's another racecourse in Sac besides the Bike Trail, good luck. Other than what's been suggested you might consider strapping your bike onto your car every weekend to seek other scenic venues. Northern California is a big place, and weekends are meant for breaking up the daily monotony. Next time you're at Borders Books you should look at Northern California Biking (Moon Books 2007) by Ann Marie Brown. Go online at railstotrails.org and traillink.com to find old railbeds that have been converted to bike trails. There's one right here in Sac, but it takes you to Rio Linda. No offense to people in Rio Linda, but I think you can do better.

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    The book sounds like a good idea. I'll look for that next time I'm at a shop.

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    Come out & try the Sac Bike Hikers. We're friendly & helpful. The online schedule is easier to read & find rides in now. We have evening rides during the week as well. Your local bike shop has schedules, too. Cross the bridge to William Pond Park, exit at 13.5 mile marker to Arden Way. Up at 5 Points Shopping Center you can get a schedule at Carmichael Cycles. See you on a ride. Newbies welcome, no need to be a member either to ride. This Saturday's ride will be fun.

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    As a newb, this discussion has been helpful for me.

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    +1 about the BikeHikers rides-- they're a great bunch of folks, and I've always had a great time on their rides. Still, if you're looking for solo alternative jaunts that don't involve the ARBT, there are plenty in your neck of the woods. I live close to Five Points & more often than not opt for surface streets using the route Bookman mentioned above for starters, then work my way north & east along Sunset, Main & Greenback, then jump on the ARBT for the return.

    I'm surprised to hear that your ride to Beals was a butt-kicker-- you seemed to be doing fine on the Davis Ride on Saturday. True, there are those short, steep inclines on the way up to Beals that can be pretty challenging, especially if it was your first time there... give it another shot soon, and I bet you'll do a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoo_koo View Post
    +1 about the BikeHikers rides-- they're a great bunch of folks, and I've always had a great time on their rides. Still, if you're looking for solo alternative jaunts that don't involve the ARBT, there are plenty in your neck of the woods. I live close to Five Points & more often than not opt for surface streets using the route Bookman mentioned above for starters, then work my way north & east along Sunset, Main & Greenback, then jump on the ARBT for the return.

    I'm surprised to hear that your ride to Beals was a butt-kicker-- you seemed to be doing fine on the Davis Ride on Saturday. True, there are those short, steep inclines on the way up to Beals that can be pretty challenging, especially if it was your first time there... give it another shot soon, and I bet you'll do a lot better.
    I've been on a couple of Bike Hikers rides. A bunch of the problem is that weekends are often tough for me to get away for much of a ride. I do most of my riding during the week.

    Yeah, that hill up to Beals was a kick. I'm going to do it a couple times a week until it becomes like a stroll in the park. There just aren't many hills around here.

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    Yeah, there isn't too much in the immediate vicinity. You'd have to go out at least to Roseville before you start getting into some sustained climbing. But there's a good steep little hill (Pennsylvania Ave) near the ARBT where the Sunrise Bridge is. Climb, descend, repeat... that'll get your HR goin'! Do that a few times and those hills on the way to Beals will seem a lot flatter. Also, that stretch along Sunset between San Juan and Hazel has a series of rollers that's a pretty good workout. The road is usually pretty quiet, and <knocks wood> I haven't had any run-ins with cars along there.

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    [QUOTE=JoelS;6981765]I've been on a couple of Bike Hikers rides. A bunch of the problem is that weekends are often tough for me to get away for much of a ride. I do most of my riding during the week.

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    The Bike Hikers have evening rides during the week & morning rides on Mon., Wed., & Fri.
    For a nice climb, take the ARBT up river, stay on the south side of Lake Natoma, exit at Iron Point Rd, go left at Empire Ranch & left at Broadstone, right at Iron Point.

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    There are some nice rides that leave from El Dorado Hills/Latrobe Rd area. I live in Fair Oaks and drive 10 minutes on US50 up to EDH, park, then ride out into the foothills. There's a great loop which takes you up through French Creek and Cameron Park - about 40 miles with some good climbs (about 3500' I think). Or you can ride out to Plymouth in Amador County on Jackson Highway, then come around on Latrobe Road. Of course, there's also the climb from Folsom up to Pilot Hill, then if you want to continue, you can loop around Folsom Lake - that one is about 50 miles.

    I started out road cycling on the AR trail - used to live right on it in Fair Oaks Village - but it does get a little dull if you ride it all the time, plus there is no real climbing. The last 2 miles up to Beal's Point hardly counts!

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