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Old 07-22-19, 01:18 AM
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irvine’s got a really nice intracity (apparently not a word) dedicated bike paths network. the network turns to bike lanes once outside of irvine city limits. the city itself has the yale loop which is arguably the best non-bike path jaunt within city limits. irvine tends to be a “pass-through” area enroute to the hotter spots for road cycling in orange county such as: mission viejo, laguna beach, newport beach “back bay” and santiago canyon road. there’s mountain biking in the foothills of and in the santa ana mtns northeast of town and also south of town on the inland side of laguna beach.

irvine itself is super flat. hardest hills will be shortish (half a mile) and super steep 12%+ grades east of pacific coast highway in laguna beach for roadies. for flats/flattish with scenery, you’ll need to bounce over to newport beach and head up the coast towards seal beach.

if you get bored of the area, you can always take the train nw from the irvine station to dtown la and hit mt. wilson, mt. baldy, hwy 39 and gmr/grr for serious mountains. angeles national forest (containing all these rides) is a 30-45 minute drive (without traffic).

and yah, la area tends to be interconnected in the basin as it relates to orange county/irvine, you've got the la habra hills/puente hills areas that divide the eastern part of the greater la basin into orange county to the south and a continuation of la county/intro into riverside county to the north. la habra hills are a fun, smallish (30 miles or so) wiggles & giggles ride with plenty of chutes & ladders and definitely worth checking out at some point.

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