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Old 07-22-19, 08:41 AM
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jimincalif
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Irvine is pretty fantastic for cycling. I was ride coordinator for the Bicycle Club of Irvine the last two years. You can do flat rides, beach rides, serious hills or mix it up. Go to BCI -- Bicycle Club of Irvine, we have rides every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, all starting in Irvine. The routes are posted and most have links to the route on RidewithGPS. Routes are 16 - 50+ miles with several hundred feet to 3,000 feet elevation. They will give you a good feel for local riding available.

For our larger group rides we tend not to use the local MUP trails a lot, but there is an extensive network that is great for solo or small groups.

Also from here its a 45 minute drive to epic climbs in the local mountains such as Glendora Mountain Road, Crystal Lake, Onyx Summit, Oak Glen or Forest Falls. Irvine is well served by Metrolink with trains from LA down to Oceanside. A $10 pass for a Saturday or Sunday you can just walk on with your bike, no advance reservation needed, to extend your ride. Just last week we rode 50 miles to Oceanside then grabbed the train back to Irvine.

The weather is wonderful almost all the time. We ride year round. On hot days we can head to the beach where itís usually 20 degrees cooler.

Also check out the Orange County Wheelmen, many (most) of their rides start in Irvine as well. Another great club with good routes. Ocwheelmen.org.
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