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Old 08-01-19, 04:21 AM
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ultimately, it really depends on how you cycle. are you someone that does a (nearly) daily ride before or after work for an hour or two?
a weekend warrior? a combination? grabbing riding time whenever you can w/o a semi-set schedule between work and commitments?
can you get cycling exercise in irvine? yes. it takes the better part of 30 mins to get anywhere scenic tho. neighboring mission viejo
(home of the 1984 olympic road race course that you can duplicate) is filled with challenging rollers. relatively easy matter to ride
the area including irvine and surrounding oc as there are tons of bike lanes and generally good pavement. gravitate to the coast
for any mix of the views, steep short climbs, flats to the north or south. hit the foothills and santiago canyon rd (scr)/live oak canyon/antonio parkway
east/west or vice versa for some longer grades and less traffic. incorporate both the foothills and the coast as a loop ride and you've nearly got a diverse century.
pacific coast highway (pch)/hwy 1/el camino real from seal beach south through san clemente is the real deal. arguably the most essential part of
pacific coast highway in socal to ride and a must-do for any visitor or socal cyclist. some pinch points/take the lane stretches in newport beach
and laguna beach tho. duck the surfers carrying their boards on their heads turning around when they hear your raspy drivetrain and bring the sunscreen/sunblock.
i really think this stretch maintains the idyllic beaches of california dream without the ridiculous traffic better than parts north (malibu).

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