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Scenic San Diego area rides?

Old 10-28-10, 10:14 AM
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Scenic San Diego area rides?

Anybody have recommendations for scenic rides in the San Diego area? I have to travel there on business soon and want to get some riding in.
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady View Post
Anybody have recommendations for scenic rides in the San Diego area? I have to travel there on business soon and want to get some riding in.
San Diego is rather large, so it depends on where you are staying. For scenic, it is hard to beat a ride along the North County coast on Old Highway 101. I have heard that this is the most heavily cycled stretch of road in the U.S., so you will have plenty of company.

For a more hilly scenic, ride up to the top of Mount Soledad. It is a bit steep, but the view from the top is fantastic.
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Honestly pretty much wherever you ride is going to be nice. I lived there for 12 years and a ride I always enjoyed was leaving my place in downtown, riding up thorough La Jolla and Torrey Pines and up to Carlsbad and back. It’s nice because you go through all the popular S.D. beach towns, P.B., La Jolla, Solano Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and up to Oceansideetc....Another option for that same route is to take the Coaster ( a public low cost train ) up to Oceanside and ride back to S.D., it’s around 40 miles each way. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery, a popular stop is called Pizza Port in Solano Beach, awesome pizza and even better beer, just add it to your expense report, we won’t tell! ;-)

Here are a couple of sites that can also help steer you in the right direction.
https://www.bikesd.org/
https://www.sdcbc.org/

If you need a rental B&L Bikes can get you taken care of, ha, they happen to be about 4-5 doors down from Pizza Port ( no I didin’t work for either business). They would also be a good place to phone and ask about any group rides that may be planned while you are there, or at least give you some nice routes in North County.
https://www.blbikes.com/

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You can't go anywhere in SanDiego and not find it scenic.

If you are in the Mission Valley area, hook up with the CycloVets.

If you are in No.County, check out the SDBC or Swamis rides. You should have some fun...

Its been a long time for me (SDSU alum), but I get nostalgic.

As has been said, its always a safe bet to ride to the coast, head North until you are about halfway done. Pick one of the million coffee shops available and then come back. If you find yourself in Leucadia, hit up Juanita's for the best fish burritos ever.

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Old 10-28-10, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
Pizza Port in Solano Beach,
My old stomping grounds...

Beer buddies, salad and surf videos!!!!

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If I could only do one ride in San Diego, I'd probably do Del Mar to Oceanside and back.
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If I could only do one ride in San Diego, I'd probably do Del Mar to Oceanside and back.
Yeah, that’s always a winner! Wha, you mean you don’t go just a bit further down to finish your ride on the inside of Torrey Pines?!
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Here's a link to the SoCal Route Repository. (Clicky.)

They're all on Gmaps, and you can get a general idea of the scenery from the satellite view, (and then confirm it with the street view.)

For scenery, it's pretty tough to beat Mount Soledad (clicky). It's steep & rough on the North approach, but easier & smoother coming from the South.

Where exactly are you staying in San Diego? Downtown? North County? Mission Bay? La Jolla?
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I will be all over. But likely staying near Torrey Pines.
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Other than the 101, no matter where you go in SD you'll find hills. Mountains if you go east. Lot's of map my rides to try. GL
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady View Post
I will be all over. But likely staying near Torrey Pines.
Del Dios

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North on PCH (aka Triathlete Central) is the natural choice from Torrey Pines. There are a few routes branching eastward from PCH on the SoCal Route Repository Thread I mentioned before.


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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
North on PCH (aka Triathlete Central) is the natural choice from Torrey Pines. There are a few routes branching eastward from PCH on the SoCal Route Repository Thread I mentioned before.

Every time you post this photo you owe me a beer.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Every time you post this photo you owe me a beer.
You got it. Can you make it to Pizza Port in Carlsbad Village? The one in Solana doesn't have C'bad's variety, and has too many lick-em-stick-em tattooed orthodontists & paralegals dressed up as renegade motorcycle outlaws for my taste.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
too many lick-em-stick-em tattooed orthodontists & paralegals dressed up as renegade motorcycle outlaws for my taste.
Haha, so true!
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
North on PCH (aka Triathlete Central) is the natural choice from Torrey Pines. There are a few routes branching eastward from PCH on the SoCal Route Repository Thread I mentioned before.


This area has cost me at least 10K in last 2 years, I stayed right there at the Hilton by the ocean on 101 in Carlsbad...watching all the cool cyclists I decided to by me one
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Del Dios Highway. Seriously.

Ride N 101 from Torrey Pines and turn right (east) at Lomas Santa Fe. Have fun...
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This area has cost me at least 10K in last 2 years, I stayed right there at the Hilton by the ocean on 101 in Carlsbad...watching all the cool cyclists I decided to by me one
That's awesome. But if you spent that much, maybe you should've shopped around a little more. What kind of cyclist did you end up buying?
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What kind of terrain and distances are you looking for? There's lots of rides we can recommend. Want to cruise? Want to suffer? Want to see pretty stuff? Want to descend like a madman?
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What kind of terrain and distances are you looking for? There's lots of rides we can recommend. Want to cruise? Want to suffer? Want to see pretty stuff? Want to descend like a madman?
Yes.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Del Dios Highway. Seriously.

Ride N 101 from Torrey Pines and turn right (east) at Lomas Santa Fe. Have fun...
Yes. Then head back to the coast through Elfin Forest.

Or start in Bonsall, do W. Lilac, Couser and Rice Canyons to Rainbow, up to Temecula and back through De Luz Cyn.
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This is a timely thread for me! I lived in Pacific Beach 1994-1997 and am heading back to SD for a short break soon. I know some nice places to ride, but am not sure the best way to get North from the Rosecrans / North Harbor Drive area. Is Nimitz / Ingraham likely to be the best options?
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Yes. Then head back to the coast through Elfin Forest.

Or start in Bonsall, do W. Lilac, Couser and Rice Canyons to Rainbow, up to Temecula and back through De Luz Cyn.
+1 De Luz
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Originally Posted by roshea View Post
This is a timely thread for me! I lived in Pacific Beach 1994-1997 and am heading back to SD for a short break soon. I know some nice places to ride, but am not sure the best way to get North from the Rosecrans / North Harbor Drive area. Is Nimitz / Ingraham likely to be the best options?
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yes.
Thanks - looking forward to visiting the old neighborhood!
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