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Vuelta a Puerto Rico

Old 11-02-10, 06:07 PM
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Vuelta a Puerto Rico

A local told me about it this past weekend and was trying to get me to go. It is at the end of January, which seems like a great time for it given the location. thinking of coming down with the family, but concerned about how they will get around going from location to location. Putting my wife in a car in Puerto Rico would be the equivalent of putting Stevie Wonder in a F1 car in the streets of Italy

Has anyone here done it before? What was the organization like? If you brought family, how did you arrange for them to go from location to location? Rent a car?
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I've never done the Vuelta de Puerto Rico but having been there lots of times I would recommend renting a car; it's a small island with nothing in the way of good public transportation. Driving around is a great experience but the drivers there are shall we say "lively". I've ridden my bike there as well and there's definitely riders out there which I was happy to see but a lot of the smaller roads are very narrow with lots of curves that create a lot of blind spots for the "lively" motorists. I have a few friends who went on the Vuelta and enjoyed it.
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Im about to pay for this!! i live in Old San Juan. Maybe ill get to know forumites!! Rent a car, you'll blend right in. This event is super well organized, and has great history. I'm bringing my wife and baby with me, not sure how they handle the event, need to plan. will participate, but the rides are during daylight so we should be able to spend time with them. Ponce's got pretty nice accommodations and so does San Juan (very rich history, for example your family could visit Hacienda Buena Vista in Ponce, super fun and educative).

I cycle on many parts of "la vuelta" routes, and its a privilege. the routes should be pretty hard core, but we can handle, training is the key.

...have to go dudes...but im very excited to see interest!
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I signed up for this ride about a month ago. This will be my first time doing this event. I was born on the island but live in Washington state now. For me, training for this alone, through winter, in the Pacific Northwest is the most challenging part. Just hope I can get in enough saddle time...

The people in Puerto Rico are very friendly, but driving in Puerto Rico is not for the timid. This is especially true if you're on the highways and deep in the bigger cities. I would compare it to driving in the big cities in the U.S. Not quite as crazy as NY, LA, or Miami, but you're not out in the country either. You most definitely have to be alert. The driving there tends to be more aggressive than passive.

I'm going with my wife, who's never been to the island. We're renting a car and she's going to drive to the different hotels along the route. After the Vuelta, we're sticking around for an extra week or so on vacation.

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Originally Posted by neneboricua View Post
I signed up for this ride about a month ago. This will be my first time doing this event. I was born on the island but live in Washington state now. For me, training for this alone, through winter, in the Pacific Northwest is the most challenging part. Just hope I can get in enough saddle time...

The people in Puerto Rico are very friendly, but driving in Puerto Rico is not for the timid. This is especially true if you're on the highways and deep in the bigger cities. I would compare it to driving in the big cities in the U.S. Not quite as crazy as NY, LA, or Miami, but you're not out in the country either. You most definitely have to be alert. The driving there tends to be more aggressive than passive.

I'm going with my wife, who's never been to the island. We're renting a car and she's going to drive to the different hotels along the route. After the Vuelta, we're sticking around for an extra week or so on vacation.

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That is pretty tame then. Thanks and best of luck with your "training".
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Puerto Rico yo nunca dejare de amarte! Wepah!
Go to Puerto Rico!
Fall in love!

I have a house on the beach out there!
Frickin' beautiful riding!

And now, Mountain Biking has been taking off big-time in the past few years!

Whoever goes, send pictures! Mucho pictures!
I'm going in February, but to actually do work on my
crib there which is at the other end of that beautiful beach.

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2nd Gear!! im so pummped up!!

Neneboricua!! hope to see you there!!
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If wasn't too crazy for car driving. This was 1998 when I went. I think Miami is worse. Your wife can handle it.
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