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Old 11-19-17, 11:35 PM
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Seeking intel: Road routes in La Jolla

Howdy all. First visit to La Jolla for Thanksgiving this year. Bringing the road bike as an escape from the folks, and to burn off the feast.

Seeking some 25-50 miles road routes with hills (I'm a pain tourist), starting and finishing in the village (downtown La Jolla?)

Been searching on https://ridewithgps.com/find#search/...%5Bsort_by%5D=, and found some ideas, but wanted to see what local intel anyone could share. Thanks in advance.

Edit: I have not cycled in San Diego, and am generally unfamiliar with it. I'll be in town for 3 days. I'm envisioning blasting off in the morning before everyone wakes up to ride for 1-2 hours.

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Old 11-20-17, 04:19 AM
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first off...how long are you in town for?

secondly, if you are going to be based in la jolla (or very very close), la jolla will be your best, closest challenge.

thirdly, have you been to san diego before with the bike? have you ridden up and into cabrillo national monument (from la jolla-20+ miles)?
downtown waterfront and balboa park (from la jolla-30 miles)?
up the coast to the oceanside pier and back (from la jolla-50 miles)? none are super challenging but all are must-do's visually for visiting san diego.

you can stay in the la jolla area and crush hills like country club dr, hillside dr, nautilus rd, cardeno dr, la jolla scenic drive, via capri (ouch), soledad mtn rd,
lamont st, and la jolla mesa dr. they all have 6% grades or more with some (via capri esp) having ramps of 9%+.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga

you can stay in the la jolla area and crush hills like country club dr, hillside dr, nautilus rd, cardeno dr, la jolla scenic drive, via capri (ouch), soledad mtn rd,
lamont st, and la jolla mesa dr. they all have 6% grades or more with some (via capri esp) having ramps of 9%+.
Good to know. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by NWrighteous
Howdy all. First visit to La Jolla for Thanksgiving this year. Bringing the road bike as an escape from the folks, and to burn off the feast.

Seeking some 25-50 miles road routes with hills (I'm a pain tourist), starting and finishing in the village (downtown La Jolla?)

Been searching on https://ridewithgps.com/find#search/...%5Bsort_by%5D=, and found some ideas, but wanted to see what local intel anyone could share. Thanks in advance.



Edit: I have not cycled in San Diego, and am generally unfamiliar with it. I'll be in town for 3 days. I'm envisioning blasting off in the morning before everyone wakes up to ride for 1-2 hours.
More than 2 hours on link below but you can amend as you wish. Via Capri never disappoints view from the top is more than spectacular La Jolla to UCSD via Torrey Pines Rd is a have to do as well as the Torrey Pines climb from Del Mar to UCSD Lots of approaches to Mt Soledad Ride along the coast between La Jolla and PB would be flat but in my opinion a must do

This should hurt

Link here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26517689
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Originally Posted by Gallo

This should hurt

Link here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26517689
Yes. Thank you! You get me!
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A ride around San Diego bay would probably be 60 miles from La Jolla. Ride down the east side of the bay, then up to Coronado, then take the ferry ($5) across to San Diego, then back to La Jolla. No hills but some nice scenery on half of it.

Google "Coronado ferry" to check their hours over the holidays.
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Originally Posted by NWrighteous
Yes. Thank you! You get me!
If you ride Torrey pines grade (which you should), take the inside path for the scenic views of the ocean and more of a work out.
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Originally Posted by Popeyecahn
If you ride Torrey pines grade (which you should), take the inside path for the scenic views of the ocean and more of a work out.
La Jolla Shores Dr.?
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Originally Posted by tyrion
La Jolla Shores Dr.?
Oh no, North Torrey Pines Road between the state beach and the golf course. He could take the turn at UCSD from NTP Rd onto LJ Shores and drop down past SIO and head into LJ that way...

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Originally Posted by Popeyecahn
Oh no, North Torrey Pines Road between the state beach and the golf course. He could take the turn at UCSD from NTP Rd onto LJ Shores and drop down past SIO and head into LJ that way...
The inside route is the one if you were a car and are willing to pay for a spot and wanted to park at the beach you enter there The climb is a switchback and does have better views but the you have to ride that horrible path between the State Park and the driving range to get out. You can climb the inside but cannot descend per par rules. It is the original road actually and the museum at the top was a restaurant at one time. I am not sure it is harder it is steeper and shorter but the outside or normal road gets my attention a bit more. Perhaps it is mental but I find the outside harder even though on paper it is not. The view is for sure better by a long shot on the inside route
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Take PCH south to Carlsbad Village and back. (Disappointed in you fellows for not recommending this already. Dude's coming from Chicago, so PCH will be plenty hilly for him.)
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Take PCH south to Carlsbad Village and back. (Disappointed in you fellows for not recommending this already. Dude's coming from Chicago, so PCH will be plenty hilly for him.)
Right on. 'Preciate it. I'm looking to do 2 or 3 rides, so I'll keep this in mind.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Take PCH south to Carlsbad Village and back. (Disappointed in you fellows for not recommending this already. Dude's coming from Chicago, so PCH will be plenty hilly for him.)
post #2. it's my #1 recommendation for those coming to sd for the first time or if they haven't ridden it before.
waves. cliffs. beer. blondes. bike paths. scenery. chill. surfboards in the bike lane. tacos. pizza. donuts. coffee.
it's difficult to get lost on the coast but then again, some people don't have a sense of direction. i feel, calamarichris,
between you and i, we try to steer people in the best/right direction when they're visiting san diego co.

dude sounded like he wanted the pain...i tried to feature the climbs of la jolla. la jolla climbs are sweet but you've got
to venture both south to cabrillo natl monument or north to carlsbad/o-side/camp p to cover the essential sd vibe.

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Originally Posted by Gallo
The inside route is the one if you were a car and are willing to pay for a spot and wanted to park at the beach you enter there The climb is a switchback and does have better views but the you have to ride that horrible path between the State Park and the driving range to get out. You can climb the inside but cannot descend per par rules. It is the original road actually and the museum at the top was a restaurant at one time. I am not sure it is harder it is steeper and shorter but the outside or normal road gets my attention a bit more. Perhaps it is mental but I find the outside harder even though on paper it is not. The view is for sure better by a long shot on the inside route
they are both a pita. the inside track def has the better view but has those ramps. the outside is about 1.6
miles at the same consistent grade. some riders prefer the punchy and others prefer the consistent. to each
their own. both are a must-do.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga
post #2. it's my #1 recommendation for those coming to sd for the first time or if they haven't ridden it before.
waves. cliffs. beer. blondes. bike paths. scenery. chill. surfboards in the bike lane. tacos. pizza. donuts. coffee.
it's difficult to get lost on the coast but then again, some people don't have a sense of direction. i feel, calamarichris,
between you and i, we try to steer people in the best/right direction when they're visiting san diego co.

dude sounded like he wanted the pain...i tried to feature the climbs of la jolla. la jolla climbs are sweet but you've got
to venture both south to cabrillo natl monument or north to carlsbad/o-side/camp p to cover the essential sd vibe.
Ah, I see it now. Sorry Boogeyman.
See you out there.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Ah, I see it now. Sorry Boogeyman.
See you out there.
hopefully. I haven't made it up to
c-bad in two months or so.
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This morning, did this painful thing to sweat the whiskey out:

https://www.strava.com/activities/1287496604
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/19210576
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nice coastal ride with some challenges.
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Originally Posted by NWrighteous
This morning, did this painful thing to sweat the whiskey out:

https://www.strava.com/activities/1287496604
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/19210576

Nice tour, I bet it was pretty warm as well, so the aqua vitae should have been thoroughly sweated out lol.

Yeah, some wave many don't nothing personal, I only acknowledge others if I sense they are looking my way. In the south, every one waves at everyone (well in cars anyways).

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Originally Posted by Popeyecahn
Nice tour, it was pretty warm as well, so the aqua vitae should have been thoroughly sweated out lol.

Yeah, some wave many don't nothing personal, I only acknowledge others if I sense they are looking my way. In the south, every one waves at everyone (well in cars anyways).
Thanks! Yeah, I don't take it personally. Sort of an inside joke with myself. I follow Outside is Fred, and his slogan is "don't forget to wave!" With all the descending and climbing on this ride, I didn't expect people to take a hand off the hoods.
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