"This is not Disneyland, or Hollywood. I'll give you an example: I've read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France. But you don't fly up a hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else." - Lance Armstrong
Distance: 43.1 mi
Climb: 4000 ft
The Great Western Loop is a popular route in the east county, starting from Rancho San Diego, following Dehesa Rd, Japatul Rd, and Lyons Valley Rd. This one has a lot of climb. We will start in front of Soapy Joes Car Wash in El Cajon (2658 Fury Ln, 92019 - next to Ralphs) at 8:00am with an 8:15 rollout.
Distance: 36.4 mi
Climb: 2300 ft*
Ride the rural and sparsely developed areas of Olivenhain, Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove, and Rancho Santa Fe. Enjoy the challenge of the rolling hills of Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest. See the view from the overlook of Lake Hodges Dam. Enjoy the downhill cruise into Rancho Santa Fe and the coffee stop in the Village.
Distance: 32.8 mi
Climb: 1331 ft
This ride starts at Mission Bay and goes through Rose Canyon and up to UCSD. After climbing Gillman Drive, we cross the campus and make our way to the top of Torrey Pines Road. We ride back down La Jolla Scenic Drive through Bird Rock and Pacific Beach along the coast then back to Mission Bay.
Distance: 39 mi
Climb: 1950 ft*
This one is a little familiar and a little different. From Pepper Park in Chula Vista we take a familiar route south toward the border before reaching San Diego and turning east on Coronado. Next, we pass by hidden trails and a brown field before turning north for a tour of ranches. Once we hit sunnyside up on the pretty road, we go west to the beautiful plaza. Finally, we catch sweetwater and go with the flow back to the start.
Distance: 32.5 mi
Climb: 1000 ft
Starting at Santee's West Hills Park just east of the 52 on Mast Blvd, we go south to Prospect and around Gillespie Field to Vernon. We turn north on Winter Gardens to Lindo Lake and continue to San Vicente Reservoir. Next, we ride southwest through Lakeside to Mast Blvd and then over for an easy ride through Santee Lakes before returning to the start.
Distance: 31.5 mi
Climb: 2150 ft
Starting at Arbolitos Sports Fields near the corner of Pomerado Rd and Ted Williams Parkway, we head north on Pomeardo Road toward Lake Hodges. After crossing over I-15 at Lake Hodges we head back south into the Westwood section of Rancho Bernardo. At Rancho Bernardo Road, we turn west through 4S ranch then out Camino del Norte and Camino del Sur to Carmel Valley Road. Near the top of the hill there's a small park, where everyone can get a breather before heading back through 4S ranch on our way to Carmel Mountain Road. After a coffee break in Carmel Mountain Ranch, we continue south on Sabre Springs on our way to Poway Road then back east to Pomerado Road and Arbolitos Park.
Distance: 31 mi
Climb: 1643 ft
A scenic and challenging back country ride starting at Dos Picos Park in Ramona. After we make our way around the southwestern end of Ramona we climb the Old Julian Highway to the junction with Highway 78. Then a swift downhill return to stop for coffee at Packards in downtown Ramona.
Distance: 30 mi
Climb: 1275 ft*
Start from the Old Town Trolley station, head out to Ocean Beach, Point Loma, around Liberty Station, Harbor Drive and then up to Balboa Park. After a loop around the park, we proceed through North Park and Mission Hills to Presidio Park, returning to the trolley station.
Distance: 36.3 mi
Climb: 638 ft
Get out your hurricane glasses and tiny umbrellas, it's time to go island hopping. From Old Town we go north to circumnavigate Fiesta Island. Next, we travel around the vast maritime expanse known as Mission Bay and head down to our second destination, Shelter Island. After a quick layover we take flight to Harbor Island before once again navigating the Pacific (highway) and concluding our adventure.
Distance 37.2 mi
Climb: 1345 ft
Starting at the Poinsettia Train Station on Avenida Encinas in Carlsbad, ride north past Carlsbad State Beach, into Oceanside. In Oceanside enter the San Luis Rey River bike path and ride east to Santa Fe Ave and then turn south. After a brief coffee stop in San Marcos we head west back to the start.
Distance 32.8 mi
Climb: 1741 ft
Starting from Stratford Court in Del Mar, we ride over to El Camino Real then head North, through Rancho Santa Fe and Olivenhain, then west to Carlsbad and back south to Del Mar.
Distance: 33 mi
Climb: 1535 ft*
Beginning at the Sabre Springs Transit Station we go west on the 56 bike path and continue through Carmel Valley to Sorrento Valley. From there we climb to take a loop through Carmel Country Highlands and Del Mar Mesa. Next, we cross to the north side of the highway 56 and head toward Black Mountain before heading east on the bike path to return to the start.
Distance: 32.1 mi
Climb: 1690 ft*
Starting in Del Cerro, we ride north and then east past Mission Trails park out through Bostonia, Granite Hills, and east to Lake Jennings Park. We return through Lakeside and Santee along Prospect Ave and Gillespie Field. The climb up Fanita Drive is challenging, topping out by Grossmont College. We again pass Mission Trails Park and return to where we started.