San Diego is one of the best cities I’ve seen that supports cyclists. It’s a very bike friendly city. Sure there are roads and places you run into that aren’t very welcoming to a roadie but in all I would have to give a big thumbs up for SD. What I’ve also noticed is quite a few local cycling clubs here as well. This is due in part to the great year round weather we have here. It only goes to show that there would be a large amount of clubs here with the vast amount of cyclists on the road.
One of the clubs that I’ve rode with quite a bit is SDBC (San Diego Bicycle Club). They’re a Non-profit group that actually prepares riders for entry level races but also provides great developmental riding as well. They provide a weekly ride on Sat. and Sun. to help develop riding skills within a peloton (group). They break down the groups by your personal skill level. You choose what skill level you’re in and decide where to put yourself. They have 5 development groups before you jump up to the “race” ready groups. A good place to start is D-3 which is right in the middle (D stands for development). The D-3 ride lasts about 36 miles and rides through Sorrento Valley and ends up coming up Torrey Pines back to the start in La Jolla. It’s a nice beginners ride. The last time I rode with them which was back in Sep 09 I was in the D-1 group which is basically the same route as the D-3’s but you add an extra 10 miles and up the tempo.
I’ve missed riding in a group. The thrill of the chase. The fast pace lines. Being able to draft and of course fighting for position. It can be a little more dangerous at times though. You sometimes have inexperienced riders mixed in and it can cause you to be on your toes a bit more. A little nerve racking. I’ve only witnessed one crash and it was completely one persons fault due to not paying attention on a turn and he flipped up over the curb. He bounced fine though! I’m going to add in an SDBC ride this weekend, maybe see where I land in the D-1’s. Hopefully this year I can attempt jumping up to the B group. All I can say is fast, real fast.
“Clown Falls Hurt”