San Diego – Road Bike Rental – Oceanside – Lilac – San Elijo

95 km - 1,113 m / 59 mi - 3,650 ft - Weekend Rides - Saturday - Sunday

  • Region Americas
  • Country United States
  • City San Diego
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Ride Description

Ride Description

A great variety of scenery and terrain await you on this loop through the northern San Diego countryside. Beginning in the beachside town on Encinitas, we ride north on Pacific Coast Highway along the water through Carlsbad and up to Oceanside.

Heading east, we have a nice flat 11km stretch on the San Luis Rey River trail, a dedicated bike and pedestrian path. At the end of the path, we quickly enter one of the remote agricultural areas of the county and into the rolling hills to Lilac Road. This is a beautiful gradual (mostly 3-5%) 3km climb with great views of the valleys surrounding the area. Continuing on to Old Highway 395, we head mostly south towards Escondido and a long drag up to Deer Springs Road where we can re-fuel.

A nice long descent brings us to the challenging climb over San Elijo Hills. This 3km climb starts pretty mellow and then quickly goes to a steady 9-10% for the second half. Another high point at the top provides great views. If you want a little more, we can continue up the short, but very steep road to Double Peak for awesome views from one of the highest points in the area. Dropping down, we begin the last leg back to Encinitas with 2 shorter climbs back to the coast and our finish. Get your climbing in on your trip with this nice 95km loop.

Beautiful views, a mix of terrain, are key to all the San Diego rides – Torrey Pines and Elfin Forest are no exception.

Ride Map and Profile

Length: 95 km / 59 mi
Altitude: 1,113 m / 3,650 ft
Difficulty: Cat 2 - Difficult

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Ride Details

Booking PriceUS $0.00
Departure Day/s Saturday - Sunday,
Departure Time Arrive 8:00 am - Ride 8:30 am - Return 12:30 am - Cafe
Duration 3 hrs 45 min ride time
Departure Location Rides start in Encinitas - a 20 min taxi from north of downtown San Diego or a 40 minute train ride on The Coaster. Full location departure details will be included in your ride confirmation email.
Included Quality road bike, pre-fitted to your rider profile, helmet, experienced & fully insured local Ride Leader.
Excluded Transport to and from ride departure point, shoes, pedals, water bottle, ride kit, food and drinks.
What to bring Cycling shoes, pedals, cycling kit.
Need to know After you book and pay for this ride, you should complete your rider profile to include your bike measurements. You will also receive a detailed ride confirmation email including specific location details, instructions and checklist.
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Ride Leaders

Todd – San Diego

Todd began cycling while growing up in Minnesota, and since moving to California over 20 years ago, he has done all types of riding and competitive racing, including road, mountain, triathlon, cyclocross, gravel adventures, and bike path cruising. Over the past few years, he has travelled to Europe for cycling vacations in Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Slovenia, including a few Giro and Tour stages in the mountains. After guiding rides for GCR in San Francisco he is now a San Diego local and he loves exploring the incredible local rides. When he's not on his bike, he enjoys exploring new places with good coffee, great food, fine wine, and craft beer.
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Bike Rental

San Diego Road Bike Rental includes one of the following bikes.

Felt Z5

ZW5 Road Bikes

S-Works Tarmac Road Bikes

NOTE: Multiple spaces are available on GCR rides, but due to your specific profile and bike sizing requirements, bookings can only be made individually.


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Selected ride date - January 20, 2018

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