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San Diego County — My way or the Poway!

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San Diego County — My way or the Poway!

Bike Touring Collection by Alison Tetrick



36:01 h

472 mi

33,000 ft

When you think of San Diego, you might just think of beaches and fish tacos, but let me show you the best riding in San Diego County.

From group rides to races like the Belgian Waffle Ride to climbing up to Julian, there is something in here for everyone. There is some gravel for sure, but it all can be ridden easily on a road bike.

Apple cider, pies, mountains, and some good weather makes this Collection superb. Get off the coast of San Diego and head to the hills!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Climbing to Julian for pie — San Diego County rides

    87.6 mi
    16.3 mph
    6,650 ft
    6,700 ft

    This is a San Diego North County MUST!


    We went climbed out of Poway to Ramona and then climbed further on the Old Julian Highway. This road is great and the gradients are gentle. You even see some camels out there.


    After getting to San Ysabel, we climbed up to Downtown Julian to get pie and cider! Yum

    by Alison Tetrick

  • 01:49
    15.2 mi
    8.4 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft

    Get ready to add a slice of cheese to your day! My guy grew up in Poway, so he took me on a Tour of Old Town Poway so I could see his schools, where he was born, and where he worked.


    Yes, it really was the Hamburger Factory. We danced in the gazebo in Old Poway Park. That is remarkably more difficult

    by Alison Tetrick

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  • 04:14
    55.4 mi
    13.1 mph
    3,725 ft
    3,750 ft

    On this Tour I was just testing my legs in Poway to see some of the Belgian Waffle Ride roads without racing, and checking out new roads to ride too.


    This was a great lap of solid endurance road miles. There isn't anything flat out there, I will tell you!

    by Alison Tetrick

  • 11:39
    135 mi
    11.6 mph
    9,750 ft
    9,750 ft

    Created as an extremely challenging race in the spirit of the great one-day European Spring Classics, the Belgian Waffle Ride is an unusually difficult race.


    The BWR is a modern, irreverent 217 km race over dirt, gravel, singletrack, steep bergs, long climbs, creek crossings, and unrelenting headwinds

    by Alison Tetrick

  • 07:03
    91.1 mi
    12.9 mph
    9,400 ft
    9,375 ft

    There are so many ways up Palomar! This day, we decided to conquer the East Grade. It is a little less steep but longer in duration. This is a great ride, and no matter how you climb Palomar, you will enjoy it!

    by Alison Tetrick

  • 05:52
    87.5 mi
    14.9 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,750 ft

    I completed this group ride, organized by the Swami's Cycling Club. It was a fast race ride but super cool to be able to ride through Camp Pendleton.


    Camp Pendleton is a Marine Base and you need a sponsor or a DOD pass to get on it, but it is bike friendly and incredible.


    The pass isn't difficult to do

    by Alison Tetrick

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    472 mi
  • Duration
    36:01 h
  • Elevation
    33,000 ft

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