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Bike San Diego: Day 3 - Rancho Santa Fe - del Dios - Elfin Forest
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Come join us for warm, sunny and hilly Free Group Rides in San Diego. Experience the beautiful Pacific coast, inland desert mountains, Rancho Santa Fe, and the enchanting Elfin Forest. You are not required to ride each day. Today’s route takes us through Rancho Santa Fe, del Dios along Lake Hodges, Elfin Forest, and we return along a spectacular part of the Pacific Coast. The ride is 46 miles long and had a total elevation gain of 3100 feet. We'll ride at moderate pace typically at 15-16 mph when on flat terrain, self-pace while riding up hills, and regroup at the top of hills. There are restrooms at Fletcher Park in Solana Beach where we meet to start the ride. Parking is available on South Sierra Avenue immediately south of Fletcher Park. Be certain to bring your own nutrition to eat at our brief stops along the way. Please print a cue sheet from the link if you use one. Be certain to bring spare tubes and equipment to fix a flat if needed.
This ride is available as a RIDE LEADER MENTORING OPPORTUNITY.
Weather: It generally is sunny and dry in San Diego during February. The historical high/low temperature in late February is 65/55. In the rare event of rain, the ride leader will not be at the ride start should weather meet the definition for cancellation (showers). Ride cancellation will be announced in the Comments Section at least two (2) hours prior to the ride start.
Local hotels: This ride is day 3 of 3 sequential Free Group Rides, two of which start on South Sierra Ave, Solana Beach, CA. Some motels close to there include:
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Solana Beach-Del Mar, 621 Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075. (858) 350-0111.
- Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, 717 Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075. (858) 792-8200.
- There are many other motels in Cardiff by the Sea and Del Mar, which are 2-3 miles north and south of Solana Beach, respectively.
Local transportation: The day 2 and 3 rides start on South Sierra St, Solana Beach, CA. The day 1 ride starts 35 miles from Solana Beach. We encourage carpooling with rental of vehicles like a minivan that can transport bicycles.
Bicycle: Consider shipping your bike. One option is Bikeflight (https://www.bikeflights.com/ship). The local bike shops open at 10am and close at 6pm in the winter. If you wish to rent a bike locally you’ll need to arrive early enough the day before to get from the airport (25 miles) and get fit before they close. Local bike rental is ~$50/day and good climbing bikes are available. Some very reliable bike stores close to Solana Beach include:
- Trek Superstore (http://www.trekbicyclesuperstore.com/)
- Revolution (http://revolutionbikeshop.com/)
- Ride Encinitas (https://www.ridecyclery.com/). This shop is in Encinitas, about 5 miles north of Solana Beach.