Friday, July 25, 2014

Bastille Day Ride review

Bastille Day- French National Day- is akin to our Independence Day. It is in remembrance of the storming of the Bastille, a prison-fortress that also held political prisoners and ammunitions. Shortly after the storming of the Bastille, feudalism was abolished and The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen was passed - It became the basis for a nation of free individuals protected equally by law. We, at the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition further interpreted to mean everyone had the natural right to enjoy the buttery deliciousness of French pastries.

Laissez-les manger des croissants!

Cycle Quest in Sorrento Valley offered to host our Bastille Day Ride. We chose to ride to Darshan Bakery in Encinitas. We rode 12 miles, indulged in some French pastries, and then rode back.  Sharon of Cycle Quest provided a nice pre-ride spread of fruit, madeleines, and baguette. The Sunday morning ride was quiet from the start but soon became busy with other cyclists and cars along the 101. One rider suggested that we return using a different route, utilizing back roads rather than relying on the Rt. 101. We all agreed that would be a great alternative. 

The 25 mile was at a social pace and riders introduced themselves to each other and even discussed bicycle safety.  A puncture near the end of the ride provided the perfect opportunity for a photograph to document the riders.
We hope to make this an annual event, maybe to a different French bakery each year. Suggestions?

 Ride to Darshan Bakery in Encinitas

Bike ride back to Cycle Quest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Bike In Movie at the Pearl

Bike In Movie PDF
The Pearl loves showing movies in their chic space, which allows viewers to watch a movie in the comfort of a pool. They also are friends with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, offering a discount for cyclists on the last Sundays of the month.

Pedal over to the Pearl for a free movie under the stars.
The event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co., with beer sales benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
++++++Bike valet++++++++
Seating is limited- Dinner reservations recommended –
RSVP to guarantee your spot! ~
Thursday August 7, 2014.
6pm Meet up,
6:30pm Bike ride
8-10:30pm Movie- The Three Amigos!
The Pearl Hotel- 1410 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bastille Day Ride this weekend July 13th

July 5th was the start of this year’s Tour de France. Sure we are not in France, eating baguettes au Brie and donning berets, watching racers. . . .racing. Well here in San Diego, we can ride to a French café and oh la la even ride French bicycles if we have them! We are planning a Bastille Day(weekend) bicycle ride up the 101 to Encinitas from Sorrento Valley to those that want to speak with a French accent and binge on pastries.

This Sunday- July 13th!

We are meeting at Cycle Quest, who have graciously offered parking, water, air and a restroom! Cycle Quest is also conveniently located across the street from the Sorrento Valley train station for riders arriving by train.

We will ride up the Rt.101 up to Darshan Bakery for fine pasteries and a coffee and we then ride back to Sorrento Valley. We should be back in time to watch some of the World Cup Final. What is more French than that? Je ne sais pas?!

Casual pace, about 13 miles each way, and one big climb each way, so come prepared with a couple gears, and a good attitude. Unlike the Tour de France, this is not a race. We should be back by noon.

(yes, we know Bastille Day is July 14th, but that is a Monday and I have to work, je suis désolé, France)

REQUIRED ITEMS FOR BASTILLE RIDE(in addition to your bike!):
Bike helmet
water bottles
Patch kit or Spare tube
Money for Bakery- It is $CASH$ Only at Darshan Bakery

More information on the Meetup and Facebook.

Ride profile from Sorrento Valley to Encinitas(one way)



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Robert's Mini Bike Book Review- Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, adn the FIght to be the World's Fastest Human Being

By Todd Balt

Review by Robert Leone

It's summer in San Diego. While waiting for Tuesday and Friday nights, as well as the occasional Saturday, and the racing at the San Diego Velodrome, fans of brakeless bikes on the track can read about the early days of racing on ovals. It's not only a recounting of great racers and the steel steeds they created and rode, but also a profound meditation on the late nineteenth and early twentieth century emergence of professional sports in the United States and the world. It's also an exploration of the debilitating effects of commonplace racism: Marshall “Major” Taylor wrote that he couldn't compete in some towns because he wasn't, or wouldn't, be allowed to get a good meal there! He and his wife were on board a steamship for an ultimately well-received and successful tour of Australia when the question of that country's own draconian racial entry rules came up. No, not entry into racing venues: Entry into the country!

The author, Todd Balt, does a magnificent job delineating and describing the conditions of bike racing, social mores and prejudices, and even bike design. He notes Taylor's first manager, retired racer Louis “Birdie” Munger, went bust several times in the pursuit of perfection (exemplified by a surviving “Birdie Special,” a startlingly light drop frame bike, suitable for the then-scarce feminine “scorcher”), before his quest for safer motor-pacing through better tires came to the notice of the infant automobile industry. He notes the background of Taylor's nemesis, California-bred Floyd MacFarland, was almost as unlikely in a country still dominated by the settlements of the East Coast and Midwest. He also notes how acute the training wisdom of that long-ago day was in getting peak performance out of endurance athletes, including Taylor's using of an “unclimbable” hill in his adopted home of Worcester, MA for hill repeats. If you're not riding a bike, reading Major is almost as much fun.

USA Today Names San Diego in Ten Best Bike-Friendly Cities

San Diego only California city recognized in national bikeability list

Yesterday USA Today released its list of the ten best cities nationwide for bicycling. San Diego was the only California city mentioned. To read the article, click here

According to the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, the recognition is warmly welcomed but long overdue. “San Diego is making great strides and we’ve got even more on the way to be excited about including CicloSDias, bike share and the regional bike plan,” says Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. 

Major accomplishments from the past year include: 
  • Launching San Diego’s first ever open-streets celebration, CicloSDias
  • SANDAG’s approval of $200-million for a regional bike plan Early Action program 
  • San Diego’s first bike share program with DECOBikes unanimously approved
  • Record number of Bike to Work Day participants in May, 2014
The USA Today article highlights scenic and luxurious bicycle routes in San Diego including the Silver Strand, the ride to Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma and the Pacific Coast Highway route up the coastline and through some of the county’s most beautiful beach towns. 

For more information on bicycle opportunities and developments in San Diego, please visit

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bike the Bay is August 24th, 2014, Register now!

Register early so you won't miss out.  Click on the REGISTER tab above to register on line.
Join the ride and this FUN summer tradition! Bike The Bay supports local bicycling and raises funds for the The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition,,  a non-profit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of ALL people who ride bicycles. 

More information HERE on the the official Website and join us on Facebook for all the up to date news on this awesome event!
Bike The Bay is a fun ride for people of all  levels of riding ability, and features individuals, families, corporate teams and the serious and not so serious bike rider who experience a scenic bayside ride and also enjoy their only opportunity of the year to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The 25-mile route passes through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and finishes at Embarcadero Mariana Park South with a festive celebration with food, entertainment and a New Belgium beer garden. This year’s event will take place on Sunday,  August 24th, 2014 and we hope you, your family and friends can join us!

SDCBC members receive a discount, so please consider joining us to receive this and many other benefits. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Swami's Cycling Club Spotlight

Swami's Cycling Club has just joined 16 other clubs in supporting the SDCBC. Let's take a minute to see what they're all about.

Founded in 1989, Swami’s is one of the most accomplished clubs in Southern California. In 2010 they placed 3rd in the prestigious SoCal cup and won district championships in the Masters 45+ road race and Masters 55+ criterium. Over the years, they have maintained a presence at local races and achieved many top placings, earning them the nickname “the gurus of cycling.”

At their their core, Swami's is a racing club, but they’ve always felt that the club should be open for anyone who loves the sport of cycling., In their own words, “our goal is to encourage and support all riders who want to participate and develop their skills. Everyone is welcome.” 

Swami’s  has member activities that encompass the entire range of road cycling. With racing, long-distance endurance, and recreational fitness rides, they’ve got something to offer road cyclists throughout San Diego.

 If you’re interested in joining, check out their website at , and tell them the SDCBC sent you!