Start Location: Nytro Multisport (940 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024)
This is the signature World Famous Swami’s Saturday Ride. Although it sometimes will take a different route, more often than not, the ride follows the traditional route through the Elfin Forest to Escondido then back along Del Dios and through Rancho Santa Fe to the coast returning to RIDE (total distance 38 miles). This route is over undulating terrain with roads open to vehicular and other traffic.
The World Famous Swami’s Saturday ride rolls out at a casual warm up pace from Nytro rolling north to La Costa Ave. The pace picks up after the then to south on El Camino Real to Levante Street. There are a few short sprints throughout the ride and the pace picks up after the warm-up along the coast.
Which Ride is best for you?
The A Ride – Is the fast and hard ride, and it will get faster and harder as racing season progresses. Is this ride right for you? Consider this before you slot in for the A Ride. If you can comfortably finish (at the church) at the Front of the B ride AND take your fair share of pulls at the front of the B ride then you get to ride the A ride. Also if you got any hardware (medals) from States, Nationals, Olympics, Worlds (that you won legit, i.e. not winning the hardware on bidding on ebay), and or make your living riding a bike really fast you get to do the A ride. You get the idea…
The B Ride – Is still a fast, hard ride but in contrast it is more about what you make of the ride. If you ride at the front and take your share of the pulls through Elfin Forest, it will be a seriously hard and fast ride. If you cant quite hang on to the riders on the front or just want to ride a little slower then you will ride with other B riders and everyone will re-group at the chruch. So if you’re “reconnecting” with your bike fitness, or you want to ride at a pace less than full on OMG this hurts…race pace, the B ride is for you.
Regardless if you do the A ride or the B ride please remember to ride two by two wherever possible, which means don’t ride 3 or 4 wide on the road, be respectful to other motorists and pedestrians you encounter on the road. Thanks!
Why two rides?
Having two rides helps even out the gaps between rider fitness levels and gives each group a little more elbow room on the road.
Typical Mileage: Nytro – Elfin – Del Dios – Nytro: 40 miles (view Route)
Swami’s Saturday Ride Fun
Episode 3 from Swami Daniel Garcia’s SoCal Cycling YouTube channel. The first half of the episode features the World Famous Swami’s Saturday Ride.