Get ready for some challenging East County climbs this week as we continue to build on our base routes, adding elevation and distance. Week 5 takes us east through Elfin Forest, and then north from the outskirts of Escondido to tackle the climbs on Jesmond Dene and Circle R.
59 miles, 4159′
We will gather afterward inside Gelson’s for snacks and beverages… did you know Gelson’s is one of our sponsors, AND boasts a bar and Peet’s inside? Come see how fun you didn’t know hanging out in a grocery store was.
PLEASE BE PREPARED WITH THE ROUTE. If you do not have a navigational-compatible garmin, print the route from Ride with GPS.
Here’s the question on everyone’s mind: How fast is this ride?
Here’s my answer: It’s as fast or slow as you want it to be. In the past, we have had a mix of very fast riders, along with newer riders, and mostly people in between. Somehow, this works – I always look forward to these rides as my favorite of the year. The plan is to stick together for the first 5-7 miles or so, and then allow those that are looking for a faster workout to break off. Smaller groups form, and people will look out for each other. But also be prepared to take care of yourself if need be: be prepared with the route, flat fixing gear, and nutrition. The plan is to have at least one sweeper, potentially more.
The routes will increase by about 5 miles each week, with some ‘off’ weeks for the October and November social rides. The remaining schedule:
10/21 – 60-65 miles
10/28 – 65-70 miles
11/4 – Swami’s Monthly Social (rest)
11/11 – 70-75 miles
11/18 – 75-80 miles
11/25 – break
12/2 – Swamdo Event
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The previous routes are listed here in case you are joining us later in the process or feel like you would prefer a shorter route Sunday.
51.5 miles, 3460′
47.2 miles, 3304′
41.3 miles, 3200′
36 miles, 2300′