Beginning in south Carlsbad, this classic Gene Kelley route starts north along the coast, then heads inland for some short climbing challenges. For this ride, the coast portion is conducted as a double paceline (2×2), but is not a circular our rotating paceline like done on the B group. When the pair on the front are done with pulling the group they will rotate off, allowing the next pair to move up and pull the group. If you don’t don’t want to pull at all, just stay at the back of the group and allow people to shuffle through rotations in front of you. No one will fault you for it. The ride regroups at the end of Carlsbad Village Drive after turning right onto College, and after turning right off Faraday Avenue onto College.
This ride is conducted at a Swami’s C group speed: approximately 18-22 mph on flat ground, with overall averages in the 16-18 mph range. Suggested for Team Fun Riders comfortable with the fastest Team Fun Group, or those in the front of the D group (women’s intermediate group) looking for a challenge. The route is the same each week. I suggest familiarizing yourself with the route and having it handy in case you get separated from the group.
22 miles, 1831′
For riders who ride at the front of the C group (advanced women’s group) and are experienced with rotating pacelines, you may want to try the Swami’s B group, which is the second group to leave.
Order of rides:
A (Pro & race pace ride) leaves at 6:30. This is one of the fastest rides around.
B (Race/Fast paced ride) leaves shortly after around 6:32. This is probably also one of the faster rides around, but doable for experienced riders (averages 18+ overall on a hilly route).
Swami’s C leaves shortly after B, around 6:33. This is a great tempo/interval workout and would be considered an advanced women’s ride.
Social: Meet at La Costa Coffee afterward for coffee with the group.