Start Location: NW corner of La Costa and El Camino Real, Carlsbad
This pre-work leg burner is also known as the Gene Kelley Ride for its founder who, in the early days, was hard pressed to find anyone to join him for dawn patrol. Now Gene has plenty of company as word has spread about this short (22 miles) but intense workout.
The ride departs on time from the NW corner of La Costa and El Camino (No one is in the mood to dilly dally in the morning chill). The tempo is brisk out La Costa, and then north up Coast Highway to downtown Carlsbad. There is a brief respite as the ride snakes its way east through Carlsbad and alongside the Buena Vista Lagoon. But after the lagoon, the ride turns south and the fun begins. There are several hills and four uphill sprints packed into the last eight miles of the ride as it winds south along El Camino, Cannon, Faraday, College, Aviara, and Poinsettia. Mercifully, the last mile is downhill along El Camino and into the Vons shopping center for coffee at La Costa Coffee.
The A Group’s fast and furious pace isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so B Group lets the front group roll off, then starts a minute or two later. The intent of the B Ride is to maintain a moderately fast tempo while focusing on riding a smooth paceline (rather than beating the crap out of each other).
Lights are recommended for more visibility in the cold, dark winter mornings.
Typical Mileage: 22 miles (view route)