Day 1: Warm-up ride – 20 mi or more
Upon arrival at our hotel located in Downtown San Diego build your bike and take a warm up ride to stretch the legs. Evening, we will talk about the tour and pass out maps. Dinner will be in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp District.
Day 2: Ride from the Beach to the mountains – 60 mi
After breakfast enjoy a picturesque ferry ride across San Diego’s Harbor to the Island of Coronado. We will start out by taking an easy spin past the Famous Hotel Del Coronado and then along the white sand beach of the Silver Strand State Beach. Next we will Pass The Olympic Training Center and head up into the mountains finishing in Alpine.
Day 3: Great Western loop – 40 mi
There is no packing up today as we will stay in Alpine and enjoy one of San Diego’s most popular back country cycling routes; The Great Western Loop. Tonight we will have authentic Mexican food at a local restaurant. Since San Diego borders with Mexico you will find that the foods taste is much better than the “Mexican food" found elsewhere in the USA.
Day 4: Mt. Laguna climb – 70 mi (40 mi option)
Today’s ride will take your breath away as you climb out of Alpine and up Mount Laguna. Mount Laguna is San Diego’s highest mountain summiting at 6000 feet. From the crest of the mountain you will ride along the top of the world overlooking the Borrego Desert floor below. The ride ends in the historical mountain town of Julian, CA. We will stay in a small boutique hotel and enjoy dinner on our own at a local restaurant. Julian is a unique authentically preserved western town that is known for its famous Apple Pie. The downtown streets are full of pie shops, restaurants, antique stores, and art galleries. If you are up for an adventure take a tour through the old gold mine or try your hand at gold panning.
Day 5: Mt Palomar – 50 mi
The ride today is part of the last stage in this years Tour of California and Mount Palomar. Three different routes are available today depending on your desires and energy level. We will end our ride today at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the Indian reservation.
Day 6: Mt Palomar to Mission Beach – 65 mi
The ride today will go from the mountains to the sea. You will ride along the California coast line passing through Del Mar, Torrey Pines State Beach and La Jolla, ending at Mission Beach. In the afternoon explore the Mission Beach Boardwalk, or rent a surfboard, and enjoy the beach. Tonight we have dinner together at a local restaurant.
Day 7: Departure
Departure or stay a few extra days and enjoy more of San Diego and surrounding areas.