These are some of the Best and my favorite rides, in and around Orange County
We Recommend avoiding Pacific Coast Hwy between Newport Beach and Dana Point. The roads are always busy regardless of the time of day. There is no bike lane and drivers trend to be less than friendly about sharing the road. The portion between the Santa Ana River Trail and Bayside Dr to get to the San Diego Creek Trail is safe to ride. The road is much wider and less busy at this point. If you want to got through Newport Beach we recommend turning right onto Bayside Dr, right on Fernleaf Ave, Left on Ocean Blvd, Left on Poppy Ave, and then right back onto PCH. This avoids the busiest and most dangerous part of PCH through Newport Beach.
Weekly Training Rides:
Carbon Canyon loop from Brea!
This is a group ride which leaves from the Brea sport park (3333 East Birch Street) on Mondays at 7:30 am. The pace is moderate, no hammering here. We ride up Brea Canyon road into Diamond Bar, loop through the City of Industry, and out to Chino Hills and back through Carbon Canyon Road. About 32 miles. Tell Us you plan to come.
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Coffee Crew Ride: Tuesday and Thursday morning 6:15am
Large group, pace is often fast.
Tuesday, 5:30 PM Orchard Hills Group Training Ride, Culver/Portola, in Irvine.
Ridden Like a race, this group ride is attended by Pros, 1, 2's and strong masters riders.
The Famed Canyon Velo Long Saturday Ride:
THE RIDE START POINT IS IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE SHELL STATION AND THE CONVENIENCE STORE (not the car wash) ON NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD IN ORANGE, CA. THE APPROXIMATE ADDRESS IS 2702 N. SANTIAGO BLVD. THIS LOCATION IS JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF LINCOLN AVE. AND NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD. NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD IS JUST EAST OF THE 55 FRWY AT THIS LOCATION.
START TIME IS 7:30 SHARP. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
THESE ARE ADVANCED RIDES. THE PACE IS VERY FAST AT TIMES. A NUMBER OF MEMBERS FROM OTHER CYCLING CLUBS PARTICIPATE. THE GROUP OFTEN INCLUDES STATE, NATIONAL, AND WORLD CHAMPION CYCLISTS AS WELL AS SOME PROFESSIONALS THE GROUP DOES NOT STOP FOR MECHANICALS OR OTHER ISSUES OTHER THAN EMERGENCIES.
THE “LONG-LONG” ROUTE IS ABOUT 56 MILES LONG. THIS OPTION IS VERY TOUGH AND CHALLENGING. OFTEN THE PACE IS SET BY NATIONAL OR WORLD CHAMPIONS AND PROFESSIONAL RIDERS. AFTER THE “LONG –SHORT” PEELS OFF THIS GROUP CONTINUES ON WITH SOME SPIRITED CLIMBS IN MISSION VIEJO PRIOR TO A HARD TRIP UP THE 1984 MISSION VIEJO OLYMPIC ROAD COURSE CLIMB OF LA PAZ RD. RIDERS THEN COMPLETE A LONG FAST GRIND UP ANTONIO PARKWAY, FOLLOWED BY A SLAM THROUGH LIVE OAK CANYON AND UP “THE WALL.” AFTER A VERY FAST ASCENT OF THE COOK’S CORNER GRADE THE RIDERS RE-GROUP AT THE MOJESKA CANYON TURNOFF AND HAMMER BACK THROUGH SANTIAGO CANYON. SOME RIDERS MAY CHOOSE TO ADD THE SIVERADO CANYON LEG TO THIS ROUTE. AS WITH THE “LONG-SHORT” ROUTE, AFTER DECENDING “DUMP HILL,” THE RIDERS HEAD BACK INTO VILLA PARK AND THEN TURN RIGHT ONTO NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD AND BACK TO THE RIDE START POINT.
The Sunday Ride: Santa Ana River Trail, Return Via San Diego Creek Trail
GENERALLY FLAT AND ABOUT 52 MILES LONG.
THE RIDE START POINT FOR THOSE WHO DRIVE TO THE START IS THE PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF ANAHEIM HILLS BIKE SHOP. THE ADDRESS IS 5675 E. LA PALMA IN ANAHEIM HILLS. THIS LOCATION IS JUST WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND LA PALMA BLVD.
THE RIDERS LEAVE THE PARKING LOT JUST BEFORE 7:00 AM. AND RIDE TO THE “OFFICIAL” START POINT ON THE SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL JUST WEST OF IMPERIAL HIGHWAY NEXT TO THE PORTABLE TOILET. MOST OFTEN OTHER RIDERS HAVE RIDDEN TO THIS POINT. THE RIDE STARTS AT 7:00 SHARP FROM THIS POINT HEADING WEST TOWARDS THE BEACH.
Como Street Ride: Sunday, 8 am
This ride as a "long route" and a "short route". The short route goes directly through Santiago Canyon (from the south entrance), and the long route adds a really nice wooded section through Trabuco Canyon. 32-41 miles
Starts at Starbucks Tustin Marketplace