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    7th Annual Alpine (Up &) Downhill Challenge


    IT'S BACK. We crashed out last year (serioulsy, we ended up in the hospital), but we're back and (kinda) ready to ride!

    7th Annual Alpine (Up and) Downhill Challenge
    $40 ticket price* + service fees
    Price includes ride + food + schwag + guided Alpine tasting.

    *This year a portion of the ticket price will be donated to San Diego Velo Youth.
    *Also, it's cheaper because there won't be a t-shirt this year, but you will get a BLAH keeper glass.

    This is the bike ride you've been waiting for...

    We will leave BLAH at 8am on our bikes, and ride all the way up, up, up to Alpine Brewing. There you can purchase a pint (or samplers, but no heavy drinking!!), check out the facility, and then ride back down, down, down. Approx 60 miles round trip. Last year's route:

    At the end of the ride, back at Blind Lady, you will enjoy a guided tasting of Alpine's beers.

    At BLAH we will have a buffet of fries, salads and pizzas. Oh, and a flight of Alpine beer...

    Barrel-Aged Rye’Der
    Bus Ride
    Not Nelson
    Pure Hoppiness
    Mandarin Nectar

    This ride is not about speed. It's about community. (And beer.) So we will ride together, making sure not to leave brothers and sisters behind. It is a challenge uphill, as well as downhill. A decent bike is kind of necessary. No clunkers. No townies. No cruisers.

    Do not pass the ride leader!!!
    Do not over do it at Alpine, we've gotta ride all the way back.
    You must be able to ride 60 miles. Seriously!!
    We would like everyone to wear a helmet. Seriously!!
    You must bring at least one spare tube that fits your bike.
    You must read the route before we ride.
    You must drink plenty of water (the non-alcoholic type) the day/night before.
    You must have at least one water bottle. We strongly suggest bringing 2 full bottles.
    You must come with a good attitude.
    Ride safe!
    Do not pass the ride leader!!!
    Do not pass the ride leader!!!
    Do not pass the ride leader!!!
    We will ride as a group with multiple re-group stops.

    Here's the VERY rough schedule based on what we've done before...

    8:00am meet at Blind Lady (Please be on time)
    8:15-11:00 ride to Alpine
    11:00-12:15 tour brewery, snacks, beer
    12:30-3:30(ish) ride back to P66
    3:30-5:00 food, flights and brewer's stories

    So, clear your calendar.

    Are you in?
    Thanks for posting, Mark. We had a change of plans and are going to camp at South Carlsbad State Beach, not San Elijo. We lucked out and reserved a site right on the ocean. We will be rolling south from San Clemente at 11:45 am so our estimated time of arrival in Oceanside is 1:15 / 1:30 pm.
    Looks like the next bike camping trip will be Sat., 12/17, at S. Carlsbad State Beach.

    Question: we are planning to ride south from San Clemente with a couple of teenagers, both of whom have passports. Anybody know if we will have trouble getting through Camp Pendleton with kids? (I am mindful of the registration requirement.)

    The 8th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride starts with a 10:30am gathering at Panama 66 in Balboa Park.
    After the easy, local ride, meet back at Panama 66 for food, drinks and music by the Uptown Rhythm Makers.

    8th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride
    Sunday, December 11, 2016 ~ 10:30 a.m.
    Panama 66
    1450 Plaza de Panama, San Diego, 92101

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    Turbo Bob's video blog of the 7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride ~ December 2015.

    7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride---The Group Assembles

    7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride---Getting Started

    7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride---Close-up

    7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride---6th Street

    7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride---During the Ride

    7th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride---Marston House
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2016
    I may be able to make this one!
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2016 edited
    I'll have to bail early to attend the annual general membership meeting at the closed San Diego Velodrome, formerly known as the "Ghettodrome," newly christened as the "Tar Pit." We will have to decide whether to hold the feet of the present board of directors to the fire and compel them to fix what has been done, or to elect a new slate and pick up the pieces as well as possible. Meeting is at 1 pm followed by the board of directors election.

    The track has been shuttered since the beginning of September. I've been doing long laps at Fiesta Island and MTB around Florida Canyon since my hand surgeon released me to start riding again. The day before the VeloSwap I rode a few laps on the track on an MTB when the gate was open for a short time. The surface is very rough and bumpy, but presented no problems for wide tires. Someone has suggested a gravel grinder program for Tuesday nights until we can figure out how to fix the surface issues. At least the substrate problems seem to have been addressed for now.

    I hope to be commuting again starting next week.
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2016
    Did it suddenly go bad?
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2016
    A new board of directors decided to try to cover the existing surface with asphalt. The underlying substrate problems were corrected, but the new surface ended up much rougher and bumpier than the old surface, even with its hops and dips. They are now giving the job of finishing the surface to a new contractor. It remains to be seen when the work might be completed or if the surface will end up being an improvement or worse than the original. I rather think that times are going to be slower than before. The entire process has been characterized by a lack of transparency and communication with the membership. No meeting minutes have been posted since July of this year in violation of California law governing the operation of non-profit organizations.

    Ironically, there will be a vote to change the status of the association from 501(c)4 to 501(c)3 to allow donors to make tax deductible donations. Why this wasn't done before embarking on the current project escapes me. The intent had always been to save a large sum of money, make the status change to 501(c)3, and submit grant proposals for matching funds to do a resurfacing project correctly the first time. Now all the money is gone and there is no sum to put up against any matching funds. How the corrections will be paid for remains to be seen since the membership is not in the loop. It is being run as a private club on city property instead of as a legitimate non-profit that shares its plans with the membership and with the public.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2017
    Bike to Work Day: Thursday (!), May 18th, 2017.

    Predictably, and as unceremoniously as is customary, the month of May is also declared "Bike to Work Month".
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2017
    CiclaVista, Chula Vista's first Open Streets event: Sunday, April 30th, 2017.


    Sunday April 30, 2017 ~ 11:00 am
    3rd Avenue between E Street and H Street
    Chula Vista. CA
    Join us for the inaugural CiclaVista 2017. Come to 3rd Avenue between E Street and H Street. We will close down the street for cars and open them up for people to roll and stroll–walk, ride bikes, and roll on skateboards, scooters, roller skates. Walk your dog, bring your kids, there will be live music, shopping, food and fun for all ages!

    Make it a truly multi-modal day by using the San Diego MTS Trolley to shuttle you and your family’s bikes, strollers, scooters or wagons to the CiclaVista event. A $5 all day fare will get you to and from the event. No traffic or parking hassles and a fun way to spend time with friends and family. Learn to use the trolley on this easy weekend adventure and maybe you’ll incorporate it into your daily commute. Ride the Blue Line Trolley to either the E Street Transit Center or the H Street Transit Center. Walk or ride up to 3rd Avenue and enjoy the day!

    Cyclo de Mayo 2017

    May 4, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
    Quartyard ~ Downtown San Diego

    May is National Bike Month and we are holding a kick-off party! We will go for a short, casual ride (for any skill level!), then return for an evening of celebration! There will be food trucks, pints, and fun for all ages!

    Bike to School Day

    Wednesday May 10th, 2017

    The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

    Bike to School Day
    Schwinn Bike Giveaway

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn are teaming up for the fourth year in a row to celebrate Bike to School Day. The two organizations will host the Schwinn Bike Share Giveaway, awarding 10 SmartStart Schwinn bikes and 20 Schwinn helmets to 10 schools across the US.

    The Bike to School Day Schwinn Bike Share Giveaway coincides with National Bike to School Day event registration at The contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT on May 31, 2017. (That date allows schools who register events after they have taken place to enter.)

    Schwinn Bike Giveaway

    As of April 20th, 2017 there is only one school in San Diego registered for this contest.
    Let’s ride to school, register our events and win some bikes!

    Schwinn SmartStart Bikes

    One of the greatest memories a child can have is when they first learn how to ride a bike. As parents we want our kids to have a great experience; learn quickly, be safe, and have fun, all at the same time! Schwinn SmartStart™ bikes are designed to do all of that. We believe a well-fitted bike makes the child more comfortable; and being comfortable inspires confidence and the motivation to learn.

    Bike To Work Day
    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually in May. To support participation of more employers and employees, Bike to Work Day will be celebrated on a Thursday this year. Be sure to register online for Bike to Work Day to join thousands of commuters throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on the morning of Thursday, May 18, 2017. Registration is required to claim your free t-shirt!

    Online registration is open on the iCommute website.
    Padres Pedal the Cause Announces New Cycling Routes Across Coronado Bay Bridge
    Padres Pedal the Cause announced today a first for its annual charity cycling event – several routes will cross the Coronado Bay Bridge during the fifth annual Padres Pedal the Cause event that takes place on November 11-12, 2017, at Petco Park.

    "Riding over the Coronado Bridge and finishing on center field at Petco Park make Padres Pedal the Cause a once-in-a-lifetime cycling experience," said Anne Marchand, executive director of Padres Pedal. "How many bike rides cross over one of the most beautiful bridges in the country as well as finish in centerfield of America's best ballpark with your image splashed on the video board?
    • CommentAuthorPetteri
    • CommentTime1 day ago
    Reminder: The Velodrome Swapmeet is tomorrow, Sunday the 23rd: