It was a typical Sunday on March 8th when 6 BCI members joined about 40 other riders organized by ARB4U for a ride from the Irvine train station to Solana Beach. Participating BCI riders were Graham Collins, George Baker, Mark Hoskins, Kenny Do, Thomas Kim, and Alex Lim. The group took pleasure in cruising along the shoreline from Dana Point to our first rest stop in San Clemente, roughly 21 miles from the start. When we rode along San Onofre State Beach, it was breathtaking to do a long stretch of no-stopping, no redlights, no cars, and continuous pedaling. After a short regroup across from the gate of Camp Pendleton, we coasted into Oceanside and had our second rest stop in Carlsbad.
As we reached the beautiful and bike-friendly town of Encinitas, it was a relief to know that we were approaching the finish line of our 62mi 1,900ft climb. Finally, we hit the Solana Beach Pizza Port with the fulfilling pleasure and contentment of another successful safe ride.
We sometimes don’t admit that it's no accident many of the best places to see the sights, eat and drink are conveniently located along the best cycling routes in and around SoCal. A familiar statement that we often hear, “Ride to Eat” or “Eat to Ride”, bicycle riding means burning calories, while hard-core cyclists eat to ride (fuel in = miles out), the rest of us ride to eat (a good ride = a cheeseburger); In our case we had a delicious teriyaki bowl and sushi; totally enjoyed the meal, and the ride as well, LOL. - Alex Lim