Swami's has several regular training rides. Although the rides are open to all comers, they are not beginner rides. Safety is paramount so we ask that all riders be proficient in group ride technique and etiquette before joining the rides. For more on group riding visit the riding tips.
The World Famous Swami's Saturday Ride
The B Ride Start Time: Leaves RIDE Cyclery promptly at: 7:45am
The A Ride Start Time: Leaves RIDE Cyclery promptly at: 8:10am
Start Location: RIDE Cyclery 449 south Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
This is the signature Swami's club ride. Although it sometimes will take a different route, more often than not, the ride follows the traditional route through the Elfin Forest to Escondido then back along Del Dios and through Rancho Santa Fe to the coast and coffee at Starbucks in the Encinitas Lumberyard (total distance 38 miles).
The Swami’s ride rolls out at a casual pace from RIDE Cyclery rolling north to La Costa Ave then to south on El Camino Real to Levante Street where the pace will ratchet up a notch until the ride is on Rancho Santa Fe road en route to San Elijo. But once on San Elijo the pace ratchets up again until the front group is racing through Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, past the chicken ranch and toward the sprint at the church in Escondido. Behind the front group several other groups form and ride at more comfortable speeds and eventually everyone regroups at the church to swap stories of the sprint and top off their water bottles. From the church some may go through Escondido to Wolford or Jesmon Deen to put in some longer miles, but most head out along Del Dios towards Rancho Santa Fe. There are a couple more sprints as the ride heads through The Ranch along Paseo Delicias and up Linea del Cielo. But the hammerheads usually slow up after the sprints and the group reforms for the ride through Solana Beach and north up the coast to coffee at RIDE Cyclery (Encinitas).
Which Ride is best for you?
The A Ride - Is the fast and hard ride, and it will get faster and harder as racing season progresses. Is this ride right for you? Consider this before you slot in for the A Ride. If you can comfortably finish (at the church) at the Front of the B ride AND take your fair share of pulls at the front of the B ride then you get to ride the A ride. Also if you got any hardware (medals) from States, Nationals, Olympics, Worlds (that you won legit, i.e. not winning the hardware on bidding on ebay), and or make your living riding a bike really fast you get to do the A ride. You get the idea...
The B Ride - Is still a fast, hard ride but in contrast it is more about what you make of the ride. If you ride at the front and take your share of the pulls through Elfin Forest, it will be a seriously hard and fast ride. If you cant quite hang on to the riders on the front or just want to ride a little slower then you will ride with other B riders and everyone will re-group at the chruch. So if you're "reconnecting" with your bike fitness, or you want to ride at a pace less than full on OMG this hurts...race pace, the B ride is for you.
Regardless if you do the A ride or the B ride please remember to ride two by two wherever possible, which means don't ride 3 or 4 wide on the road, be respectful to other motorists and pedestrians you encounter on the road. Thanks!
Why two rides?
Having two rides helps even out the gaps between rider fitness levels and gives each group a little more elbow room on the road.
Ride Cyclery – Elfin – Del Dios – Ride Cyclery: 40 miles- Link to Map of Route
Ride Cyclery – Elfin – Jesmon Deen – La Costa Coffee – 42 miles - Link to Map of Route
Ride Cyclery – Elfin – Wolford – Ride Cyclery – 65 miles - Link to Map of Route
Start Time: 8:00am
Start Location: RIDE Cyclery 449 south Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
The Sunday ride is the more casual of the two weekend rides. The route will vary from week to week so check the Swamis Google Group on Saturday for the ride route. More often than not the route will be the Vista twist to Bonsall and back along W Lilac, Circle R Champagne and Deer Springs Roads. When the ride rolls inland it will swing by Peet's Coffee in Bressi Ranch to pick up more riders. Another popular route is north up the coast and through Camp Pendleton to San Clemente and back. When the ride heads north up the coast it will not swing by Peet's so make sure you check the Google group before planning on meeting the ride at Peet's.
San Clemente Route
Typical Mileage : San Clemente 64 miles
Vista Twist Route
Tuesday/Thursday Morning Rides
Start Time: Gene Kelley Ride 6:30am
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 many 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 (at this hour no one is in the mood to dilly dally in the morning chill). The tempo is brisk out La Costa and then north up the 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 Poinsetia. Mercifully the last mile is down hill along El Camino and into the Vons shopping center for coffee at La Costa Coffee.
If you get dropped or miss the start by a few minutes, there are several short cuts that will get you back on the ride, cutting across and heading east at Tamarack Drive, or Carlsbad Village Drive will get you back in touch with the group. Other route cutoffs are heading due east on Faraday to El Camino Real which cuts out the uphills of Aviara, and Poinsettia.
The Gene Kelley ride's fast and furious pace isn't everyone's cup of tea so often a B-group of riders will let the front group roll off then start 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. The B-ride starts at the same location and time it just rolls out a little behind the A-ride.
Note that in the cold dark winter mornings a blinky taillight is recommended for improved visibility. Also note that for the first couple weeks of daylight savings the start time will shift to 6:45 so we are not starting in total darkness.
Typical Mileage: 22 Miles
Tuesday Night Ride (held during Day Light Saving time)
Start Time: 5:00pm
Start Location: RIDE Cyclery, 449 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
This ride is only active during daylight saving. It’s typically fast and furious and hammers through Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Solana Beach and finally back to Encinitas. The loop is 33 miles and there are several sprint points along the route.
Typical Mileage: 30 miles
Wednesday Morning Ride
Start Time: 8:15am
Start Location: Starbucks in downtown Carlsbad, 2924 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA
One of Bicycling Magazines top ranked group rides, the Camp Pendleton ride rolls north through Pendleton to San Clemente where it turns around and heads back to Carlsbad. Out and back is 49 miles. The Pendleton ride has been described as one of the hardest flat rides you can do. So bring your A game and bring your ID - you must have a valid drivers license or state-issued ID to get onto the base.
Please note that riding through Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is a privilege not a right. Please behave accordingly: Obey all traffic laws and instructions from base personnel. Ride in an organized paceline and do not spread out into the traffic lane. Finally, watch out for tanks.Typical Mileage: 47 miles