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Whose Voice is THAT?

That's my little sister Mimi. If you haven't already, click on the player on the left side of the home page. Mimi inherited my mom's incredible vocal cords. Through her work with David Byrne (of The Talking Heads), Michael Stipe (of REM), Moby, Bryan Eno (of Roxy Music) and others, Mimi made quite a name for herself within the music biz. She started as the lead singer of a band called Hugo Largo (which backed up the Sugar Cubes with Björk at a concert here in San Diego back in "the day"). These three songs are from her solo album called "Soak" and are available for listening and purchase at Amazon (MP3 format) and the iTunes Store. Enjoy!
~ Dan Goese



Cycling News


There's a lot more happening in the SoCal/San Diego cycling scene than you'll find links to on this page. Explore the tabs above, depending upon your interest. If you're interested in racing, click here to go to the racing page. If you prefer less-competitive fun rides, click here. Each of these resources is organized by month so you can pick an event that fits in with your schedule.



Humble suggestion
to drivers & cyclists
sharing the road:
"TNTbad" which
means try NOT to
be a dick.

Katie Gallagher's Art


People for Bikes



Cycling News & Views


Barrio Logan Grand Prix
Download free Barrio Logan Grand Prix photos. See below.

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Welcome to La Jolla Vélo, Dan Goese's crib notes on bicycling in San Diego County—and the rest of the world for when you can't be here. Explore the massive list of cycling links below and the menu bars on the left side and top of each page. Here are several key items to start with:
  1. CLUB RIDES: Come and join the SDBC Saturday morning club ride in La Jolla to meet lots of fellow cycling enthusiasts at every skill level (beginner to pro). SDBC often has organized Sunday rides, but if you're an experienced rider and want to ride religiously on Sundays, the Church of Cycling is also a good bet, typically departing from the Del Mar area.
  2. RESOURCES: Start with our list of rides (including GPS-generated maps, mileage and elevation gain) from La Jolla. San Diego County has several "must do" rides.
  3. QUESTIONS: If the information on this site doesn't answer your question about cycling in San Diego, feel free to email me (Dan Goese) and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
  4. CYCLING PUBLICATIONS: If you're a cycling junky from anywhere in the world, make sure you check out this comprehensive list of online cycling publications.
  5. "AND MORE..." In case you haven't already seen them, see our dedicated pages for bike shops, road bike races, rides, bike clubs, track (velodrome fixed gear racing), cycling advocacy, and navigation around San Diego, America's Finest City and a pretty darn nice place to ride your bike.

Hincapie Racing Team

SDBC 2015 club photo; thanks to Emerald Textiles, our title sponsor!

Upcoming EVENTS:

  • Be sure to check the SDBC calendar and BikeReg for updates
  • SHOW UP & CHEER! For the first time since 1986, the UCI World Championships (pro men, women, Juniors) are taking place in the USA in 2015! Click on the logo below for more info. See you there, starting September 19th.
  • See the "races" and "rides/tours" pages for month-by month schedules for SoCal and the rest of the world. .

La Jolla Racquet Club   Andy Hampsten's Cinghiale Cycling Tours

Click here for instructions on Flickr photo downloading [243 KB PDF].

Enjoy a 2014 SoCal Crit (Roger Millikan Memorial) from a perspective I never have: The winner's bike in the race. Rahsaan Bahati's video below conveys the adrenaline-gushing perspective within the sport of criterium "crit" bike racing...

Whether you were born and raised here in San Diego or just visiting for a few days, if you're really into cycling you should take at least a few of the many memorable road and mountain bike rides available. Favorites include Torrey Pines Grade and the coastal highway along the Pacific Ocean, Palomar Mountain (a great climb), 5 faces of Mount Soledad, and many more. Anderson Truck Trail is a challenging course for those seeking some single-track MTB fun.

La Jolla Vélo Blog
FREE MUSIC (Brotherly Plug):
Listen to 3 songs by my sister Mimi Goese by pressing the "play" icon just above the "Main Menu" in the left column of this page.
2011 Barrio Logan Grand Prix, 2010 Tour de France, 2009 Giro, and lots of local rides and races are included in my Flickr online photo album. You can get the full-size digital image from Flickr. See Flickr photo download instructions here.

| As the Toto Turns | Biseekel |
Clydesdale Jones | LJ Vélo |
| Twisted Spoke | Velominati |

CYCLING ADVOCACY:"Le cyclisme, notre passion."
See the list of cycling advocacy organizations.

Bicycling Navigation
Bike Navigation Garmin & Strava dashboards & ride data page for San Diego.

San Diego County Cycling Event Calendars:
SDBC | San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

Road Bike Basics |

Congratulations to SDBC for 65 years (now 67!) of winning races!
SDBC 65th anniversary logo

Weather: Air Quality | La Jolla | Palomar Mountain | Mount Laguna

Cycling-Related Publications:

Check out the "quick access" cycling news sources in the column to the right. These are direct, ad & cookie-free links to the best bike racing news web sites. Click here for more cycling publications.





*Those marked with an asterisk* require an account or subscription.

This video (below) of a memorable descent after the 2009 Giro d'Italia "Alpe de Siusi" hilltop finish gets off to a slow start and is shaky as hell (the camera was mounted to my handle bars) but it provides a glimpse of the excitement of [literally] following a grand tour. We climbed this hill and then–after watching the pros race to the top–we all (spectators, pros, team cars) rode back down together because there was no other way out. At certain points you'll notice I could draft behind team cars. (Thanks to Thomson Bike Tours for the awesome roadside tent with satellite TV and buffet!)


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The Planet Ultra climbing camp collided [figuratively] with BMC Pro Racing in the beautiful, hilly Topanga Canyon area. This gorgeous area just inland from Malibu is now the home training ground of Dave Zabriskie and others who have disovered how perfect it is for training in the winter months while Nanooks of the North train indoors. Dan Goese (crusty old La Jolla Velo web guy & SDBC sponsor) with George Hincapie (3-time National Road Racing Champion, record-breaking 17-time TdF competitor!) in Agoura Hills, January 2010:

More pictures here.


If you're not an SDBC member, it's easy to join. Click here for the online SDBC enrollment page. There is no auto-renewal, so you need to "re-join" SDBC each calendar year.

Metric Conversions for Cyclists:

Type value in
one field then
press Tab key
(or click mouse
in other field)
for result. Volume
conversions are
for USA, liquid.

mi ↔ km
ft ↔ m
in ↔ cm
psi ↔ bar
°F ↔ °C
lb-ft ↔ Nm
gal ↔ liter
oz ↔ liter
lb ↔ kg
oz ↔ grams

Are centuries just too short for you? You must have the Randonneuring bug.

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Top Cycling Sites


Help Veterans Recover

Find SD's spandex-friendly
coffee stops & delis here:

Coffee Shops for Cyclists

The buttons below are not ads. These are our "Top Picks" for cycling coverage and each brings you to that site's home page.

Videos at Global Cycling Network
Steep Hill TV
ROAD Magazine
Bike Radar (Pro Cycling Magazine)
Road Bike Action Magazine
RBA Digital Edition HERE
Pez Cycling News

Universal Sports Cycling
Bicycling Magazine
Remember to click on an ad or two at these sites to help them stay "free" to us readers. See the full list of cycling publication links in the center column of this page.

Shore Tower in La Jolla

Cycling Stories

Sometimes we make our own news while riding our bikes. Do you have a story to share? Let us know and we'll add it to our Cycling stories page (click here).

Hi-Tech Bikes

San Diego Area Bike Shops
(click here)


Rent La Jolla Shores


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USA Cycling


Women's Cycling Association

Advocacy Page

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"I know I can't outrun Father Time, but I'd like to ride alongside him as long as I can." (Possibly a paraphrase of a quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes. At any rate I like the idea.)

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings..."
John Muir, 1838-1914


Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)


We know why dogs
stick their heads
out of car windows!


Rules of Cycling