Saturday Rides



UC Cyclery  8715 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA  92121. 

Vehicles should enter in the Nobel entrance, just west of I-5.  Only the Nobel entrance provides clearance for roof racks.  Park your vehicle in the large lot directly east of UC Cyclery and west of Island’s Restaurant.


8:30 AM every Saturday.  

Please assemble prior to 8:30 AM in the parking area noted above.  All rides are open to public. First timers are encouraged to start with one of the developmental groups to learn pack riding skills.  For questions about our training rides, please contact our Training Director

Photo courtesy of IronString Photography

Photo courtesy of IronString Photography

New Rider Orientation

Orientation for all first-time riders is at 8:20 AM on the patio next to UC Cyclery near near Croutons Restaurant.


  • Orientation for first-timer riders is at 8:20 AM in the patio area west of UC Cyclery
  • Brief Club Announcements 
  • A Group rolls out at 8:30 AM
  • B Group rolls out right after the A Group
  • C Climbing Group rolls out after the B Group
  • Development Groups roll out after the B Group
  • Click here for the Ride Route sheets and info

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Helmets are required.  All riders must wear a helmet
  2. No earbuds or headphones
  3. No Aero bars


Please scroll down the page for a description of our Saturday Rides and Ride Routes.

The A Group Ride

This is NOT an SDBC organized ride, although SDBC members participate.  This is a very fast-paced 47 mile ride, mostly attended by current racers, and does not have a required re-group.  The A ride is NOT a "No Drop" ride.

The ride varies from sustained tempo to a series of attacks on hills and flats.  This ride demands group riding experience and a very high level of fitness.  If you are not in top form, you can expect to be dropped during the ride.

The Strava Ride Route for the A/B ride is here.

The A Group ride rolls out at 8:30 AM


SDBC "A" ride 7/25/2015, video courtesy of Juan Cisneros

The B Group Ride

The B Group ride is an SDBC organized ride. It is 47 miles (same route as the A ride) and is the core training ride for SDBC members.  An SDBC member acts as ride leader, which involves specified pace-line practice, tempo riding, and optional hill-attacks.

The overall pace is fairly high (20+ mph) and all cyclists are expected to be very competent in close-quarter riding. There are specified re-grouping spots, but riders come and go. You are responsible to know the route and for being able to return to the start/finish. The ride includes a major refreshment stop at Java Depot.

The Strava Ride Route for the A/B ride is here.

The B Group ride rolls out directly after the A Group.

San Diego Bicycle Club "B" ride, Saturday 6/25/2010.

The C Group Ride

Don’t be fooled by this ride’s name.  “C” stands for “Climbing.”  Every C-rider could ride with the A’s and the B’s, but not every A- and B-rider can hang with the C’s. 

The C Group ride rolls out directly after the B Group.

The Off-Season C Group Ride

October through December, 2015

Get stronger and faster with the Off-Season C-ride. The C-ride started two years ago when a group of WTC riders wanted to keep building on their WTC experience. Now, the C-ride is picking up the baton every Saturday now through December, rolling out around the same time as the B-ride (whoever talks less, rolls first). The C-ride is being led by Didier Sagan and Xavier Cany and a team of experienced C-riders and assorted ride leaders. Here’s what Xavier says to expect:

For the first two months we are going to go easy and help riders build up speed and endurance. As long as people feel comfortable with a 55 miles climbing ride any regular A, B and D-1 rider should be able to join the fun. We'll keep the group together on the flats and have the fastest riders loop or wait for the slow riders whenever necessary on the climbs. It promises to be a lot of fun!

So join Xavier, Didier, and the team and for the fast, group training Off-Season C-ride!


Development Group Rides

Development Group rides emphasize riding skills including close-quarter riding, pace line rotation, safety and cooperation in a peloton. Riders will be given instructions through out much of the ride and each ride has a designated Ride Leader.


D1 Group Ride

A moderately fast ride with several regrouping points. Riders should already have the rudimentary skills necessary to ride in a peloton and have experience in a rotating pace line. The D1 ride is 45 miles in length (same route as the A and B rides) and riders should be in good physical condition and able to maintain a speed of 16 to 18 mph.

D2 Group Ride

A brisk paced 40 mile ride that takes a hilly path off the regular SDBC route. It is a good ride for the adventurous type which uses hills to build strength.

D3 Group Ride

This is the core developmental ride of SDBC and is 35 miles long and somewhat hilly. Ideal for the those folks who have riding experience but are new to riding in packs larger than 4 or 5. The riders are given coaching throughout while speed is kept at a moderate pace between 15 and 17 mph. Time is taken at regrouping points to teach the rider many of the skills necessary to ride safely in a peloton as well as practice in a rotating paceline.

D4 Group Ride

At 24 miles long, the D-4 ride follows the first 10 miles of the more advanced D-3 course but at a slower pace. The ride then heads west to the coast and, at mile 14, a short break at Java Depot, an SDBC sponsor, where coffee, smoothies, and snacks can be purchased. Leaving Java Depot the ride heads south and returns to the starting point.

The course terrain does have a number of shorter climbs plus the longer and more challenging Torrey Pines grade. Riders should have the appropriate fitness and ability to stay with the group. While on the hills, D-4 cyclists should have the ability to climb the hills without dismounting and walking their bikes to the top.

Coaching is provided and is tailored to the ride participants. It sometimes includes how do a single rotating paceline.

This ride is appropriate for cyclists:

  • with no group riding experience.
  • who have group riding experience but who are concerned about riding close to other cyclists.
  • looking for tips on getting the most out of their bikes, such as gear selection and other useful information.
  • who are experienced riders rehabbing an injury or who want a slower-paced ride.

If you have questions about the D-4 ride please talk to any of SDBC’s ride leaders the morning of the ride.

A/B Group Ride 

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