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Food: All rides incorporate a social food/coffee stop unless otherwise noted
Weather: Rain automatically cancels rides
Start Location: Click on the Start link for a map showing the start location

Arroyo Grande

Day: Sunday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: About 35 miles
Average Speed (C): Brisk, 14 to 17 mph on reasonably level terrain. Requires experienced riders. Regroups at roughly every hour or so. Requires occasional pace line riding.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Craig Armstrong
Phone: 805-619-7023

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Baywood/Los Osos

Day: Sunday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Santa Ysabel & Scenic Way, Los Osos
Destination: Cayucos
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 30 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Will Benedict
Phone: 805-441-4105

The oldest ride group in the club (started in the late 80's) including recumbent riders. The ride can number as many as 20 participants and includes a leisurely coffee stop with congenial conversation.

Typical Routes

Toro Creek
Cayucos Creek
Villa Creek
Harmony Hill

Morro Bay Start

Days: Sunday & Thursday
Start Time: 8:50 AM
Start: Art Deco Warehouse, Morro Bay
Destination: Cayucos
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 20 miles
Average Speed (A): Slow, 9 to 12 mph. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or just before a route change.
Terrain (1): Generally Flat
Coordinator: Jack Robison
Phone: 805-215-2078

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Breakaways

Day: Monday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Damon Garcia Sports Fields, SLO Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 30 to 40 miles
Average Speed (D): Fast, Over 16 mph. Race training, infrequent stops. Mostly pace line. No obligation to wait for other riders.
Terrain (3): Rolling Hills
Coordinator: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

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Breakers: Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton

Dec., Jan., Feb., March Start Time: 10:00AM
April, May, June Start Time: 9:00 AM
July, August Start Time: 8:00 AM
Sept., October, November Start Time: 9:00 AM
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 35 to 45 miles
Average Speed (C): Brisk, 14 to 17 mph on reasonably level terrain. Requires experienced riders. Regroups at roughly every hour or so. Requires occasional pace line riding.
Terrain (3, 4): Rolling Hills, Hard Hills

Atascadero

Day: Monday
Start: Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero
Coordinator: Michael Ursprung
Email: mcsprung@earthlink.net

Paso Robles

Day: Wednesday
Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Paso Robles
Coordinator: Mac Learned
Email: leland.learned@gmail.com

Templeton

Day: Friday
Start: Templeton Park, Templeton
Coordinator: Gregg Bone
Email: greggbone@mac.com

The Breakers rides are the more challenging of the SLOBC North County rides and are the preferred group for more experienced riders. Hills (the likes of the Peachy Canyon or York Mountain), greater distances and more speed define this ride.

While socializing occurs, biking is the driver. Expect some pace lining at speeds of 20 mph. Regrouping is a standard however riders are expected to be compatible (be within rider guidelines) so no one is far behind or way ahead. While a mid-ride stop at a local coffee/snack shop is the usual venue, depending on the route a road stop/break may be necessary.

Ride information is included in the pre-ride route announcements available by joining the Breakers email group (contact any ride leader to join).

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Cranks: Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton

Dec., Jan., Feb., March Start Time: 10:00AM
April, May, June Start Time: 9:00 AM
July, August Start Time: 8:00 AM
Sept., October, November Start Time: 9:00 AM
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 40 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders. (With a 10 mph warmup)
Terrain (3, 4): Rolling Hills, Hard Hills

Atascadero

Start: Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero
Note: Contact Coordinator for Occasional Changes
Coordinator: Bill McBride
Email: mcbride7085@gmail.com

Paso Robles

Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Paso Robles
Note: Contact Coordinator for Occasional Changes
Coordinator: George DiMundo
Email: gdimundo47@yahoo.com

Templeton

Start: Templeton Park, Templeton
Note: Contact Coordinator for Occasional Changes
Coordinator: Rick Diel
Email: rickdielxx@gmail.com

While socializing occurs, we try to avoid riding side-by-side. Expect some pace lining at speeds of 18 mph. We typically regroup 2 or 3 times on a ride to see how everybody is doing, maybe take off jackets or have a quick snack or some Ibuprofen. We always enjoy a coffee stop – sometimes mid-ride or near the end depending on the route.

Ride information is included in the pre-ride route announcements available by joining the CRANKS email group (contact any ride leader to join).

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Flaming Tortoises

Day: Monday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Dinosaur Caves Park, Pismo Beach
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 15 to 25 miles
Average Speed (A): Slow, 9 to 12 mph. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or just before a route change.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Julie Jarvis
Phone: 805-773-1567

This group travels north or south along the coast at 10 mph to a coffee stop and then back.

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Flyers

Day: Wednesday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Variable
Destination: Variable
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 30 to 40 miles
Average Speed (D): Over 16 mph
Terrain (3): Rolling Hills
Coordinator: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Flyers rides start from destinations all over the county and offer at interesting variety of route options. This group does NOT avoid hills and follows a "loose" pace-line protocol with regroups every 10 miles, each way. The ride usually has 5 to 10 participants.

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Frequent Feeders

Day: Wednesday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Variable
Destination: Variable
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 25 to 40 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Frank Mullin
Phone: 805-295-0183

These rides attract 15 to 25 riders with a different leader for each ride. Routes usually go through San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, or the Nipomo Mesa. There are many coffee houses along the way although sometimes ride leaders provide snacks and coffee. We even have "birthday" folks pay for coffee and cookies at the various coffee stops, and some even provide lunch at their homes after the ride (this is the Frequent Feeder group, after all). We introduce new people to the group. Sometimes a faster group goes ahead but waits at the regroups.

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Long's Tour

Day: Saturday
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Start: Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Destination: Varies with interest rider: San Luis Obispo, Huasna Valley or Lopez Lake
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: About 40 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Long Nguyen
Phone: 805-468-5160 (Call before joining)
Note: No coffee stop

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Scramblers: Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton

Dec., Jan., Feb., March Start Time: 10:00AM
April, May, June Start Time: 9:00 AM
July, August Start Time: 8:00 AM
Sept., October, November Start Time: 9:00 AM
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 30 to 35 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (3): Rolling Hills

Atascadero

Day: Monday
Start: Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero
Coordinators: Glenn & Gail Vanderlinde
Email: ggvanderlinde@yahoo.com

Paso Robles

Day: Wednesday
Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Paso Robles
Coordinators: Steve & Mary Cornelius
Email: stevenmary@charter.net

Templeton

Day: Friday
Start: Templeton Park, Templeton
Coordinators: Patti & Bill VanOrden
Email: pvanorden@charter.net

The Scramblers are best suited for the intermediate rider, experienced yet preferring less riding drama (reasonable hills). Adelaida Road would be the most difficult.

The rides focus on biking and socializing, speed is less of a focus although there is a minimum average speed depending upon the terrain. For the most part with hills the minimum is in the 11 + mph range. For any particular ride, the participating riders define the pace. Regrouping is a standard however riders are expected to be compatible (be w/i rider guidelines) so no one is far behind or way ahead. A mid-ride break at a local coffee / snack shop is a ride highlight.

Ride information is included in the pre-ride route announcements available by joining the Scramblers email group (contact any ride leader to join).

This group does NOT avoid hills and follows a "loose" pace-line protocol with regroups every 10 miles, each way. The ride usually has 5 to 10 participants.

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Slabtown Rollers

Day: Saturday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Sotheby's Realty, Cambria
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 30 to 70 miles
Average Speed (C): Brisk, 14 to 17 mph on reasonably level terrain. Requires experienced riders. Regroups at roughly every hour or so. Requires occasional pace line riding.
Terrain (4): Hard Hills
Coordinator: Tom Parsons
Phone: 805-927-5514
Note: Usually coffee stop after ride.

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SLO Velo

Day: Saturday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Starbucks/Trader Joe's, SLO
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 45 to 55 miles
Average Speed (C): Brisk, 14 to 17 mph on reasonably level terrain. Requires experienced riders. Regroups at roughly every hour or so. Requires occasional pace line riding.
Terrain (3, 4): Rolling Hills, Hard Hills
Coordinator: Ron Starkey
Email: ronstarkey@exocet.com
Website: www.slovelo.com

SLO Velo is an intermediate level ride to various destinations on the Central Coast including Lopez Lake, Huasna, Cayucos, Nipomo, Hi Mountain, Morro Bay, Oceano and Montana de Oro. Faster riders are welcome and invited to go off the front and meet up with the rest of the riders at the rest stops.

Regroups and restrooms every 15 miles or so.
No Lunch or Coffee stops until the end.

Typical Routes

Morro Bay – Montana De Oro
Nipomo Loop
Huasna
Whale Rock

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SLOPokes

Day: Wednesday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Variable
Destination: Variable
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 20 to 25 miles
Average Speed (A): Slow, 9 to 12 mph. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or just before a route change.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: June Kramer
Email: junekramer1@gmail.com
Phone: 425-239-8692

In 2000, the SLOPokes were formed in response to the need for an A category ride (10-12 mph) for those who love to ride but who aren’t that fast. Over time, the group has grown to accommodate faster paces (12-15+ mph), so now usually separates into different ride groups. Several different paces are accommodated amongst subgroups but the intention is to begin at the same start location and meet together for a leisurely coffee stop midway in the ride.

The rides are friendly, social, and non-competitive and new riders are always introduced and welcomed. We will assist in finding the closest subgroup to ride with! There is a different ride leader each week who decides the route and the coffee stop. Rides take place in beautiful locations all over the county.

SLOPoke Routes

Route Start Miles Ascent
Open Ranges (Shell Creek) Shandon (Crawford Clarke Park) 32.3 700
Hi Mountain, Biddle Biddle Co Park, AG 21.4 2,100
Lopez Lake Heritage Square Park, AG 23.5 1,800
Where in the Hell is Huasna Heritage Square Park, AG 21.1 1,100
Wine Now, or Whine Later Heritage Square Park, AG 20.0 1,100
Lighthouse & Elephants Shamel Park, Cambria 26.6 1,200

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The Bus

Day: Every Other Monday
Start Time: 8:25 AM
Start: See Schedule
Destination: Avlia Beach
Route: Verbally Described (See Schedule)
Distance: 10 to 15 miles
Average Speed (A): Slow, 9 to 12 mph. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or just before a route change.
Terrain (1): Generally Flat
Coordinators: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-544-4720

Schedule

After leaving the Barn, The Bus picks up riders at the following locations and times. It does not wait unless people are seen rushing to meet the group.

Location Time
Tanglewood and Johnson 8:27
Meadow Park 8:40
Higuera south of Madonna 8:45
Higuera and Tank Farm 8:55
Higuera south of LOVR 8:57
Bob Jones Bike Trail, Ontario Road 9:20

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Tortoises

Day: Friday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Variable
Destination: Variable
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 10 to 15 miles
Average Speed (A): Slow, 9 to 12 mph. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or just before a route change.
Terrain (1): Generally Flat
Coordinators: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-544-4720

This ride, started in 2006, is for people new to cycling or who want to spend a couple of hours enjoying the countryside with friends. It includes 5 to 20 participants that always stay together throughout the ride. There is always a coffee stop and frequently lunch afterwards and a real feeling of family.

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Tweeners: Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton

Dec., Jan., Feb., March Start Time: 10:00AM
April, May, June Start Time: 9:00 AM
July, August Start Time: 8:00 AM
Sept., October, November Start Time: 9:00 AM
Destination: Surrounding Area
Route: Route Slip
Distance: 30 to 35 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (3): Rolling Hills

Atascadero

Day: Monday
Start: Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero
Coordinator: Cindy Himmelrich
Email: schimmelrich@hotmail.com

Paso Robles

Day: Wednesday
Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Paso Robles
Coordinators: Lorrie Minkel & Ken Trotman
Email Lorrie: cookie92612@yahoo.com
Email Ken: kroadbikewarrior@yahoo.com

Templeton

Day: Friday
Start: Templeton Park, Templeton
Coordinator: Lou Vetter
Email: bikevetter@aol.com

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Vacillators

Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Santa Ysabel & Scenic Way, Los Osos
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: 30 to 50 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Marina Michel
Phone: 805-674-4322 (Call before joining)

Tuesday

Destination: South, Avila Beach

Thursday

Destination: North, Cayucos, Harmony, Cambria

The route is debated by the participants at the beginning of each ride—hence vacillators. Ride participants tend to form two slightly different speed groups within the average speed range for the ride. There is always a leisurely coffee stop.

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Wandering With Will

Day: Saturday – Always call before joining to make sure Will is riding that day
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: Variable – Standard Start: Laguna Middle School, SLO
Destination: Variable – Standard Ride: South with a stop in Arroyo Grande
Route: Variable – Verbally Described or Route Map provided
Distance: 30 to 50 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (2, 3+): Easy Grades Some Hills, Rolling Hills with Occasional Short Hard Hills
Coordinator: Will Benedict
Phone: 805-441-4105
Email: willbenedict@me.com

The group wanders into the countryside often doing Favorite Rides. The overall ride tends to average about 13 mph. We average 13 to 15 mph on the flats and climb at speeds ranging from 3 to 10 mph on grades from 8% to 3% respectively.

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Yellowjackets

Start Time: 9:00 AM
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Route: Verbally Described
Distance: About 30 miles
Average Speed (B): Moderate, 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes, Waits for slower riders.
Terrain (2): Easy Grades, Some Hills
Coordinator: Harvey Cohon
Phone: 805-234-2982

Monday

Destination: Grover Beach or Los Osos/Baywood

Friday

Destination: Avila Beach

Begun in 1998, the ride typically includes 15 to 25 riders. The ride supports sub-groups that take different routes to the destination to provide distance and speed options.