104 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing
Tour de Poway • Climbs
Tour de Poway • Description
The Tour de Poway is a scenic back country century in North County San Diego. The ride is laid out as a big loop, initially heading east, then north, west, south, and east again.
The ride starts with the biggest climb, Poway Road. After a short descent on Highway 67, the route visits Ramona, soon followed by a longer descent down Bandy Canyon. Highway 78 passes San Diego Wild Animal Park and leads up a short climb. The course then continues through the towns of Escondido and San Marcos, and passes Legoland on the way to Carlsbad.
For a while, the ride follows the Ocean, before heading inland again and eventually passing through Rancho Santa Fe. The bike path along Highway 56 gradually gains some elevation, and a few rolling hills lead back down to Poway.
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Several riders of the Renegades participated in the event: Barbara B., Claude I., Ryan P., Tom R., and myself. It was Ryan's first century, what a ride.
This year I rode with Tom R. and a few other riders. The route was slightly different; in Ramona it continued down Highway 78 (instead of Bandy Canyon), and towards the end it followed Del Mar Heights Road and Camino Del Sur (instead of Highway 56 bike path).
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries