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California’s New Winter Training Paradise

February 28, 2012
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While riders in the rest of the U.S. are cold and wet, cyclists in-the-know head out to Borrego Springs to train in summer gear and sunglasses, all the better to see the beautiful landscape framing the warm blue skies. With average winter daytime highs of 65-75øF and nearly no rainy or cloudy days, cycling here is all about enjoying the ride. Throw in the fact that roads are well-maintained roads with very little traffic and even fewer trucks and the fact that the nearest traffic signal is 50 miles away in any direction and you’ve got a road cyclist’s idea of heaven.

In fact the secret is getting out. Borrego Springs, located in the heart of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County was the official ?Winter Home’ of 2011 Top-Ranked North American Women’s Pro Team ? Colavita Pro Cycling. A variety of training environments can be easily accessed directly from the center of town, close to lodging ? no need to commute to reach nice climbs, cool loops, or long flats. Whether riders spend all day climbing Montezuma Grade, or head out on the 92-mile Mount Palomar loop with 9,000 feet of climbing (see: Borrego Cycling), the center of town is always the starting and ending point for each day’s ride, whether it’s a light 28-mile day-ride or the grueling 133-mile loop.
And while perfect training conditions are what riders come for, the down time is also comfortable and easy, with a variety of creature comforts pre- and post-ride, including nine inns, hotels and motels and a nice range of restaurants (Franco-Belgian caf‚ food, anyone?). And the surrounding park and area offer lots of beautiful places to cross-train, whether you enjoy running, hiking, swimming and plenty of relaxation to go along with that like nice golf courses and spas in town as well.

So hop a plane or get in the car and discover California’s Secret Desert ? just a couple of hours away from San Diego, Palm Springs, Ontario and a million miles away from suburbia, noise, pollution, 8-lane highways, and big-box commerce.

For more info: Borrego Springs Locales


Borrego Springs’ Club Circle Resort
is the official host hotel to the world-class women’s cyclists on Team Colavita. Club Circle is an ideal place to stay to prepare for the upcoming Pro Season. ‘It’s relaxing and so convenient to the fabulous roads that cyclists love about Anza Borrego,’ says Team Colavita Director Sportif, Rachel Heal.

Located in the center of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, Borrego Springs offers a full range of lodging and dining options for area visitors. Close to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, Borrego Springs is within 2.5 hours drive time of over 20 million people. Long popular with San Diegans, it is now being discovered as a vacation destination for the rest of Southern California. California’s Secret Desert? is a trademark of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce. Visit http://www.Borrego-Springs.com for more information. Contact Rich Caldwell, of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce directly at 760-767-3319 or rich@californiasecretdesert.com.


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