Introduction to Riding in the Temecula Valley
Our valley offers some of the best cycling roads in Southern California. Terrain can range from pancake flat to 20% grades, from wide bike lanes to small country roads. This is an introduction to the area providing insight on roads and conditions that will make your ride safer and more enjoyable.
You must like hills! There are no bike lanes in this area and if you're not ascending you're descending. Here you will find some of the most picturesque roads in the valley, from hillsides covered in Avocado and Citrus groves to beautiful Estates Homes. You will find some of the steepest climbs in the valley, many over 10%. You will also enjoy the rolling hills and local wildlife which includes the Red Tail Hawk. Most roads are only two lanes, conditions are very good. In the late winter and spring be aware of the seasonal streams that often cross the roads, there's algae lurking underneath.
This is an equestrian community like no other. The main valley is dotted with horse ranches and sprawling estates. You will often share the roads with horses and their riders. We strongly encourage riding single file on these narrow country roads. It's not an uncommon site to see large horse trailers rolling down the road. Common courtesy goes a long way when enjoying this wonderful area just north of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve.
Our Wine Country is a mecca for cyclists both recreational and professional. Vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms are in abundance, yet you can be out and away from it all in as little as 10 miles. Less climbing and more rolling hills make this a popular area for cyclists. It can be foggy and cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon and then a light breeze will pick up and the temperatures will cool again. Some of the main roads have small to medium sized bike lanes and as you get further out the roads narrow and soon you're away from all the hustle and bustle of the wineries and their tasting rooms. You'll see hot air balloons in the morning and soaring hawks all day long. The road runners will often challenge you on the flats.