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Momentum Magazine -- Dr. Esteban del Rio, an assistant professor at the University of San Diego, believes that “one of the greatest things about San Diego is that we have the mountains. So, 40 miles [64 kilometers] out of the city, you’re 6,000 feet up.” It’s this radical topography – made up of canyons and river valleys, coupled with rugged terrain – that can make cycling in the county both challenging and incredibly rewarding.

The terrain, coupled with the rise of the automobile, all but dictated the county’s built environment. The automobile became the dominant mode of transportation and bicycling was soon relegated to fitness enthusiasts – thousands of road racers and triathletes train along the county’s coast every weekend – along with environmental ascetics and those too poor to drive. (Full Story)

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