Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

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Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Post by TriD » Thu, 24 Sep 1998 04:00:00



I would say:

San Diego, CA
Eugene, OR
Victoria, BC
Seattle, WA

In about that order.
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Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Post by dan.wa.. » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:


> I would say:

> San Diego, CA
> Eugene, OR
> Victoria, BC
> Seattle, WA

> In about that order.

I thought that Corvallis, OR was exceptional as well!

Dan

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Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Post by Matt beaugar » Sat, 26 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:





> > I would say:

> > San Diego, CA
> > Eugene, OR
> > Victoria, BC
> > Seattle, WA

> > In about that order.

> I thought that Corvallis, OR was exceptional as well!

        I would have to add state college, pa to the equation.  The only
drawback is that we have a winter.  However, I know I don't plan on
training hard core year around so the winters are nice.  And having the
winters off don't seam to hurt the local fast guys - I've run with the
course record holder at the Great Floridian and the Florida Challenge,
as well as a former member of the Junior National team and 3rd amateur
at Mrs. T's, and QR (or at least he used to be) sponsored Mac Martin.
I've also heard that Jeff Devlin use to train here.  And of the first 9
members of PSU tri club 4 have turned pro.

        The bike riding around here is great.  You can get in relatively flat
rides if you like or you can run up and down the ridges all day.  Also
there are enough people in the area that there are secondary roads that
are paved decently but you don't have to worry about cars.  Running wise
there are probably close to 50 miles of trails within running distance
of my dorm with more great trails available by car.  Plus there are
enough people to train with.

Matt

 
 
 

Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Post by hu.. » Sat, 26 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:





> > > I would say:

> > > San Diego, CA
> > > Eugene, OR
> > > Victoria, BC
> > > Seattle, WA

> > > In about that order.

> > I thought that Corvallis, OR was exceptional as well!

>    I would have to add state college, pa to the equation.  The only
> drawback is that we have a winter.

And it would be difficult to move State College to the West Coast...  It may
be one of the better East coast places to train, but I'd have to say the
Baltimore area would be pretty competitive in that category as well.

 However, I know I don't plan on

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Quote:
> training hard core year around so the winters are nice.  And having the
> winters off don't seam to hurt the local fast guys - I've run with the
> course record holder at the Great Floridian and the Florida Challenge,
> as well as a former member of the Junior National team and 3rd amateur
> at Mrs. T's, and QR (or at least he used to be) sponsored Mac Martin.
> I've also heard that Jeff Devlin use to train here.  And of the first 9
> members of PSU tri club 4 have turned pro.

>    The bike riding around here is great.  You can get in relatively flat
> rides if you like or you can run up and down the ridges all day.  Also
> there are enough people in the area that there are secondary roads that
> are paved decently but you don't have to worry about cars.  Running wise
> there are probably close to 50 miles of trails within running distance
> of my dorm with more great trails available by car.  Plus there are
> enough people to train with.

> Matt

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Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Post by Varun Madh » Sat, 26 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I dont think you can claim the cities with large cycling
populations as being cycling friendly as well. It stands
to reason that the more cyclists there are, the more they
will echo the general population, ergo obnoxious behavior,
'I own the road' etc. ; groups formed for the sake of forming a group
tend to average the faculties anyway. You may, of course, try
to distinguish between real cyclists and the weekend
warriors though.
Probably the honours for being cycling-friendly go to the smaller
towns such as that stated by dan.wachs. Out here, in West Lafayette
(a college town) one finds the student population (most of which
observes the bicycle as a transportation medium everyday)
as being way more assertive (read what-are-you-doing-on-the-road)
than the locals/farmers you meet on the road, and the riding gets
better the farther you head out. Demonstrations such as critical
mass rides are a statement of bike popularity, but I doubt if
they actually lead to bike-friendliness. But then, maybe bike-awareness
is a whole different thing from bike-friendliness anyway. Different
means for different goals I suppose.
Ummh.. did I go off on a tangent?

Quote:



>> > San Diego, CA
>> > Eugene, OR
>> > Victoria, BC
>> > Seattle, WA

>> > In about that order.

>> I thought that Corvallis, OR was exceptional as well!

>    I would have to add state college, pa to the equation.  The only
>drawback is that we have a winter.  However, I know I don't plan on

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Please vote for the triathlete-friendly cities in west coast, USA

Post by TriD » Sun, 27 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> I dont think you can claim the cities with large cycling
> populations as being cycling friendly as well. It stands
> to reason that the more cyclists there are, the more they
> will echo the general population, ergo obnoxious behavior,
> 'I own the road' etc. ; groups formed for the sake of forming a group
> tend to average the faculties anyway. You may, of course, try
> to distinguish between real cyclists and the weekend
> warriors though.

When I posted my list I pondered that.  First off, I not only
thought of the city, but the whole metro area.  Seattle is a
nice city to train in as it hardly ever snows, and there is a
plethora of bike trails, and areas that are closed to cars for
interval training.

The problem with Seattle is the total lack for Triathlon Shops.

As to San Diego, if you have not been there as a triathlete, you
owe your self a visit, as it is Mecca. It hosts more races, more
shops and more folks training than you could shake a aerobar at.

Rob
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