The Swamis Ride in SD is one of the best in California. Try it out if you're visiting down here some day. Saturdays at 8:15'ish from B&L Bikes in Solana Beach. Like all group rides, there are places to go hard and places to chill and chat. Being an outsider, I don't know these places, so I missed out on the two sprints ...not that I'd have a chance anyway, what with the ride full of pros, national champs, and assorted other cycling luminaries.
Well, at least the trees appear to be healthy and well irrigated!
Back at the excellent, cycling-friendly Java Depot coffee/smoothie shop nearby where the ride started, I noticed the nice 2-foot-tall photo prints on the walls, including this one above. The C-Walk legend reaches this far south!
A few SoCal masters riders ventured south of the border recently for the La Vuelta Ciclista Mazatlan including the well-known, pointy-elbowed sprintster shown above. (thanks for the pic, MQ!) Next race, he rides that beast he's on while we all use our bikes!