Caitlin Curran Bernstein

Evidence of that history is scattered around San Francisco, which is what makes riding across the city more than a simple commute. Strava’s Caitlin Curran Bernstein, cross racer and Rapha rider, got to know the city by the tried and trusted method of cycling it.

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“This is one of my regular pre-work rides. Most of the city’s rides go over the Golden Gate Bridge, but I’ve chosen one of my typical pre-work rides that heads south to San Bruno. After you work your way west across the city, you get glorious views of the Pacific (and maybe a headwind). Keep heading south until you get to the base of San Bruno - one of the climbs you can see when you drive into the city from the South Bay. The road up San Bruno starts off wide, but once you get halfway up the climb you’re treated to a closed road. The view is, as you might imagine, more than worth the effort.”

Distance: 30.7 miles
Elevation: 2,194 feet

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“The city has the ability to surprise you, even if you’ve been here forever. When you’re in a car, I don’t think you notice it as much. Things just blur together.”

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“But city riding isn’t the only thing that energizes San Francisco’s cyclists – the immediate access to breathtaking roads to the north, south, and east means that there’s always a ride to join. “The cycling community is huge here,” explains Caitlin, “and more than anywhere else you’ll find that people will ride anything, on road or off, on any type of bike. There are diehards who race and train, but there’s also the crowd who are just always out riding, always heading to a new road or trail that they’re stoked on.”

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