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Big Sur Coast bike ride

Summary

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Ride the entire Big Sur Coastline from Carmel-by the Sea to San Luis Obispo on this Intermediate level tour. We’ve been waiting for years for Highway One to reopen so we could ride here again! From Pebble Beach to Hearst Castle view crashing surf, elephant seals and the southern-most redwood forest. South of Cambria, pedal through famous coastal communities like Morro Bay and Pismo Beach. Inland, ride through some of “golden”California’s finest terrain: wide valleys of vineyards flanked by rolling hilsides covered in scattered groves of live (evergreen) oak. Explore Edna Valley, producer of premium wines. And host to a diverse array of charming wineries.

Road bike
6 days
325 km / 202 mi
$ 3,398.-
  • 17 miles drive
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • Elephant seal beach
  • Morro Bay
  • Edna Valley’s vineyards
  • Deposit 25%

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
325 km / 202 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
08 Aug 2022 - 13 Aug 2022
15 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022
Start date Aug. 15 alternate lodging Carmel
Start
San Jose
Finish
San Jose
Airport at start
Internationale luchthaven San Jose (Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport)
Airport at finish
Internationale luchthaven San Jose (Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport)

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 3,398.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 917.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Meet in San Jose. Cruise 17-mile drive and Pebble Beach on your way to Carmel-by -the -Sea

Meet us in San Jose, CA. Head out to bicycle one of the most famous roads in the region: iconic 17-Mile Drive. Stunning coastal vistas unspool as we ride past Pebble Beach’s fabled mansions and golf course, through pine forest and along the oceanfront, passing the reefs and tide pools of Bird Rock, the white sands of breathtaking Fanshell Beach and the famed Lone Cypress tree. Watch for deer, black cormorants, brown pelicans and California sea lions. Spend tonight at Tradewinds in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where Clint Eastwood once held office as mayor.
Meals: L, D Lodging: Tradewinds
distance: 30 miles (or more) Elevation +1453 ft / - 1196 ft

Day 2: Ride the coast south from Carmel across the Bixby bridge to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – home to the soutern-most redwood forest.

Pedal the weathered coastline from Carmel-by-the-Sea to the community of Big Sur. Follow the dramatic knolls and tumbled rock headlands of the Cabrillo Highway (aka Highway One): enormous live oaks, green-and-gold hillsides, pale sand dunes and the blue Pacific Ocean. Ride across Bixby Bridge, a historic open-spandrel arch bridge that brought automobile travel to the central coast. Finish cycling early in the afternoon. Relax at the hotel or take advantage of the beach or one the amazing hikes at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Stay at the Fernwood Resort
Meals: B, L, D Lodging: Fernwood Resort, Big Sur
Distance: 31 miles, Elevation +2234 ft / -2320 ft.

Day 3: Pedal the most dramatic and remote section of central California coastline

Ride south today from Big Sur to Ragged Point on the most spectacular, rugged, and remote section of the central California coastline. The road is carved into the seaside cliffs and a new stunning seascape opens up around every corner. It’s a long day so you may want a boost over the first (or last) climb. This is not a problem at all – whatever transportation you choose the vistas are unforgettable! Contemplate the end of a great day with cliff-top cuisine and a great view at Ragged Point Inn
Meals: B, L, D Lodging: Ragged Point Inn
Distance: 50 miles (or less), Elevation +5315 ft / -5117 ft.

Day 4: Rolling coastal hills. Hearst Castle, an elephant seal beach, delightful Cambria

Take one last look from on-high before we descend from Ragged Point. South of here, a swath of rolling hills guards the coastline from the steep mountains and the road runs closer to the water. The rock outcroppings dotting the waters just offshore may be a hazard to ships, but they also provide prime marine life habitat. Pause to visit one of only two beaches in California where elephant seals come ashore in late fall to mate and teach their young to swim. After lunch by the beach, enjoy a guided tour of journalism baron William Randolph Hearst’s opulent home in San Simeon – Hearst Castle. Lodging is at Cambria’s Rigdon House a historic boutique hotel. Dinner is on your own in town, with plenty to choose from within easy walking distance.
Meals: B, L. Lodging: Rigdon House
Distance: 24 miles (or more), Elevation +972 ft / -1257 ft. (or more)

Day 5: Cycle through Morro Bay on your way to Pismo Beach and dig your toes into the sand!

Today’s ride is a veritable variety show. Sweeping curves of coastline are punctuated by surfers and beachgoers. Rolling fields and pastures are dotted with live oaks, racehorses, and honest-to-goodness cowboys. While the mileage is longer today, the hills are not as challenging as they were along Big Sur. Refuel your legs with a seaside picnic lunch in Morro Bay beneath landmark Morro Rock. Continue bicycling south to the white sands of Pismo Beach, halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Go for a swim in the ocean to cool off, or just soak up some rays by the surf. Relax and enjoy beachfront lodging and dining at SeaVenture Beach Hotel the only hotel and restaurant (literally) on Pismo Beach!
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: SeaVenture Beach Hotel
Distance: 48 miles Elevation +1737 ft / - 1773 ft

Day 6: “Wine”down with a tour through Edna Valley’s vineyards. Return to San Jose.

Wind (“wine?”) down with a peaceful inland ride on country roads past the vineyards of Edna Valley outside San Luis Obispo. Known predominantly for its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs – stop for a taste of the region’s finest and make a toast to a wonderful week. Have lunch on your own at a market restaurant outside town while we load bikes for the drive back to San Jose (about 3.5 hours, traffic depending).
Meals; b, lunch is on your own
Distance: 19 miles (or more) Elevation +1333 ft / - 1145 ft (or more)

While it is indeed a spectacular route, much of the cycling on this tour is along Highway One. Riders should be comfortable cycling on a highway with some traffic.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included:

Lodging
Meals: all included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner.
Road / Hybrid Bike, ( E-bike rent possible)
Luggage transfer.
Hearst Castle, hiking

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuities guides

Lodging:

Tradewinds
Fernwood Resort, Big Sur
Ragged Point Inn
Rigdon House
SeaVenture Beach Hotel
The hotels, Inns, and B&Bs we use are always among the finest the area has to offer. Our smaller group sizes(max. 13) allow us to stay at some award-winning places that can’t handle groups of 25 or more. We work closely with the innkeepers to make sure they understand your needs and ours, whether that is having a place to store your bike, an early morning breakfast or a convenient place to park the van, they are as committed to your vacation experience as we are.
Lodging is based upon two people to a room with a private bath. If you’re traveling solo on any of our trips, we’ll assign you a roommate of the same gender and often of the same age bracket. There is no extra charge if we can’t find you a roommate, even if you sign up the day before the trip starts. You can guarantee yourself a private room and bath if you pay the Single Room Fee. Occasionally a room with two beds consists of one bed plus a rollaway bed or sofa bed.

Vaccine or test: A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Fastroad E+Ex Pro, Woman's E-bike thrive E+Ex Pro

So smooth, so efficient, it feels like flying. This lightweight flyer combines the sporty feel of a road bike with the added confidence and control of a flat handlebar.
The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse Seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding, and weekend adventures.
Components: Advanced-Grade composite fork, TRP Flat mount disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra 2×10 with 11×34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless, wheelset 700x28c
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