Big Sur - The greatest meeting of land & sea. A 90-mile cycling stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful Pacific coastline, bordered by Carmel to the north and San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south.
Scenic Highway One winds along its length, tucked between the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and the rocky Pacific Coast.
347 km / 216 mi
Average short distance is 37 miles, the average long distance is about 60 miles.
Excellent meals and accommodation.
Five nights lodging in Big Sur, Ragged Point, Cambria, Paso Robles.
Three breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners inclusive.
Cycling guide and SAG support (drinks, snacks, repairs).
Hybrid E-bike or carbon road bike available for an upgrade fee
Private Guided Tours for 4 or more cyclists, can start any day $2595 pp.
Deposit for this tour is $750 pp.
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
347 km / 216 mi
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, half board
Daily luggage transfers
17 May 2020 - 22 May 2020 09 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020 06 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 11 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020
For four or more cyclist the tour can start on any date.
We carry mostly Cannondales with some Specialized. Out full carbon bikes have either Ultegra or 105
upgrade hybride E-bike
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.
Day 1: Monterey to Big Sur
After meeting in San Jose, your guides will then shuttle you to our starting location in Monterey. Today’s route takes us along 17-Mile Drive through famous Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea, then south along Highway 1 for our journey along the coast. You’ll pass over the iconic Bixby Bridge and into the welcoming embrace of Big Sur, eventually arriving at our lodging for the night, Glen Oaks. We’ll enjoy a team dinner this evening at a nearby restaurant perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific.
Miles: 43 Meals included: Dinner
Day 2: Big Sur to Ragged Point
Today we dive into the heart of Big Sur, witnessing the raw and rugged beauty on offer at every twist in the tarmac. The route is long and challenging, with three categorized climbs along Highway 1 and small rolling terrain in between. After refueling at a feed zone on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you can choose to tackle the daily Bighorn Ride on the out and back spur to the summit of Nacimiento Ferguson Road. 7 miles up, 7 miles down and a perfect 10 in our book. Today’s destination is the Ragged Point Inn, perched on a cliff over the ocean with no shortage of memorable vistas. Every room has a full or partial ocean or mountain view to compliment the crashing sound of waves that are ready to lull you to sleep.
Miles: 48 – 58 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner
Day 3: Ragged Point to Cambria
No rush this morning as we have a shorter course to tackle on mostly flat terrain to the quaint town of Cambria. Stop in at Hearst Castle if you’re interested in learning about the history and fame of this media magnate. Our lodging for the next two nights is in Cambria at the Rigdon House, a historic bed & breakfast style hotel with 11 spacious rooms. Take the time to get settled and kick the legs up before taking a walk of the town to check out the shops and cafés. A wine and cheese reception is held at the hotel in the late afternoon so don’t lose too much track of time. Dinner tonight is within walking distance and often a favorite of the week.
Miles: 24 Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4: Rest Day or Ride to Morro Bay
We will spend an additional day exploring the regions around Cambria, so cyclists may choose to join an optional bike ride down the coast to Morro Bay, stroll the charming shops of Cambria or Moonstone Beach or schedule a massage at a day spa. If you came for the riding and seek another dose of that ride-fueled endorphin rush, then follow your guide up Old Creek Road before a technical descent of Santa Rosa Road back to the hotel. Dinner tonight is on your own, so cyclists may choose any one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the Rigdon House.
Miles: up to 52 Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5: Cambria to Paso Robles
Today we travel inland, heading away from the coast and into the wine region of Paso Robles. To get there, we spin along a beautiful creekside country road - but the cost of this beauty is one of the steepest grades in all of California. Then it’s on to our feedzone stop at a winery, a great place to stretch and rest the legs followed by a descent past countless rows of vines into the town square. A tasting is included today if you’re interested in sampling some local wines. Our lodging tonight is in the heart of downtown Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Inn. Explore their beautiful grounds and be sure to stroll through town before we reconvene for a final team dinner at one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
Miles: 40 – 50 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Peachy Canyon Loop, Depart San Jose
The final day of the tour heads deep into the Paso Robles wine country on one of the prettiest cycling roads anywhere: Peachy Canyon, with its winding curves through vineyards and walnut groves. We then return to Paso Robles to shower, pack up, and grab a bite to eat in town. A final van transfer will deliver you back to our meeting location in San Jose.
Miles: 32 Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
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