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California Central Coast

Summary

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The roads, the scenery, the mild weather, the wine country, the inviting towns with quaint inns and restaurants: it’s no wonder that the California Central Coast region is such a popular bike touring destination.

Road bike
6 days
334 km / 208 mi
$ 2,595.-
  • Charming Inns.
  • Excellent meals, five breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners.
  • Hybrid or alloy road bike rental – carbon road bike or E-bike available for an upgrade fee
  • Cycling guide and SAG support (drinks, snacks, repairs).
  • Private Guided Tours for 4 or more cyclists. Can start any day.

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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
334 km / 208 mi
Climbing
1700 m / 5577 ft
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, half board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
18 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
04 Nov 2018 - 09 Nov 2018
19 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019
23 Apr 2019 - 28 Apr 2019
For tour date November 4 limited space.
For four or more cyclist the tour can start on any date. Price from $2396 per person.
Start
San Jose (9.00)
Finish
Santa Barbara (12.00)
Airport at start
San Jose Int. Airport (SJC)
Airport at finish
Santa Barbara Regional Airport (SBA)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,595.-
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.
$ 995.-

Itinerary

Day 1:Paso Robles warm up loop 29mi/46km

Our tour begins when we meet in the morning in San Jose. After a brief introductory meeting, we transfer to the Wine Country town of Paso Robles.
Upon arrival in Paso Robles, we take a warm-up ride through the rolling orchards and vineyards surrounding Paso Robles. Tonight's stay is at Paso Robles Inn, a historic boutique hotel locating in downtown Paso Robles.

Day 2: Paso Robles – Templeton – Nacimiento loop 41mi/66km or 57mi/91km

After breakfast in Paso Robles, our first full stage takes us on an even bigger loop through the rolling hills of wine country. With over 32,000 acres of planted vineyards, today's ride is sure to be scenic. Stop in to any that catch your eye, there are tasting rooms sprinkled throughout the route,most specializing in Zinfandel and Rhone varietals. Lodging tonight is back in Paso Robles where you'll have an on your own evening to explore town.

Day 3:Paso Robles - Avila Beach 46mi/74km or 60mi/96km

After breakfast at our hotel, our route takes us over the coastal range to the Pacific Coast and the harbor town of Morro Bay. The stage's finish is at the water's edge, where you can watch the fishing boats, sea birds and harbor seals. Today involves a short shuttle at the end of the ride, busy roads have never been our favorite to ride! Our destination for the evening is along the ocean at Avila Beach, where our lodging for the night is Avila Lighthouse Suites. Relax in your room or stroll the beach before dinner together at a location nearby.

Day 4:Santa Maria to Santa Ynez 49mi/78km

After another hearty breakfast and a shuttle through to the best part of the cycling route, we pedal out of Santa Maria Valley and inland once again through the rolling pastures and oak studded hillsides that recline beneath the majestic San Rafael Mountains. Here we are treated to one of the Top Ten bike rides: Foxen Canyon and Ballard Canyon. Remote and scenic, this route rolls past quiet pastures and wineries with unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. Our first town to visit is the Danish influenced Solvang, known for its quaint Scandinavian architecture and Old World hospitality. The feedzone is at the Solvang Coffee Co, where you can re-caffeinate and re-fuel before we then roll towards our destination for the night: Santa Ynez, an even tinier hideaway. Our lodging for the next two nights is the elegant and luxurious Santa Ynez Inn, a Victorian bed and breakfast.

Day 5:Santa Ynez "Rest" Day 42mi/67km (optional)

Day 5 in Santa Ynez is officially a "rest" day. But since cyclists on a multi-stage tour know that riding on "rest" days is a good idea, there are a few rides to choose from. You may choose to join a casual ride to explore more of the local area. You may wish to revisit Solvang and its myriad shops and tasting rooms. You may decide to test your climbing legs on a local climb. Or you may truly want a rest day to luxuriate at the Santa Ynez Inn's spa.

Day 6: Santa Ynez Morning Promenade 17mi/27km

The final stage of the tour is a morning promenade on another great ride that roughly follows the individual time trial route the pros rode in the Amgen Tour of California. We once again get to experience that little slice of cycling heaven, Ballard Canyon, but this time in the opposite direction. Then it's a fast spin back to Santa Ynez to clean up, before we transfer you back to our meeting location in San Jose.

Map & Routes

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scott-rental-bike Premium, full carbon Scott road bike, Ultegra equipped.
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