Day 1 – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TO COSTANOA
Santa Cruz North/Costanoa KOA is an eco-adventure resort designed to encourage guests to explore the stunning beauty of the protected California coastline. This KOA creates many opportunities to retreat from the chaos of everyday life through hiking, mountain biking, music, art exhibits, kayaking, spa treatments and other activities. The campground strives to develop programs and methods to reinforce its uncompromising commitment to the environment. At this campground, the most visible landmark is Pigeon Point Lighthouse, just three miles north. This distinctive lighthouse has watched over the sheer cliffs and rocky shore since 1872. Its white tower has weathered shipwrecks, rumrunners, a fire, earthquakes, modern technology and even politics. We offer an array of activities from guided naturalist hikes, horseback riding, and kayaking to art exhibits, mountain biking, and Spa treatments. The Cascade Bar & Grille serves California coastal cuisine, including local California wines and seafood. Costanoa is committed to reducing the impact of our operation on the environment in which we live and work. We are constantly developing new programs and methods to reinforce our commitment to the environment and to social responsibility.
Day 2 – RIDE COSTANOA TO MONTEREY
Veteran's Memorial Park is a popular and beautiful 50 acre park in the forested hills of Monterey. Located only a mile from Downtown Monterey, this park is an affordable and fun way to stay overnight in the Monterey Peninsula. Besides campgrounds, the park includes hiking trails under towering Monterey Pine forest and bay views. You will also find BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf and lawn playfield and a basketball court. The Park has 40 campsites, 30 of which can accommodate trailers. Hikers and bikers (non-motorized) are welcome. Each site has a table and a barbecue pit. Water can be obtained from faucets located in the camping area. Restrooms and showers are available.
Day 3 – RIDE FROM MONTEREY TO BIG SUR - Classic Coastal Scenery
Big Sur CA
This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Some campsites are along the Big Sur River. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park .The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store. Meeting rooms have space for groups of 10 to 125. Other rooms are available for smaller meetings and workshops, some with fireplaces and kitchens. Hikers can enjoy 8 miles of hiking trails within the park and over 200 miles of trails in the Ventana Wilderness (USFS) which borders the park. Overlooks provide views of the Big Sur Valley and the Big Sur River Gorge. There is no coastal access from this park.
Day 4 – RIDE BIG SUR TO CAMBRIA
Come discover the preferred destination of travelers visiting the Santa Ynez Valley, the Holiday Inn Express Solvang. We are centrally located in the Danish Town of Solvang, walking distance to all of its major attractions. It is best known for its shopping, restaurants, chocolate factories and wine tasting rooms! Our hotel is centrally located within Santa Barbara County's Wine Valley. The Holiday Inn Express Solvang is within minutes to Vandenberg Air Force Base, renowned Wineries such as Firestone, Gainey, Buttonwood and Rusack.
Day 5 – RIDE FROM SANTA YNEZ TO VENTURA - Rollers Descending to Coast
Day 6 – RIDE FROM VENTURA TO SANTA MONICA
McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in California, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore. More than 200,000 species of birds can be found in the area. A nature trail leads to the Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve. Two miles of beach provide surfing and fishing opportunities, however, swimmers are urged to use caution because of strong currents and riptides. The park offers campsites by the beach.
San Francisco-Los Angeles Cycling Tour (based on double occupancy)
|Based on 6 participants||1687 $/person||2538 $/person|
|Based on 8 participants||1479 $/person||2206 $/person|
|Based on 10 participants*||1565 $/person||2402 $/person|
|Based on 12 participants*||1710 $/person||2508 $/person|
15-passenger Van ground Transportation (12-participants per van)
Professional, knowledgeable, and safety certified trip leaders for the duration of your trip - Wilderness First Responder certified
ALL Nights of Lodging in hotel (double occupancy) for hotel option OR
1 night Hotel 4 Nights Camping – All camping equipment provided excluding sleeping bags
Park permit, ride permits, and camping permits
Well supplied aid stations during rides (fully stocked with wide variety of snacks and drinks)
Snacks, water and drinks for vehicle transfers, picnic lunches on all ride days
Local knowledge and advice on dining locations, as well as a vehicle shuttle if outside of walking distance
Basic bike maintenance during trip
Gratuities for all vendors (excluding Pure Adventures trip leader)
- air travel and airport transfers
- pre and post trip lodging
- tips for guides
- bike rentals
- bikes and sleeping bags - available with choices for supplements
Level 4 - long version - The coastal riding on the long versions shown is over 60 miles per day on average with a lot of short up and down climbs accumulating an important amount of elevation gain most days. The riding mileage chosen dictates your degree of difficulty; the riding is challenging for regular cyclists over the week. We recommend road bikes for all participants.
Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
San Francisco & LA add ons
Custom tours for groups
Bike rental options for this tour: Specialized Allez Elite with Tiagra - $225US plus tax for the duration of the tour. Other road bike options: Specialized Roubaix Sport with Shimano 105 - $285US plus tax for the duration of the tour. Trek Emonda SL6 with Ultegra - $390US plus tax for the duration of the tour. Specialized Tarmac SL4 w Pro Disk Ultegra Di2 - $585US plus tax for the duration of the tour. When you rent: Upon meeting your guide at the start of the trip your bike will be ready to ride including a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, CO2 inflator, tire lever, and multi-tool. You will only be responsible for bringing your pedals, shoes, and any other personal cycling equipment (GPS computer, saddle, etc.). Helmets are required on our trips, and you are welcome to bring your own, however, we can provide one for you upon request if needed. You may also send us your stack and reach measurements for the bike to be set up by our professional mechanics. Stack and reach? Huh? No need to worry! If you do not know your measurements we’ll spend some time before our first ride getting your bike dialed in to ensure it’s comfortable and properly fitted to you. Would you like to bring your own bike? You are welcome to do so; and if you wanted to ship it ahead of time or need help building up your bike, we do offer a service to assist you with you own bike and we do have some policies around what we can accommodate. For example, we do not permit tandem bicycles, recumbents, aero bars, TT/triathlon bikes, or unicycles on our trips. To see our complete policy and shipping/travel tipsBike Guide to Bringing your Own bike or you can also Contact us by email. Navigation: Throughout your cycling trip there may be periods of time where you or a small group will be short distances from other guests or guides. To ensure you follow the correct route, we will provide a mobile app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone with the routes pre-loaded for you to follow. Your guide will also have hard copies of maps and cue sheets to pass out if needed. We do not provide any GPS devices or mounting hardware. If you would like to mount your phone to your bike we recommend checking out the Quad Lock mounting system, or you can keep it in your jersey pocket.
Our Destination guide will give you general travel info about this country; best time to travel, interesting sites, airports, weather, and more. We will include a PDF summary of this tour as well.