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US - San Francisco to Los Angeles Cycling Tour
Join us for an amazing cycling adventure linking California’s most iconic cities. Highway 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. Our challenging route traverses the movie-magic producing coast of the world, but these California miles open up to nothing less than the ideal setting for a classic adventure story. From the seats of our bicycles, we immerse ourselves in an exhilarating cycling experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 350 plus -mile route along the nation’s most famous coast will take 6 days of riding to complete. Take a smile-inducing breath of fresh air first thing in the morning, sipping your coffee, your eyes falling on the storybook landscape that’s to be the back drop of our journey. Stretch your legs and start pedaling. The climate and topography are perfect for fantastic biking routes that fill our days with epic climbs and journeys through numerous attractions along the coast. The views and laid back California culture along this ride will soothe the healthy aches and exhaustion – get ready for an awesome ride. Come and cycle with us to the City of Angels. This trip available in hotel lodging or camping.
2017 Departures: May 21-26 (lodge based); June 11-16 (camp based); Sept 10-15 (camp based); Oct 8-13 (lodge based) | Free California Cycling Guide

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 Day 1 – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TO COSTANOA

Day 1 – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TO COSTANOA

Meet at 9am in central city hotel (Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf - not included) and then we bid farewell to San Francisco and begin our odyssey to the City of Angels. In just a few short miles, we’ll be traveling on Highway 1, the iconic route that stretches the length of the American Pacific coastline. Right away, we’re separated from the urban sprawl by the coastal mountains’ rolling foothills. Glimpse the fringes of great Redwood forests in the distance as the highway rolls and winds through laid back beach towns and solitary countryside. After a refueling rest by the crashing surf we pedal onwards through low, grassy hills and local vegetable farms. We’ll start working up a healthy dinner appetite as we pass plots of artichokes, beans, and pumpkins, many of which terminate directly across the highway from the beach. Tonight, we set up our first camp together at a homey, forested campground just a few minutes inland. Trails meander from our site down to the beach for evening stargazing.

| LODGING: KOA Campground | RIDING: 60 mi (97 km) | ELEVATION: + 4239 ft/ - 4129 ft | Lodging Upgrade: Costanoa Lodge Recommended: At least 1 night prior lodging on your own at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf or nearby property.  

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Costanoa-Santa Cruz

Costanoa -KOASanta 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.

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Amenities

Closed Parking Pets Allowed Handicap Accessible Horseback Riding Internet Access Cable TV

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Day 2 – RIDE COSTANOA TO MONTEREY

Day 2 – RIDE COSTANOA TO MONTEREY

Wake up to the fresh salt breeze mingling with the delicious smell of morning coffee. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we’ll saddle up and depart on the second leg of our journey. The morning takes us over wooded hills and curves in and out of the artichoke fields, though we’re never too far from the sea. Around lunchtime, navigate the beachside roads of Santa Cruz, whose lovely, sandy beaches and campy tourist boardwalk beg for photos. Scuba divers can be spotted entering the ocean along the borders of the town, collecting data from some of the richest kelp bed ecosystems on the Pacific Coast. Our afternoon holds a low elevation profile as the landscape morphs into flat coastal plain, giving us a chance to stretch our legs and coast a bit. Tonight, set up camp only meters away from the rolling waves at our site at Fort Ord State Park on Monterey Bay.

LODGING: Fort Ord State Park | RIDING: 63 mi (101 km) | ELEVATION: + 3429 ft/ - 3492 ft | Lodging Upgrade: Comfort Inn Monterey  

Monterey – Veteran’s Memorial Park

Monterey CA

Monterey – Veteran’s Memorial ParkVeteran'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.

Monterey – Veteran’s Memorial Park


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Day 3 – RIDE FROM MONTEREY TO BIG SUR - Classic Coastal Scenery

Day 3 – RIDE FROM MONTEREY TO BIG SUR - Classic Coastal Scenery

After leaving camp, we travel through Monterey via its scenic bike paths, passing the town waterfront and John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Before rejoining Highway 1, pass through the elegant resort community bordering the celebrated Pebble Beach, home to some of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments. Our road then turns away from civilization and re-enters a tranquil section of oceanside highway similar to the beautiful hill country we’ve seen on our northern rides. The afternoon, however, brings us to a lush landscape of arboreal slopes as we approach the southern stronghold of the Redwood Forests. Thousands of years old and upwards of 100 meters tall, these massive conifers tower over every other organism. Today’s ride leaves time to explore the trails among these colossal trees, making us feel as though we’re entering the most prehistoric of old growth timber.

LODGING: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park | RIDING: 51 mi (82 km) | ELEVATION: + 6274 ft / - 5610 ft | Lodging Upgrade: Fern Wood Resort  

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur CA

Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkThis 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.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


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Day 4 – RIDE BIG SUR TO CAMBRIA

Day 4 – RIDE BIG SUR TO CAMBRIA

Our misty woodland campsite is the perfect morning spot to wake up before we pack up to leave the Redwoods of Big Sur. Today we pedal south, tall forests shrinking to chaparral, or scrub grassland, all around us. Highway 1 hugs the sides of steep headlands for much of today’s route, climbing to loftier heights and offering us soaring views over the ocean. Below us, the waters teem with life, giving us the rare chance to spot a huge California Sea Lion or the more elusive Sea Otter. After a ride of quad-burning ups and downs, celebrate with a delicious meal and afternoon of fun at Cambria Beach Park. Later, we trade bicycles for van transport and put our feet up for a bit. Watch the hills fly by as we skip over the less scenic portion of the journey for a hotel stay in Santa Ynez this evening.

TRANSFER: 100 mile transfer from Cambria to Santa Ynez | LODGING: Holiday Inn Express Solvang - Santa Ynez | RIDING: 70 mi (113 km) | ELEVATION: + 8682 ft / - 8887 ft  

Holiday Inn Express - Solvang Santa Ynez

Solvang CA

Holiday Inn Express - Solvang Santa YnezCome 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.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 5 – RIDE FROM SANTA YNEZ TO VENTURA - Rollers Descending to Coast

Day 5 – RIDE FROM SANTA YNEZ TO VENTURA - Rollers Descending to Coast

Southern California’s vineyard-laden grasslands take the place of the coastal mists we’ve become so accustomed to as we stretch our legs along the first few miles this morning. Traversing the arid, hilly region between Santa Ynez and the shoreline passes quickly, and the beaches welcome us back for the remainder of the ride. The warmer southern seas raise the air temperature just enough to give us visions of the palm trees and white sands we’ll be strolling through soon. Pedal through the idyllic seaside city of Santa Barbara, pausing to take in the views - and a tasty lunch! From here, we continue along the curving coast road, the verdant mountains rising above on to the east. Our camp tonight boarders the estuary of the Santa Clara River, an excellent area to bird-watch for eagles, herons, and egrets.

LODGING: McGrath Campground | RIDING: 75 mi (121 km) | ELEVATION: + 3588 ft / 3949 ft | Lodging Upgrade: Ventura Beach Comfort Inn  

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Day 6 – RIDE FROM VENTURA TO SANTA MONICA

Day 6 – RIDE FROM VENTURA TO SANTA MONICA

Wake up to balmy southern sunshine and get ready for the final chapter in our saga! We navigate the Ventura city borders until we emerge on a mountainous section of shoreline riddled with shady oak canyons and babbling brooks. On our other side, the pounding waves reveal the occasional pod of dolphins as we travel towards even warmer seas. We pedal further into the star-studded town of Malibu – you may see your favorite celebrity sunning on one of the beaches! Almost as noteworthy are the stunning mansions perched along the hills as we travel through town. We’ll take advantage of the beautiful beaches (and interesting people-watching) for a last stop on the surf line. Further on, Los Angeles grows tantalizingly closer on the horizon. Bends in the highway give ever closer views of the enormous Ferris wheel on Santa Monica pier, pinpointing the finale of our journey together. Finally, the Santa Monica hills give way to quintessential palm-lined streets, leading us at last to our celebratory destination. A well-earned party at the Pier brings our expedition to a fabulous close on the streets of Santa Monica in West LA.

LODGING: Own On | RIDING: 55 mi (89 km) | ELEVATION: + 2017 ft / - 2022 ft  

McGrath State Beach Campground

Ventura CA

McGrath State Beach CampgroundMcGrath 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.

McGrath State Beach Campground


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+ Rates

San Francisco-Los Angeles Cycling Tour (based on double occupancy)

 
Camping
Lodging
Based on 6 participants1687 $/person 2538 $/person
Based on 8 participants1479 $/person 2206 $/person
Based on 10 participants* 1565 $/person 2402 $/person
Based on 12 participants*1710 $/person 2508 $/person
Single Supplement $125$649

*a 2nd guide is added at 9 persons, and a second van with trailer is added at 12 persons.

How do our rates compare? See Why Pure Adventures is Better We include more services, respond quicker, and are there for your entire trip not just part of it. As a US based company, you can pay conveniently and securely. Call us toll free now 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8am-5pm MST); or eMail Us we respond same day to all emails. Our goal is to be better, respond quicker, and save you both time and money. We we will be the best value for the money and time. Don't forget, we offer many destinations and will help you choose the best one for you. Let us help you and make your vacation easy!
+ What's Included?

 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
 Breakfast daily
 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)

Excluded:
- air travel and airport transfers
- pre and post trip lodging
- dinners
- tips for guides
- alcohol
- bike rentals
- bikes and sleeping bags - available with choices for supplements


Lodging

The lodging on this trip is camping except 1 night in a hotel. All camping gear is included except a sleeping bag which you can bring, or you can rent for supplement of $45.

Night 1: 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. Bar/restaurant on site.

Night 2: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.

Night 3: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: 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.

Night 4:Holiday Inn Express Solvang - Santa Ynez

Night 5: 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.

Night 6: Santa Monica/Los Angeles: Lodging on own. We recommend and can book lodging in Santa Monica and will drop all personal materials at our preferred Santa Monica hotel.
 

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Epic coastal riding

- National parks and coastal campgrounds

- supported cycling over challenging routes

- Lodge based option available


Need to Know:

- Prices quoted are samples for either camping or hotel lodging. We can customize each group to add or take out services in order to meet budgets and service level preferences.

- sharing the road with cars; routes do not have bike lanes, but vehicle traffic should be expected on the common cycling routes

2017 Departures: May 21-26 (lodge based); June 11-16 (camp based); Sept 10-15 (camp based); Oct 8-13 (lodge based) Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

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.

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
San Francisco & LA add ons
Custom tours for groups

Participants are on their own for meals and riding if they choose. While offering support for the rides, you are left to ride independent of other participants and free to do what you want for meals. We include a personal cooler you can stock with grocery supplies - we stop with you - and you use it as you wish!  

Local Coordinator

This is a NEW tour product invented by Pure Adventures for the American West! More than self guided; and less restrictive than a guided trip; we bring you SUPPORTED SELF DIRECTED!

Josh (or one of our other trip leaders) has an attention to detail and keen awareness of what makes a great trip which is apparent from the time you meet him. Josh began a National Outdoor Leadership course earning his Wilderness First Responder and even becoming a certified Master of Leave No Trace. In addition to his guide work, Josh utilizes his other talents designing dozens of custom adventures for our guests.

+ Bikes & Gear
 
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.  
 
 
 
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US - San Francisco to Los Angeles Cycling Tour

Tour Type: Guided Road Cycling Level 4
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Distance: 60+ miles per day; short options available
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Availability: May-October 2017
Cost: Starting at US$1479





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