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Routes for a freeloader around Monterey & Santa Cruz?(8 posts)

Routes for a freeloader around Monterey & Santa Cruz?Cory
Oct 20, 2003 8:41 AM
The tragic truth is that I wound up with some leftover vacation I need to take, and a friend offered his boat in Monterey, right next to the wharf, as a place to sleep & shower. I'm familiar with the area (lived in Santa Cruz as a kid, went to San Jose State), so I know the tourist attractions, but I haven't ridden there much. Anybody have any recommendations for roads I shouldn't miss? I'm thinking 30-60 miles a day, except for the days I decide to slide a brunch between breakfast and lunch and then take a nice nap....
re: Routes for a freeloader around Monterey & Santa Cruz?No_sprint
Oct 20, 2003 8:48 AM
There's a group that leaves out of the Crows Nest in Santa Cruz and does various routes, they splinter into a long and a short. It's a great group and a great ride. I'm a racer here in SoCal and I strained to keep up with the NoCal racers on the long loop. I don't remember now what time they leave.

I've ridden around Freedom Blvd. all the way from Santa Cruz to Monterey. Riding around Larken Valley is nice.

Get a Krebs map. It's a cycling oriented map.

I've also heard of a nice rec type group ride out of Pacific Grove.
Saturday Morning ride in Monterey, very fast.huez
Oct 20, 2003 10:06 AM
Leave from the DoubleTree hotel at 7:15. Two groups. The fast group has 3-4 National Masters champs, some fast MTB pro women, former MTB pros, fast MTB experts, and a few fast Cat2 roadies, and some other fast guys.

Thats if you want fast. The scenery is incredible, especially on a clear day. Unfortunately you wont be able to enjoy much of it on the fast ride.

The slow ride should be good too.

Yes, Carmel Valley is nice with lots of turns (like Robinson Canyon) you can take to make a VERY nice ride. Call Carmel Bicycles in Carmel Valley, WInning wheels in Pacific Grove, or Joselyn's in Monterey for specifics.
Oh yeahgeorge_da_trog
Oct 20, 2003 5:39 PM
That ride hurt. I've been wanting to go back. I got dropped but I'm pretty sure I can hang longer now.

2 obvious routesDougSloan
Oct 20, 2003 8:53 AM
The 2 obvious, must do, routes are

1. South on 1
2. East on Carmel Valley Road (take 1 south, then left)

They are both "out and backs" largely, but nice scenery.

Tooling around on the penninsula, Pacific Grove, 17 mile drive, Carmel, is fun, too.

Monterey Bay RidesSabine
Oct 20, 2003 1:00 PM
We've got some Monterey area rides on our website here:

Not to be missed:
17 Mile Drive
Aptos Valley
Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz
Carmel Valley
re: Routes for a freeloader around Monterey & Santa Cruz?snapdragen
Oct 20, 2003 6:36 PM

Here a a few from a member of my bike club.
Here's the best...peter1
Oct 20, 2003 7:00 PM
From Monterey, take Highway 68 toward Salinas, then right over Laureles Grade (burly, burly climb, gaining I think 1200 feet in a few miles, but you'll see 60 mph on the downhill on a road bike), then right on Carmel Valley Road into Carmel, stop at beach for a snack, then right onto 17 mile drive and back to Monterey on Ocean View blvd. Total: 45 miles, or more, depending on how much time you spend in Pebble Beach. You'll see every type of terrain and environment in the area. bring arm warmers or windbreaker/vest.

A good out and back is to take Highway 68 to River Road outside Salinas, then head south until you get bored or tired, then turn around.

I've ridden Highway 1 south during the week, and it's not bad as far as dangerous traffic. Only if you've got bright clothing, however...