The Big Sur Spectacular covers a lot of terrain over six days of riding, with short and long options. The average short distance is 37 miles, the average long distance is about 60 miles. In case you want to ride farther, we can give you some options for additional miles. If you want to ride less, you can catch a ride in the support vehicle. By using the support vehicle, the mileage on any day can be reduced by as much as you wish.
The pace is whatever each cyclist wants to ride. We encourage all of our cyclists to ride at whatever speed they wish. We will be there to support each rider throughout the day, no matter how slowly or quickly they travel.
Spring and Fall weather in Big Sur and Central California is generally mild, and the days are mostly sunny. Mornings can be cool and afternoons inland can be quite warm. There always is a chance of rain any day of the year. Our best advice is to be prepared for changing weather conditions—the SAG van will carry your extra clothing if you don’t need it.
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Biking on quiet roads is much more pleasant than the alternative, which is why we always pick routes that minimize vehicle traffic. Although the road through Big Sur has the word "highway" it its name, it is about as far from a traditional highway as it gets. It is a winding, scenic road, not a route for high speed drivers to get from point A to point B quickly. The traffic is low for two reasons: drivers have other roads that get them where they are going more quickly, and most of the Big Sur Coast is undeveloped.
When researching a trip, we seek out dining options with healthy, fresh choices typical of California cooking. The restaurants we choose are among the highest rated in the area.
Nobody goes hungry on our trips! One of the joys of riding several hours per day is getting to enjoy the dinner afterwards. We give you the choice of ordering anything on a restaurant's menu. Order appetizers, soup, salad, entree, dessert, and beverages. The only thing that isn't included is alcohol. The only exception to the full menu is when a restaurant has prepared a special dinner for us
Breakfasts are either continental, buffet style, or made to order.
We meet at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip in San Jose, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose
The trip officially ends in the late afternoon on the final day of the tour, in San Jose. You'll have a chance to go for a final spin that morning, shower and pack up your things, and grab a bite to eat before your guides transfer you back to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose.
Cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling socks, cycling shoes, gloves, helmet (mandatory), wind jacket or vest, rain gear (jacket, pants, helmet cover, shoe covers), sunglasses. For colder weather: arm warmers, knee/leg warmers or tights, full fingered gloves, shoe covers, beanie.
Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, business casual evening wear.
Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card, camera.
If you still have questions, please take a look at our general Frequently Asked Questions page. It addresses questions that are common to all tours.
Had a great time cycling on the Desert Escape Tour. Undiscovered Country Bike Tours really know what's needed to provide exceptional service on a fully supported bike adventure. From start to finish everything was taken care of - from great bikes that were accurately sized, to goodie bags, maps, repair kits, drinks and snacks - they had thought of everything. That combined with a great group of people of all ages and abilities made for a very enjoyable experience. The cycling was challenging but lots of fun - everyone could go at their own pace. Scott and Rick, our guides, were very friendly, fun to hang out with and they went out of their way to make sure everyone was looked after. The accommodations were very comfortable and there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the facilities at the resorts. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend - I'm sure I'll be back for another adventure.
TripAdvisor January 2013