Big Sur Spectacular Bike Tour - California USA – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average daily mileage?

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.

What is the pace of the riding?

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.

What is included in the price of the trip?

  • Use of a high quality, full carbon road bike with Ultegra drivetrain or hybrid
  • Five nights lodging in Big Sur, Ragged Point, Cambria, Paso Robles
  • Five breakfasts
  • Four dinners
  • Nutrition during the rides
  • Daily route sheets and maps
  • One or two tour leaders (two leaders for 6 or more guests) who will bike or drive support as needed
  • SAG support (support vehicle on the bike route driven by one of the tour leaders)
  • Mechanical support for minor bike repairs
  • Two water bottles

What isn't included?

  • Transportation to and from San Jose at the beginning and end of the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Meals during the rides (we recommend places to stop for lunch on the ride route, at your leisure)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hotel charges for incidentals (phone calls, etc.)
  • Gratuities at your discretion

What is the weather going to be?

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.

Weather Averages for Big Sur
Month High Low Sunny Days per Month
April 67 45 24
May 72 47 27
October 72 48 27

 

How much traffic will there be? "Highway 1" sounds like a busy road.

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.

What type of dining will we be doing?

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.

Where do we meet at the start of the trip?

We meet at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip in San Jose, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose

Where does the trip end?

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.

What should I bring?

Cycling Clothing

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.

Other Clothes

Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, business casual evening wear.

Other Items

Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card, camera.

More Questions? More Answers!

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.

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Northern California Climbs Indeed

I was looking for a challenging cycle tour and UDC really delivered. Each of the daily routes were expertly planned to cover classic climbs up (and down) the major grades of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The scenery was often spectacular. The remote locales we traversed contrasted with the very civilized, superb lodgings and eateries awaiting us. Our guide, Michael Sojka, was attentive, helpful and personable. UDC's attention to detail is impressive.

TripAdvisor August 2012

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Days 6
Nights 5
Starting
Location
San Jose
Nearest
Airports
Monterey (0 miles)
San Jose (63 miles)
Activity
Levels
3-5  
Price Per
person
from $2396
Single
Supplement
from $695

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