We meet in San Jose at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel at 8:00 AM. Your guides will then shuttle you to our starting location in Monterey. Today's route takes us along 17-Mile Drive through famous Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea, then on to Highway 1 for our journey along the coast, into Big Sur and to our lodging for the night, Glen Oaks. There is a team dinner tonight at a nearby restaurant perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific.
We meet packed and ready to ride. Today's route is a long but very scenic one, with three categorized climbs along Highway 1 and small rolling terrain in between. There is a feed zone, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and across the highway is one of the most spectacular climbs in the world: Nacimiento Ferguson Road. 7 miles up and 7 miles down, it's a breakaway option for the day.
Today's destination is the Ragged Point Inn, perched on a cliff over the ocean. Every room has a full or partial ocean or mountain view.
Today's route is a promenade on mostly flat terrain to the quaint town of Cambria. Lodging for the next two nights in Cambria is at the Rigdon House, a historic bed & breakfast style hotel with 11 spacious rooms. A wine and cheese reception is held at the Rigdon House in the late afternoon. Dinner tonight is within walking distance and often a favorite of the week.
Today we spend an additional day in Cambria, so cyclists may choose to join an optional bike ride down the coast to Morro Bay, stroll the charming shops of Cambria or Moonstone Beach, take a guided tour of Hearst Castle, or schedule a massage at a day spa. Dinner tonight is on your own, so cyclists may choose any one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the Rigdon House, where we spend a second night.
Today we travel away from the coast to the wine region of Paso Robles. To get there, we spin along a beautiful creekside country road - but the cost of this beauty is one of the steepest grades in all of California. Then it's on to our feedzone stop at Justin Winery, a great place to stretch and rest the legs followed by a descent through beautiful wine country in to town.
Our lodging tonight is in the heart of downtown Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Inn. Explore their beautiful grounds, as well as town before your final team dinner at Buona Tavola, serving Northern Italian Cuisine.
The final stage of the tour heads deep into the Paso Robles Wine Country on one of the prettiest cycling roads anywhere: Peachy Canyon, with its winding curves through vineyards and walnut groves. We then return to Paso Robles to shower and pack up. Grab a bite to eat in town before we transfer you back to our meeting location in San Jose.
Four of us (parents and adult children) did a 3-day Sonoma ride recently and we haven't stopped talking about what a BLAST it was. From the arrangements (thank you Laura!) to our amazing guide (thank you Susan!) to the Village Inn (nestled amid redwoods overlooking the Russian River - thank you Mark and staff!) there's not a single thing we would change. The bikes were fantastic and the routes each day were glorious. We are already plotting a longer UDC tour next year. Highly, highly recommended.
TripAdvisor June 2012