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.
My husband and I just completed a weekend bike tour with UDC tours cycling thru the Wine Country of Santa Ynez Valley and we loved it. It was our first guided tour and we choose UDC because they specialize in California and all the reviews we read, had nothing but positives to say about the experience. The tour was based in Solvang at The Hadsten House; which offered very nice and comfortable lodging along with a very much appreciated outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. We met our guides, Laura & Daryl, on Saturday where we, along with the other 5 cyclists in our group, were greeted with a backpack filled with cycling related "goodies", fitted with top-notch Scott bikes, personalized water bottles, and a meticulous route map with turn by turn directions. Both Laura & Daryl rode with us the first day to make sure we were acclimated to our bikes and the area. Over the next two days, either Laura or Daryl rode with our group while the other followed in the "sag wagon" to offer support as needed or to drive ahead and set-up a nice picnic lunch. Really fabulous riding over the weekend included pedaling along beautiful backroads past vineyards and farms, all while enjoying breathtaking views in Ballard and Foxen Canyon. Yes, those views provide a scenic distraction while climbing (ascending) the canyons and a beautiful "reward" while enjoying the downward descents! Each day of very satisfying cycling ended with a stop in town at the Bulldog Cafe to regroup and swap stories followed by a really nice dinner out with the whole group at two area restaurants in Solvang: Cecco's and Mirabelle's. UDC tours takes care of just about everything while you're on the tour; and truly, seems to put a lot of thought into ensuring that each rider has a successful and enjoyable experience, which includes the little things like having an ample supply of energy snacks "just in case" (which I ended up needing the first day out). Our guides were great, knowledgeable, very warm and friendly. The quality of the bikes is top notch and scenery hard to beat! We are considering booking another trip in California next Fall and would not hesitate to recommend UDC for anyone considering a bike tour.
TripAdvisor Review November 2013