We meet at our UDC Cycling Center in Los Altos at 9:00 AM. After a brief meeting and bike adjustments, we take you over Kings Mountain, one of the most popular climbs in the area, then down Tunitas Creek Road to the coast, and finally north to Half Moon Bay (about 40 miles). Your destination is the Beach House Half Moon Bay, at the water's edge. For our guided trips, dinner is next door at Sam's Chowder house, a famous seafood restaurant where you can dine on the patio as the Sun sets into the Pacific. I recommend the ahi poke appetizer, really yummy.
Our ride for the dayis a variation of the local "coastal classic" route -a loop the explores the coast and the quieter roads that lead inland. The 54-mile loop travels through the rolling hills and into the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Dinner tonight will be at one of the fine Half Moon Bay restaurants.
Today our ride takes you farther down the coast to the inviting small town of Pescadero, then inland through some of the quietest and most picturesque roads in the area, back to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Then hold on for a thrilling descent on La Honda Road (watch your speed into the hairpin turns!), followed by a relaxing spin back to the UDC Cycling Center. Once back at the center, you can take advantage of our bathroom with showers to clean up and change.
My wife and I chose the 3-day Wine Country and Sonoma Coast tour. I would highly recommend it for anyone that might enjoy a nice mix of road biking, wine tasting, and soaking in gorgeous terrain.
There were a total of eleven people on our tour, and we had two guides - Laura and Daryl - who were just great. They had all of the bikes ready to go each morning, and the bikes were set up based on the measurements that each person had sent in beforehand (based on their own bike from home). The bikes were super nice, full carbon.
Each morning we got together for breakfast, got route sheets and talked about the potential add-ons for those that wanted more mileage. You go at your own pace, so at times we were a group, and at other times folks or couples took off on their own. We'd re-group for a snack and also then for lunch. The highlight for me was the grueling Sweetwater climb on day 2. This was an optional segment; the others chose the flat route, so I got my own person guide (Daryl) on Sweetwater. I actually flatted prior to the climb. Probably could have fixed it myself with the tube and CO2 provided in my bag, but let Daryl handle it - what the heck, I'm on vacation!
Bottom line, the rides are beautiful - lots of redwoods, rolling vineyards, and shady creekside roads. The most beautiful stretch is the 10 miles of coastline on day 3. We will definitely be looking for another UDC Tour in the future.
TripAdvisor May 2013