Tour Summary



Duration
6 Days / 6 Nights

Meals
5 Dinners
(Breakfast - Cont.)

Distance
400 miles

Elevation Gain
27,300 feet

2015 Dates
April 19-25
2014 Price
$2,495.00

Single Room
$350.00

Rider Limit
15 Rider Limit
Bike Rental
$245.00

Highlights
Big Sur
Hearst Castle
Cambria
Pismo Beach
Solvang


Lodging
Big Sur Lodge
Cavalier Ocean Front
Shelter Cove
Wine Valley Inn

Dining
Big Sur Lodge
Moonstone Beach Grill
Nepenthe
Steamers

The Vineyard


Start / Finish
Cambria, CA
Solvang, CA

Airport Shuttle
Santa Barbara, CA Before Tour: 12:00 After Tour: 3:00pm
My only disappointment? The time sped by & I wish the tour was longer!!!! Thank you so much for your advice & encouragement - Sean & I are already talking about getting over for your Crater Lake Tour next year!
- Gavin, UK

I have done a Trek Travel Avid cyclist camp, a Carpenter Phinney camp and a Cycling Escapes camp. I can do any cycling camp that appeals to me, and I will do two more Cycling Escapes camps this year.
- Mike Abney
- Solvang 2008

The ride support, meals, hotels and logistics are totally sufficient to allow me to focus on the ride, and make it a consistently outstanding trip each time. I especially appreciate that you put tough climbs on most days. No surprise, but by staying focused to these goals, I enjoy being with the riders you attract.
- Bruce Tranen
- Solvang 2010

Cycling Big Sur, California Coast & Wine Country

6 Days • 400 Miles • 27,300' Elevation • $2,495

Views abound on this cycling vacation of the southern California coast! We love the Big Sur Scenic Byway so much we bike it twice, from the south and then from the north! After basking in the rays of Big Sur sunshine we'll head down the coast through San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. Eventually we will wind our way into the Solvang Wine Country, where we'll loop the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and it's wineries.

Along the way we'll cycle past lighthouses, sea lions, Hearst Castle, and the best views on the California coast. Prepare to ride the famous beaches of Big Sur, Moonstone Bay, and Pismo. If you've never seen this section of the Pacific coastline, then treat yourself to a Bicycle Tour you will not forget!

Day
Weekday
Ride
Day
2015 Route
Elevation
Gain
Miles
1
Sunday
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12:00pm Shuttle - Santa Barbara
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2
Monday
1
Cambria to Big Sur
5,000'
68
3
Tuesday
2
Big Sur to Moonstone Beach
5,000'
70
4
Wednesday
3
Moonstone to Pismo Beach
4,200'
72
5
Thursday
4
Pismo Beach to Solvang
3,800'
70
6
Friday
5
Canyons and Vineyards
4,000'
70
7
Saturday
6
Figeuroa Mountain Loop
5,300'
50
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Shuttle to Santa Barbara 3:00pm
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Total
27,300'
400

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California cycling tour map

2015 Bike Big Sur & the California Coast

Day 1 - Meet in Santa Barbara, California


Cycling Camp California Day 1

Our Tour starts in Cambria, California, where our hotel overlooks the beach. Fly into Santa Barbara, where a shuttle will pick you up at 12:00pm and take you to our hotel in Cambria. After checking in, you'll have the chance to set up your bike, we have any tools you need. At an early evening orientation we'll provide an overview for the week, make introductions, and answer any questions you have. You'll also have time to visit Hearst Castle if you like, which is only 3 miles from our hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight, with various restaurants within walking distance.

California Cycling Tour Day 2 - Cambria to Big Sur


Cycling Camp California Day 2

This is our favorite coast road ride in the world! Better than Amalfi Italy. The ride along the Big Sur Coast is nothing short of spectacular! Today we ride it from the south. Tomorrow we ride it from the north. That means we do it twice! You'll know the curves of the scenic Byway intimately by the time we are done. Our hotel for the night is the popular Big Sur Lodge. Nestled in the forest cliffside, you'll be able to watch the sun set over the ocean while enjoying a superb dinner at Nepenthe.

67 miles / 5,000 ft. elevation gain

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California Cycling Tour Day 3 - Big Sur to Cambria


Cycling Camp California Day 3

Views abound as we ride the entire Big Sur coastline to Cambria for the second time! Along the way we'll pass lighthouses, sea lions, and San Simeon's Hearst Castle. Enjoy the best views on the California coast. If you have never seen this section of the Pacific coastline you are in for a treat! After such an epic ride it's only right that we stay on legendary Moonstone Beach in Cambria. If you still have energy after the ride you may want to visit the famous Hearst Castle which is 3 miles from our hotel.

70 miles / 5,000 ft. elevation gain

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California Cycling Tour Day 4 - Moonstone Bay to Pismo Beach


Cycling Camp California Day 4

On day three we head south along quiet canyon and coastal roads through the seaside towns of Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Pismo. We'll ride by the famous Morro Bay rock and Morro Bay State Park, before turning inland toward San Luis Obispo and riding through the hills to the seaside resort town of Pismo Beach. Our hotel for night, the Shelter Cove Lodge, sits perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

72 miles / 4,200 ft. elevation gain

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California Cycling Tour Day 5 - Pismo Beach to Solvang


Cycling Camp California Day 5

Day four we leave the coast and head inland toward the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley and the danish town of Solvang. Just east of Santa Maria we'll pick up a favorite local ride, Foxen Canyon Road, and glide past wineries and pastoral hills on our way to Solvang and the Wine Valley Inn, our home for the next two nights.

70 miles / 3,800 ft. elevation gain

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California Cycling Tour Day 6 - Canyons & Vineyards, Solvang


Cycling Camp California Day 6

In our two days in Solvang there will be time for exploring all the shops and wine tasting at the local wineries made popular in the film "Sideways." Today we will ride along quiet country roads beside popular wineries as we wind our way around the foothlls of the Solvang Wine Country. After the ride we'll go wine tasting at our favorite wineries!

70 miles / 4,000 ft. elevation gain

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California Cycling Tour Day 7 - Figeuroa Mountain, Solvang


Cycling Camp California Day 7

Get ready for amazing views on the third day's ride! Today we ride up Figueroa Mountain, which rises nearly 4,500' feet above the Santa Ynez Valley. Lance Armstrong used this climb as part of a 100 mile training loop starting from Solvang. This is a climb you will not forget, and you'll earn the dramatic views before the giant descent into the charming town of Los Olivos.

50 miles / 5,300 ft. elevation gain

california bike tour route 6

Shuttle to Santa Barbara, California

After our bike ride on the last day, we say goodbye to our new cycling friends and shuttle to Santa Barbara, where you may wish to stay over the rest of the weekend or catch a connecting flight home. We should arrive in Santa Barbara by 3:00pm.

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