I'll be in downtown Monterey this weekend, and I'm thinking out lound about bringing my road bike and doing some rides around the Monterey area. Does anyone have any suggestions on routes and/or group rides? I really enjoy climbing, so that would be a plus, but isn't necessary.
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There is a paved bike trail that starts in the town of Marina, and goes all the way to Pacific Grove. It's about 20 or so miles long, but goes thru Monterey, past Fisherman's Warf, and thru Canery Row, and the Aquarium. Plenty of spots to stop and rest, or enjoy a snack. It was the route that the train used, and is has been paved over into a bike path right along the coastline. Not very "hilly", but a nice ride.
The SMR's all go through Pebble Beach along basically the same route. Somewhere around 1700' of overall climbing. Beautiful ride. There will plenty of cyclists on this route.
As mentioned previously, the MUT starts in PG and goes a few miles past Marina. About 30 miles round trip. You can continue to Castroville after the MUT ends on a road that usually doesn't have much traffic. This is about 40 miles round trip. On the weekend the trail between Monterey and PG will be busy with little kids and people just walking and taking in the sights, so take your time.
It's a great place to ride so bring your bike and have a good time.
I couldn't make it to a group ride, but I rode the 17-mile drive ride twice. It was beautiful! On Monday, the weeather was perfect for cycling. I dream of moving to Monterey just so I can ride that route every day.
If you care to go long, here's a Monterey-Big Sur out and back route sheet I authored a few years ago. My in-laws used to live in Monterey and I used to ride this as often as I could. Easily one of the most spectacularly scenic bike routes in the whole country. Best part is that, since it's essentially and out-and-back, you can tailor the distance easily by simply turning around when you feel like it.