Cycling and and around Monterey
I currently live in Denver and absolutely love it, but the work situation is very frustrating and can't seem to find work in my field of expertise around here. An opportunity may be coming up in the Monterey area and one question I have is about the cycling. Is there decent road biking around there? I know they have the Sea Otter Classic, so I imagine there is. I'm sure they don't have the climbs that rival some of the stuff I'm used to out here in California but looking at the Garmin Connect website it seems that there are a few decent elevation gain rides in the area. Is there an active cycling community? Thanks.
The Left Coast, USA
I don't live the area but I have biked there many times. A big difference with Monterey area v. SF Bay Area/East Bay is the weather; think cool, cloudy, misty and windy. Riding in the wind is pretty much the constant deal it seems. My sense is the bike community is more of a mix of commuters, FGs and MTBers.
Check out the Santa Cruz Randonneurs website, based north, it will give a feel for the terrain, ride possibilities. I may be wrong, but my sense is serious road cyclists that live in Monterey tend to leave the Monterey area to do their riding.
There is a very active road cycling community on the Monterey Peninsula with weekly group rides from Monterey to Pebble Beach and back. I suggest visiting the Velo Club Monterey website for more info about the community and rides. Another resource to check out is Ghost Tree Racing.
There are three main LBS's on the peninsula -- Winning Wheels, Joselyn's, and Aquarius Bicycles. I tend to favor WW since the owner knows and appreciates vintage steel.
Weather is typically mild, overcast, cool, but not always windy -- depends on the time of year. Fall weather is the best all around, summers are typically cool, though this weekend looks like a real scorcher with temps in the mid to high 60's.
I have family in the Monterey area which I visit every month. I bring my bike every time to take advantage of the good rides in the area. Starting from Monterey, you could do a trip up to Castroville/Moss Landing which is about 60miles round trip. Most of the ride is bike path. If you want some hills, you go through Carmel Valley and off to some side roads.
The Monterey Velo Club mentioned above is pretty active. They have these Twilight bike ride at the famous Laguna Seca track. On a certain date each month, you pay $10 and ride through the track as much as you can in 2 hours. I try to schedule my time down there during that ride.