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Old 04-10-16, 02:51 PM
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rides in Monterey area

getting ready to take a trip to Monterey/Carmel soon and was wondering about rides in that area. searched here and Strava and got a few but would like to see what else is out there.

Criteria

road bike only.
solid surface asphalt/concrete
minimal time on surface streets with no bike lanes.
would like some nice scenery.

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Old 04-13-16, 12:43 AM
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Theres tons of places to ride out there. Depending on where you start Carmel or Monterey, go ride through Pebble beach in the early morning to avoid tour buses and tourists not looking at the road.

This weekend is the Sea Otter Classic and would be an awesome time to go.

Climbing:
https://www.strava.com/activities/527506445

Flat:
https://www.strava.com/activities/410302441

Feeling like a century:
https://www.strava.com/activities/287998359
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Thanks budkid

any info on riding at Fort Ord?
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Originally Posted by Caymandiver1 View Post
getting ready to take a trip to Monterey/Carmel soon and was wondering about rides in that area. searched here and Strava and got a few but would like to see what else is out there.

Criteria

road bike only.
solid surface asphalt/concrete
minimal time on surface streets with no bike lanes.
would like some nice scenery.

thanks
The simple suggestion is to ride out Carmel Valley road as far as you care to go. After Carmel Valley village about 12 m out, traffic lessens greatly and it becomes quite rural. If you go out 40 miles you'll reach Cahoon summit. Coming back is downhill.

For an easier ride, just do the loop around the peninsula. Ride up past Del Monte shopping center using the bike path. Just past there veer to your left and under the freeway, take a right up the hill and rejoin the bike path over the hill. Go into the Del Monte Forest gate at the top. They used to make you sign a paper if riding a bike. Follow the 17 mile drive along the coast, exit at Pacific Grove, and continue along the coast till your back in Monterey. Best to do early and/or on a weekday.
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My favorite ride in that area is the coastal bike trail. i ride it from the very start of it and ride it all the way out past pacific grove. When you past the wharf it eventually turns into a bike lane on the road but it is just beautiful. Look at the 50 mile grand fondo course from the sea otter and it kind of gives you the idea.
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I have a friend that lives in Carmel, so I ride with him every time we visit. Following Salamandrine's Carmel Vlley suggestion, here is a out & back route that we ride quite a bit. If you start from the mouth of the Carmel Valley the distance will be about the same. You have to be self sufficient past the Village (mile 12 to 55). Great places to eat in the Village on the way back. Very little traffic after the Village and a lot of climbing.
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https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8583032
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Sorry if I am late to reply, but I moved from NorCal to SoCal, so I rarely read this forum.

I used to live in Monterey and biked every nook and cranny. There are no bike lanes in Monterey and must roads have no shoulder, but there is a MUP, which is unusable from Monterey to Pacific Grove because of all the walkers. I would avoid it and just ride on the street. Traffic is very calm in the area, except during the main events (ProAm, Concourse, Jazz Fest), which becomes a stand still, so you do not have to worry about fast traffic.

The ride into Pebble Beach is very scenic with very few cars. Further south, going towards Big Sur, the road is narrow with no break down lane, which is not good with all the camper vans. Full of gawking tourists. I would stick to Pebble Beach.

The MUP north of Monterey has nice rolling hills and is somewhat scenic (no ocean views). Nothing compare to the section before Monterey though. You can ride to Santa Cruz and back, with a few spots where it gets tricky to find the best path.

The century budkid highlighted is not advisable unless you have support vehicles or you know what you are doing. There are no stores on River Rd and nothing in the valley until you get to the Village (unless you stop by Cachagua, which adds a big climb to an already long ride). Poor cell service on most of that route. You would need to leave River Rd and go the 101 for stores. Last chance at Greenfield. The only time I did it solo, I filled three bottles of water at the Soledad Mission and ran out by the time I hit the top of Carmel Valley. Central Valley is hot.

VaultGuru's ride is what they call the Cachagua loop. Very fun, good climbs. Carmel Valley Road north has little traffic, so do not worry about the lack of a shoulder. There is the Cachagua General store there, where you can get stock up on fluids and other small items. It does not have much. Great place for dinner (only on Monday nights).

Fort Ord is a great place to ride. Completely closed off to cars unless there is big event at Laguna Seca, and even then, that only affects South Boundary Rd. Lots of climbs (I love climbing, so I keep highlighting them). Not many paths. Anyone can feel free to PM about paths in Fort Ord. Too much to list here.

Another climb is the one to Jacks Peak. Not Mt Diablo unfortunately. Maybe only a Cat 3 on Strava. I can go on....

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Originally Posted by Caymandiver1 View Post
Thanks budkid

any info on riding at Fort Ord?
There's tons of trail riding out in Fort Ord. Trails are endless.
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