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Old 09-21-10, 11:11 PM
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Rides in Monterey Area

I'll be down in Monterey for the weekend, can anyone suggest rides in the area?

Starting from downtown Monterey, 50-60 miles, climbs or flat.

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Old 09-22-10, 10:56 AM
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Be VERY careful of traffic around Monterey. I have gotten squeezed of the road a couple times down there (tourists + race fans clogging the place).
That being said, go south from the Aquarium hugging the coast on sunset / 17 mile drive you will be treated with some beautiful scenes
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This is a tough ride, so Google it before you do it. The Carmel area can be VERY hilly if you are looking for hills.
I have a close friend that lives in the Carmel Valley, and have done this ride with him several times.

From Monterey, go east on 68 (Monterey/Salinas Valley). Turn right just past the Laguna Seca entrance and go over the Laureles Grade. Drop into the Carmel Valley. Turn right onto the Carmel Valley Rd. When you are almost at Highway 1, turn left onto Carmel Rancho Blvd., (this is a small shopping/business area at the mouth of the Carmel river) then turn right onto Rio Rd. This will take you into downtown Carmel. Follow the signs to the 17 Mile Drive. This will take you to Asilomar. Turn left after going out the 17MD entrance/exit and go down to the ocean. Follow the ocean back to Monterey.
Ask your hotel what is the best (and safest way) to get onto 68. Lots of people ride it.
If you want more hills, follow the Carmel Valley Rd for a few miles. Just after you go up a slight hill past the Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Resort, turn left and climb Robinson Canyon Rd. as far as you want. Return to Carmel Valley Rd. and continue on the above directions.
The loop is about 40 miles. Robinson Canyon will add more.
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Here's a link to a different option...

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/185674

I love the ride around the peninsula around Monterey, PG and then into 17 mile drive, especially early in the morning as you beat most of the traffic around Cannery Row and the Aquarium and catch fewer tourists touring Pebble Beach. There's a good climb out of PB and over Aquajito and Barloy Cyn on the old Fort Ord property has a nice descent and a couple of bumps and is very lightly traveled. Reservation Road can be windy and busy, but then you hook up to the bike path, which is lightly used until you get back around the Monterey beach area, where the usual caveats against dogs, strollers and walkers all apply.
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Another option is to ride the bike trail all the way to Castroville. Haven't done it. I hear you can ride seconday roads all the way to Santa Cruz too.
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Old 09-24-10, 05:46 PM
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I've always wanted to do the classic Saturday Morning Ride in Monterey!

Check it out:

https://www.vcmonterey.org/joomla15/i...d=14&Itemid=31
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Thanks for the suggestions, it was a beautiful day in Monterey, 100 degrees in Carmel Valley Village.

Here are some other suggestions for anyone heading that way:

From Monterey, the quickest way I found to Carmel was - take Munras south, just past the Del Monte mall turn left on Soledad, go overway highway 1, then left on Viejo, take the bike path down to the next highway junction, at the end of the bike path go right back over 1, then an immediate left into 17 mile drive.

Down Carmel Valley road, there is a nice climb up Rancho San Carlos rd that loops back to Carmel Valley rd at Robinson Canyon rd

The tourist maps in the hotels are not to scale, don't rely on them

Thanks again for everyone's suggestions
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