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Big Sur - worth cycling through/in/about?

Old 07-31-09, 06:30 PM
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Big Sur - worth cycling through/in/about?

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Yes. But not on a weekend. Too many tourists driving rental cars.

Prevailing wind is north to south and it can be strong on the coast.

Don't miss Nacimiento-Fergusson road.
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I've only read a couple things about Bir Sur, but I would be inclined to

1. rent a bike and just flutter around.
2. bring mine and make it the focal point of a vacation.

How long are you staying?
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
Don't miss Nacimiento-Fergusson road.
That's a great climb. It was part of the Central Coast Double. 60 degrees at the bottom.... 90 up top.
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It's awesome, but like someone said earlier, go during the week because of the tourists. Also make sure you're good at climbing. On second thought, make sure you're GREAT at climbing.
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Highway 1 through Big Sur is, in my opinion, one of the great cycling roads in North America. We've been riding it since 2006, in May and October, and it's a favorite of mine.

Starting in Pacific Grove, through Pebble Beach and Carmel, then onto Highway 1 to Big Sur Lodge:
41 miles, 1400'
Stop for lunch at Rocky Point. Ride over the famous Bixby Bridge and climb up to windy Hurricane Point. Cruise under the shady redwoods on Highway 1 to Big Sur Lodge.

From Big Sur Lodge to Cambria:
72 miles, 4400'
A long and challenging day. Lots of up and down sections until about mile 50, then it's fast and flat all the way to Cambria. Highlights: a picnic stop at Kirk Creek Campground, overlooking the ocean and across from Nacimiento Ferguson Road (a great ride by itself); twin climbs about at miles 43 & 47 with big views over the ocean; lunch stop at Ragged Point; elephant seals near San Simeon; Hearst Castle way above San Simeon.

Ride, Rest, Repeat
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