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4+ Days of Cruzin' in Santa Cruz

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013
  • Monday, September 23, 2013
  • Santa Cruz, CA. Register NOW to receive emails; no obligation.

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SANTA CRUZIN' 2013!

Join us for all or part of our annual stay in Santa Cruz! This trip has always been great fun: Beautiful rides, great company, enjoyable dinners together. If you can, plan to arrive in Santa Cruz the evening of Wednesday, September 18, in order to ride Thursday morning. We'll depart for home with an optional brief ride on the morning of Monday, September 23. You'll enjoy many miles of coastal scenery, hills, beaches and Redwood groves.

Those of us who work honest jobs can drive down Friday night and join the rides on Saturday and/or Sunday.  

1.  Please register online. This imparts no obligation on your part, it just means you'll be kept informed of any trip plans, restaurant reservations, route descriptions, via email.

2.  Book your lodging ASAP (you can always cancel). Most folks have stayed at The Comfort Inn, 110 Plymouth Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 426-2664. This is where most of our rides will start. The word is you can get the best deals through Orbitz. Other hotels right next door are the Best Western and the Holiday Inn Express. A Hampton Inn is across the street. For spouses and companions looking for other activities while we’re out on our bikes, the village of Capitola with many shops and restaurants is nearby. There is a pier that rents kayaks for some easy ocean trips.

The planned rides have significant climbs, but the beautiful scenery is our payoff. To enjoy this, you need to be at least a solid "B" rider. Following are brief descriptions of our routes. Every ride except Gazos Greek will begin at The Comfort Inn. There will be both B and C paced rides. Each ride can range from 40 up to 60 or 70+ miles, depending upon your preference. Terrain is hilly, no getting around it!

1. Gazos Creek: We meet around 20 miles north of town, at a beach parking lot opposite Gazos Creek Road. We will travel on Cloverdale Rd., Stage Rd., up La Honda Rd. and down Pescadero Rd. to Hwy. 1. Add-on miles if you want to take in beautiful Tunitas Creek Road.

2. Eureka Canyon: A beautiful, shady 9 mile climb up lightly traveled Eureka Road, followed by an exhilarating descent down nicely paved Old San Jose Road. Gayles Bakery is a popular lunch stop after this ride.

3. Swanton Road: We will ride north on the Pacific Coast Highway past Davenport, turning right onto Swanton Road, an absolutely gorgeous 7-mile ride through farmland and redwoods. With luck, we will enjoy a tailwind down Highway 1 back to the start. 

4. Mountain Charlie Loop:  The basic loop is only 30-plus miles, but all of them vertical! This is a challenging but amazing and satisfying ride into the Santa Cruz Mountains around Scotts Valley. There will be add-ons for the most intrepid riders.

5. "Joe's GoodBye Ride": A sweet little 16 miles to squeeze in before check-out time. An early enough start might leave time for breakfast at The Buttery before heading home.

 

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