The toughest cyclocross race in the world. Staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park since 1961 the Three Peaks is a grandparent to every adventure race that’s come after. The first off-road event of its kind, it follows in the muddy footsteps and tyre tracks of a 14-year-old Yorkshire schoolboy who first completed the arduous route by bicycle in 1959. Since then the course and event have expanded to become the largest and most feared cyclocross in the UK.
We’re focusing in on the Day 2 ride of Bay to Bay 2017, a 50 mile mostly straight shot down Pacific Coast Highway that starts at the sophisticated Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa and ends at Crown Point, the sandy gem of Mission Bay.
On this route, you’ll be challenged with paved and dirt climbs but breathtaking views that are worth the pain. The only cars you’ll encounter will be golf carts and the trails are generally pretty sparse with people; you will definitely see some wildlife, with a good chance of buffalo sightings. At the top of the coastal climbs, you’ll hear the barking of sea lions swimming in the oceans below.
A beautiful 20-mile beginner/intermediate ride around Westlake Village and Agoura Hills. You’ll see lovely sights on Lakeside Drive and Mulholland Hwy, including a segment with views of Malibu Lake and extravagant neighborhood homes.
Rancho Palos Verdes has some of the best coastal cycling in Southern California. Due to its proximity to the coast it’s usually cooler than any inland areas during the summer months. It has relatively light motor vehicle traffic and bike lanes on the busier roads.
Recently, I had the pleasure of riding with the Desert Bike Club on their Flat Fast and Furious Thursday ride (aka The Rat Pack). So, if you’re in town and looking for a cool fast group ride, this ride is solid. I dig it.
Take a trip back in time with a 35-mile loop beginning in Los Alamos and set around a visit to La Purisima mission, a state park and historical site. Beginning in Los Alamos, directly off HWY 101 between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, the 35-mile route takes you up notable climbs, Harris Grade Road and Drum Canyon Road.
The third part of the Pier to Pier series, we’re continuing our journey down the coast with a ride from Santa Monica to Seal Beach. Depending on your fitness, penchant for urban riding, and size of your party, we’ve outlined some different ways to traverse the horn that separates LA and Orange counties.
Ride the official 1984 Olympic Road Race course in Mission Viejo, CA. This route offers plenty of climbing and vistas for a great group or training ride. We rode this route and documented the specifics in Issue #135.
This particular segment takes you from the Ventura pier south to the Santa Monica pier. The route makes only a few turns through Ventura and Oxnard, and continues primarily along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu towards Santa Monica.