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CYCLING - Refugio/El Capitan Coastal Ride

  • February 16, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone. Let us know you are riding by clicking the link below.

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Directions to Starting Point: Get off the 101 at the Refugio exit and park on the dirt as you start to go north on Refugio Rd.  Option “A” up to 28 Miles and 2200+ ft of elevation, (moderate to difficult), and Option “B” 14 Mile (Easy).

Option A: Starts 8:30 at Refugio exit.  Ride up Refugio Canyon road, 3 miles with nearly 500 ft of elevation to the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch. Where there is a turn of century guest ranch that has been handed down through 4 generations.  For the strong riders, they can continue for up to another 3.8 miles and nearly 1,800 ft of elevation gain (20% grade in some spots). Other’s may wish to stop for coffee.  At 9:15 we start our descent back to meet up with the Option “B” group.

Option B: Starts 9:30ish at Refugio exit.  After meeting up with the Option “A” group at their cars, we will explore Refugio State Park with breathtaking coastal views along the parks bike paths: Ride south through the park on bike trails towards El Capitan State Park. We then backtrack and cross under the freeway and ride along Calle Real (north side of the freeway frontage road) to El Capitan State Park. The Road continues for 500ft and ends at a Class 1 bike path continuing south along the rolling hills for a mile or two. Note there is a 20 percent incline for those who feel like trying it.  We then cross over to El Capitan State Park and ride north along the bike path weaving through the campgrounds with beautiful coastal views, and coming back along the park roads.  We will have lunch at the at El Capitan Canyon resort/campgrounds (A private campground just inland from the State Park), good sandwiches and soups. Then we return to our cars along Calle Real frontage road.

Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

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