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Ever wanted to try a multi-day bike ride to challenge your skills? Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains and Highway 1 Coast! Share this experience with your friends, family or significant other with this moderately challenging multi-day bike tour. We will support with our truck / camper and cargo trailer to carry all of your clothes, tools, bike parts, tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags. That means you will just have to focus on riding your bike. This trip is intended for people that bike on a weekly basis and are confident they are in good shape to tackle this challenge.
Pricing Explanation: Because of the costs involved (fuel, food and campsite fees) we charge a base price that covers from 1 to 5 riders. Each additional rider past 5 is an additional charge.
Route: Starting at the Pasatiempo Park and Ride near Santa Cruz, we will travel up Empire Grade Road most of the first day. We may either stay at Little Basin Campground or a private home that has a large open area available for tent camping. The second day will wander through Big Basin before climbing up to Skyline Blvd for a few miles before beginning our descent down Alpine road and Pescadero Creek road. We will then stay at another private ranch / estate in tents. On the 3rd day, we will ride down Highway 1 until we reach the cutoff for Bonny Doon and then make it back to the Pasatiempo park and ride. This route will have vehicle traffic on it so it is imperative that you obey all traffic laws and be safe at all times.
Mileage: (See bottom of posting for full details)
Day 1: 19 Miles
Day 2: 39 Miles
Day 3: 58 Miles
Group Expectations: The distances of this ride are not necessarily extraordinary for those that bike on a weekly basis however there will be a lot of climbing involved. Because there will be people of different rider abilities, we expect that riders support each other and stick together. If there is a fast group and slow group that is okay as we have radios to go around but what we don't want are single riders charging ahead on their own or falling behind the group. Be ready to be a team rider for this trip to make it as safe as possible.
SAG / Support: We will be shadowing the riders throughout the day, providing plenty of opportunity to stop, rest, refuel and hydrate as needed as well as carrying any bike tools and parts you may need for the ride. Our camper does have a very small bathroom for any sudden emergencies... Our job is to ensure that the riders are well supported, we will not be participating in the ride ourselves. We will also provide radios for communication with the riders. We have limited seating in the truck so only those that are injured or falling behind to the point of not being able to catch up will be given a lift. The expectation is that you ride the ride, not ride the truck.
Food: The following meals are included in the price:
If you have special dietary restrictions we cannot cook separate food however you are free to bring your own food to cook and you may have access to our stove after we have finished cooking for others.
Sleeping Gear: You will need to bring your own tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag plus extra blankets (just to ensure you stay warm). We will provide camp chairs, tables and other basic camping supplies. All of your gear should be able to be tucked into a large duffel bag (it will be stored in the cargo trailer with everyone else's equipment so loose gear will get mixed up).
How much Gear Can I bring? I will have a 6x12ft cargo trailer and will be carrying everyone's gear inside of it. You are allowed to bring two duffel bags (one for clothes and gear, the other for your tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and pillow). All of your gear MUST be in a zippered bag of some sort, please no trash bags as they will get torn apart and will be a hassle to deal with.
Group Size: The maximum number of riders that can be supported is 14.
Bikes: It is assumed that you will be riding your own bike. We will carry in the trailer any extra tubes / parts and tools that you wish to bring. We will have a bike pump available for everyone to use. Your bike MUST BE in good working condition and have brakes that stop effectively. All bikes will be given an inspection prior to departure and any bike that is deemed unsuitable will not be allowed.
Helmets: Helmet use IS MANDATORY!!! If you fail to bring a helmet and are not able to procure one before we depart, you will be turned away. No Exceptions!
Campsites: Depending on availability, we will be staying at either Private Ranches or Public Campgrounds.
Transportation / Parking: It is best if you are able to arrange for a ride to drop you off and pick you up for this trip. Parking may be available at the park and ride but you are subject to the rules of the park and ride.
Liability: By participating in this activity, you accept that you and only you are liable for your health and safety on this ride. Firelight Adventures may not be held responsible for any accident or injury that may occur. It is your responsibility to ride safely and obey all applicable traffic laws. If at any time you feel you are beyond your capabilities, it is your responsibility to notify us as soon as possible so that we may correct the situation.
Refunds: Weather plays a large part in the success of this event. You will only be charged if the ride takes place. If for any reason the weather is not cooperative, we will attempt to postpone to a new date. If that new date does not work with your schedule, we will provide a refund.