Highway 1 isn’t the only place to get some incredible cycling done with beautiful views. Our friend and colleague James Stout created a special ride to navigate the road closures on Highway 1 but still experience all of the grit and glory! He and a buddy went from Cambria up the coast to Big Sur, cycling inland and back to the ocean to see some of the highlights of the area. (You can check out a GPS route and more information on the route here. ) As you venture out on two wheels, you’ll find phenomenal slopes and beauty around every turn.
Right now, with closures making any trip down Highway 1 somewhat challenging, this route is essential: it’s the perfect guide to cyclists wanting to make the most out of a trip to Central California without sacrificing distance, difficulty, or stunning views. There is no shortage of sweat-inducing climbs, but the scenery is worth every ounce of effort. Start planning your trip!