NOVA’s new shorter 72-mile option is, by all standards, still a formidable journey. Following the path of the Santa Lucia route, it combines 56 miles of pavement and approximately 16 miles of gravel for a total of 72 miles in the saddle. Riders on modern-day road or gravel bikes will experience the beauty of fatigue that includes the California coastline, the vineyards of Templeton, and the challenging Cypress Mountain ascent. This ambitious route is capped with a stunning 15-mile descent with oceanic views that will have you thirsting for a cold beverage at the finish in Cambria.
Points of Interest
Cypress Mountain Summit
Cypress Mountain Summit2425-3401 Cypress Mountain Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Halter Ranch Vineyard
Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery situated on the west side of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. Founded in 2000, Halter Ranch has a rich history and a commitment to sustainable methods and environmental stewardship. The ranch today spans over 2,000 acres, with 281 acres of SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified wine grapes, 15 acres of walnuts, and 10 acres of olives. Their modern tasting room is nestled between blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Grenache with panoramic views of the property. During Eroica, this stop will be offering food.
Cayucos Pier & State Beach
Cayucos State Beach is known for its fishing pier, beautiful beach, and historical buildings, many of which are left over from the prospering old town and still stand as a variety of businesses, such as restaurants, antique stores, and specialty shops. The sandy beach offers mild weather, and many visitors take advantage of local-favorite weather sports, like surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, and kayaking. Lifeguards are on duty during peak summer months. There are picnic tables, play equipment, restrooms, and outside showers available. During Eroica California, this stop features food from the Sea Shanty.
Santa Rita Summit
Pause at the top of Santa Rita Road to catch your breath and some beautiful views. During Eroica California, this stop will offer water and snacks, but there is no business here to provide those amenities outside of the race.
Cypress Mountain Summit
Take a break at the peak of Cypress Mountain Drive, reaching more than 2,200 feet in altitude. During Eroica California, there will be water and snacks at this stop, but there is no business here to provide those amenities outside of the race.