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Highway 1 closure creates opportunity for cyclists

 

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Historic Highway 1 is iconic for the beautiful views around every bend, but it’s also highly regarded by cyclists from around the world for its rolling hills, challenging climbs and unique terrain. Cyclists—both novices and pros alike—flock to Highway 1 for active vacations. Fortunately, for cyclists in-the-know, now is the perfect time for one of these adventures.

THE BIG SECRET: WITH THE HIGHWAY CLOSED FROM MONTEREY TO RAGGED POINT, THERE IS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC, WHICH MEANS CYCLISTS CAN RIDE WITH FEWER INTERUPTIONS AND BETTER CONDITIONS.

Though this temporary highway closure is not optimal for many of the quaint tourist destinations along the Central Coast, it’s perfect for cyclists. Bridges are being rebuilt after recent storms, and motor vehicles are taking long detours away from the highway.

Traffic between the Central Coast and Ragged Point has cut back significantly—and cyclists need to take advantage of these favorable circumstances while they still can.Cycle Central Coast offers numerous routes utilizing Highway 1, including routes used in world-famous rides and races like Eroica California and the Amgen Tour of California.

Local cyclists and visitors from all over the world use this website as a resource and guide to cycling, activities and lodging in the area. All routes on the site begin and end in the cycling-friendly town of Cambria. With spring awakening cyclists’ internal need for two-wheeled speed, the time to dust off your cleats is now.

About Cycle Central Coast

California’s Central Coast boasts miles of world-renowned cycling routes for every level of athlete. Cyclists, triathletes and outdoor enthusiasts love the Central Coastas much for its rugged beauty and challenging terrain as for its healthful restaurants, spas and relaxing accommodations.

From the training grounds for cycling’s elite to views that make the rides more enjoyable, it’s safe to say the Central Coast will leave you breathless in more than one way. For more information, please visit CycleCentralCoast.com.

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