Send It April 22 Big Sur Preview

If you follow our yearly Best Ofs here at Gravel Bike California, you’ll know this Send It is a special one as we’ll be covering last year’s top entry: Big Sur!

This will be different from our other rides as this Send It will be purely for the scenery with many stops to enjoy this one of a kind location.

While this will likely be our slowest event yet, the climbs are very steep and the descents can be technical.

Before we get into the details, some ride rules:

  • The first rule is that this is an unsupported ride and everyone rolls at their own risk.
  • Make sure to bring your own tubes and a couple of water bottles. Two bottles should do the trick.
  • Recommended tires are 40mm and above. There isn’t as much dirt on this edition compared to other Send Its, but be prepared.
  • Highway 1 doesn’t have much of a shoulder if at all. Please be comfortable riding with vehicles passing.
  • This will not be race pace. At the same time, you have to be able to handle a couple of sustained climbs.

We’ll be meeting in front of Andrew Molera State Park (45500 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920) across from the Old Coast Road at 9am.

There is some parking across Hwy 1 and more further down the road, but paid spaces are available at the state park for $10.

From there we’ll be taking the original alignment of the Coast Road which has a robust 2,160′ of gain over ten miles with a variety of viewpoints and landscapes.

Towards the end of the dirt, we’ll come to one of the most unique views of the historic Bixby Bridge before crossing it.

On the return, we’ll be rolling on Hwy 1 taking advantage of the tailwinds stopping at Hurricane Point among other stops.

If the trails reopen, we will be adding the Beach Trail or Sycamore Canyon Road through Pfeiffer State Park.

At the end, we’ll be stopping at Big Sur River Inn for lunch for those that want to stay.

For route and more information, check our webpage and don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook or Strava to be kept up on details.