Santa Monica to Palos Verdes Switchbacks and back
62 miles – 2295 ft elevation gain
I’ve been exploring the Santa Monica area on my bike for the last year and a half and felt it was time to share the amazing rides California has to offer. If you want to join Cynergy Cycles on any of these rides or want more information, come see us and we will be happy to help!
The ride from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes offers some of the best ocean views in the area, bike paths almost the entire way and some nice elevation gain. Leaving Santa Monica, you will follow the bike path by the ocean for approximately 20 miles. This is a great time to get warmed up and ready for the climbs ahead. Here you will ride through Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, and all the way to Redondo beach before hitting the hills.
45 miles – 4550 ft. elevation gain
The Santa Monica Mountains is the world’s largest urban national park. The proximity to Santa Monica and the easy access from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) make the Santa Monica Mountains an ideal place for adventure. The mountains offer endless roads and trails to discover on foot or on bike…the national park even offers a beautiful beach to cool off those aching legs after a hard day climbing the canyons!
I recently had a conversation with a fellow cyclist on wearing glasses while cycling and it made me realize that many cyclists do not understand the importance of this safety accessory. I think the only way of explaining why shatterproof glasses are important is by sharing my story and how I almost lost an eye.
Cycling Santa Monica to San Diego
In November 2014 I rode my bike from Santa Monica to San Diego. The ride was 235 km (146 miles) with approximately 1,100 m (3,600 ft) elevation gain overall. I had never attempted a ride this long before so I was very nervous but also excited as I knew it would be along the beautiful Pacific Coast. Here is my adventure…!
Mt. Whitney stands at 14, 505 ft (4,421 m) and is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. I first heard of Mt. Whitney when I was shopping for a hiking book in my local REI store and it was love at first sight! I knew I had to hike this mountain and wanted to face this challenge alone. I had no idea if I could do it but I knew I had to try and after reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed, I felt inspired and capable of facing this on my own. So, on October 9th, 2014 I began my adventure to the summit of Mt. Whitney.
In May 2014, only a few months after moving to California, Jonathan and I took a three day camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Of all the National Parks I have visited, this is one of the most spectacular parks offering amazing views of the desert, wildlife, cacti and Joshua Trees. I also have a very emotional tie with Joshua Tree National Park as it was the last adventure with my father before he passed away.
Cycling has allowed me to discover many new places around the world however finding my next destination is always a challenge. There are many factors to consider such as weather, price, transportation of my bike, etc. so I have to choose carefully. After much research and a lot of help from Cycle Côte d’Azur I decided to head for Nice and spend 7 days cycling in the Alps in early October 2013. I did not regret my decision; they were some of the most beautiful rides I have ever done and the surrounding area also provided a lot to see such as Old Nice, Cannes, Monaco and the Alp villages. Not only did I enjoy cycling some of the most epic rides in the world, I also got to explore amazing cities. Oh yeah…and I got engaged in Monaco!
After London and Dundee & Edinburgh came The West Highland Way. This was the final portion of our UK vacation and it was spectacular! Imagine, four days of hiking in the highlands with lush valleys and impressive mountains finished by a fifth day up Ben Nevis. This was the most memorable part of the vacation and I would recommend hiking the West Highland Way if you are in Scotland.
The second leg of our UK journey took place in Dundee & Edinburgh. Rather than take a flight, we decided to take the train into Scotland. Travel by train took up the entire day however we really wanted to admire the landscape and my mom and I secretly wanted to re-live the Harry Potter train ride into Scotland! As we left the big city behind us, we could see the landscape morph into lush green rolling hills, lochs, the ocean and finally the River Tay.