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…!
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!
In July 2011 I did my first solo cycling trip in Switzerland. In the Susten Pass climb I met Gerald and, within 30 minutes, we had exchanged information and he had informally invited me to join him in Italy the following year with a group of cyclists. It took many months after Switzerland before I contacted Gerald and made this trip to Italy a reality. Paolo, the one organizing the Italian trip, was quick to provide me with information and was thrilled to have a Canadian on his team! In May 2012, I departed from Montreal and made my way to Bologna where I was greeted by Gerald and some of his cycling friends and, the adventure began!
Cycling in the Shenandoah area in Virginia is a yearly event for many cyclists. Our group this year included approximately 100 cyclists! We do this to get our season started, it is one week-long, and we ride approximately 500 to 600 kilometres (depending on the cyclist). The drive from Montreal is 1140 kilometres but entirely worth the distance. This year, the cycling week took place from April 15 to April 21 2012.
Day 7 | Schwyz – Zurich (90KM)
It was a rough morning…not surprising considering the amount of alcohol and lack of sleep! I got up late and had to rush to get ready. I managed to pack my bag and place it at reception in time then forced myself to eat breakfast before I left for my final day of cycling.
Day 6 | Meiringen – Schwyz (100KM)
Today was the best day of the entire trip! The weather was perfect, I did not get lost, and Brunnen was stunning! The Susten Pass was a good challenge but it was beautiful. I left Meiringen at the usual time, around 9:15 and headed for the Susten Pass. I had no idea what to expect but knew the summit was at 2224m. As usual, I kept a steady pace and took the time to look at the scenery…it was such a sunny day and everything was clear. This was my favourite climb of the trip!