Bikers plan 528 cycle ride to pride

Take a trip along California’s picturesque Pacific Coastal Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco Pride

Bikers plan 528 cycle ride to pride
28 December 2011

Intrepid British cyclists can discover California’s legendary Pacific Coastal Highway as they travel to San Francisco’s annual pride festival this June.

Participants will revel in idyllic views of canyons, mountains and vineyards as they wend their way from Los Angeles to one of the world’s greatest gay parties.

The 528 mile ride is cycled over eight days with cyclists averaging 66 miles a day.

The tour is organised by Greenrock who specialise in adventure bike tours across the world. They have over 50 years of combined experience designing international challenge events, many of which are for charity.

Greenrock managing director Joe Mearns said: ‘It was Terrence Higgins Trust, the largest HIV and sexual health charity in the UK, who suggested that this would be a good ride to run, particularly as it ends with San Francisco Pride. We always choose the safest, quietest and most beautiful routes and the last person on the road will always be a Greenrock team member, so everyone can move at their own speed without pressure.

‘This is a truly beautiful ride alongside California’s stunning Pacific Coast Highway which takes in many famous sites and places. The varied wildlife, good food, excellent scenery and satisfying cycling alongside the Pacific Ocean make this one of the world’s most engaging and relaxing bike rides.’

On the first day cyclists will stay in Santa Monica, close to Venice beach and will then continue through the plush suburbs of Malibu.

They will then head up to the Santa Ynez Mountains where they can take in tranquil orange and lemon groves before passing Lake Casitas and descending to Santa Barbara.

Following the coast to San Simeon they will then gaze at the awe-inspiring Hearst castle as they move on to Santa Cruz.

The journey ends as a tired, but exhilarated group enter San Francisco through Presidio Park and prepare for the endless parties of the pride weekend.

The trip costs £2,395 per person and includes all flights, transfers, accommodation and a full UK support crew.

You can find out more about the bike ride at Greenrock’s website greenrock.co.uk.

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