Cycling on the Central Coast

If you’re into cycling, Cambria should definitely be on your bucket list of “must do” rides. The Central Coast offers some of the most renowned routes for cycling enthusiasts looking to challenge themselves or just wanting a change of scenery.

From world-class athletes and cyclists competing in the Amgen Tour to a world champion freeride mountain biker who recently chose Cambria’s rolling hills to set the backdrop for his record setting ride, the Central Coast has drawn in riders from across the country and around the world. The spectacular views and coastal terrain make for an unforgettable ride that will leave you breathless (in more ways than one).

Dawn-CyclistsThe Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular cycling routes in the world. The stretch along Highway 1 between Cambria and Gorda provides some of the most scenic cycling views in California. Cyclists hug the rocky coastline as they ride along Moonstone Beach before heading up iconic Highway 1 to Gorda. You’ll see incredible wildlife and scenic points of interest along the way, like Piedras Blancas Light Station and elephant seal rookery, the San Simeon Pier and the zebras that roam the hillsides surrounding Hearst Castle. The route heading south on Highway 1 from Cambria to Cayucos offers a shorter ride but still features stunning ocean views with many vistas and stopping points along the way.

Heading inland from Cambria on Santa Rosa Road you’ll find a favorite route of local cyclists with plenty of challenges and hills to climb. The winding road featured on this route is lush, green and very peaceful, plus you’ll discover a few hidden gems along the way.

Whether you’re planning an extended biking tour, training for an event, looking for new routes to conquer, or just want to spend the weekend cycling and sight-seeing on the coast, Cambria offers routes for every level of cyclist and a cool place for road weary riders to stay after their ride.

With luxury spa hotels and beach front cottages, gourmet and casual dining, wine tasting and craft beer, eclectic art galleries, antique stores and boutiques, Cambria is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long day’s ride. Plan your trip to Cambria and take a ride through the scenic Central Coast.

VISIT CycleCentralCoast.com

CycleCentralCoastLogoWe’ve made cycling on the Central Coast even easier. If you’re planning a cycling excursion or looking for new routes, visit CycleCentralCoast.com. This new cycling website is a one-of-a- kind resource where cyclists can discover new routes, plan cycling trips, learn about upcoming cycling events, and keep up to date on the latest cycling news and alerts. The Cycle Central Coast website highlights 130 miles of the best local biking routes with detailed info on routes (including distance, elevation and grade), road conditions, points of interest along the route, and places to stay.

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Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.