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Distance: 62.2 miles    Elevation gain: 2,837 feet Elevation in the ride: So here it is, the beginning of the end. As I'm writing this post, it is fairly obvious to say that we have all completed the ride; 620 miles later, writing this on the plane back from San Diego to London Heathrow. I will be taking some time…

Santa Monica to Laguna Beach Distance: 76.3 miles     Elevation: 2,569 feet Elevation in the ride: As we start to near the end of the trip; everyone reflects on what were the most challenging days over the past week. Clearly day 3 was an epic cycle through the mountains of The Big Sur in the sweltering Californian sunshine, and…

Distance: 93.4 miles      Elevation: 1,948 feet Elevation in the ride: We started day 5 off with a quick bike maintenance session as everyone got their bikes cleaned up from the mess which was day 4. I say quick, but what was meant to be a 15/20 minutes job turned into a full hour of getting our bikes not…

Distance: 103.5 miles    Elevation: 5,320 feet Elevation in the ride: Day 4 was brutal; absolutely brutal. We started off knowing that the day was going to be tough, we'd just done day 3 which had a lot of climbs and we were aching. We also knew that it was going to be raining pretty much all day. Both of…

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Big Sur to Pismo Beach Distance: 116 miles    Elevation: 8,208 feet Elevation in the ride: Day three was pretty magical; we climbed over 8,000 feet through some insane mountain ranges, alongside some insane coastal views and totalled 116 miles - the most I've ever ridden in a day! The start of the day was a little chilly as we climbed…

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Distance: 59.8 miles    Elevation: 3,594 feet Elevation in the ride: Day 2 was always going to be better than the first. 60 miles doesn't really scratch the surface of the 620 we were going to be doing over the course of the week! There weren't too many climbs on day 2, and we could use it as a recovery…

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Distance: 96.4 miles     Elevation Gain: 5,785 feet Elevation in the ride: It's finally here; the first day of cycling. I was so excited to hit the road and get cycling in California after arriving the previous day. Day one started off in San Francisco with a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, finishing in a rural town called Watsonville…

Arrival

We arrived in sunny California just after 2pm San Francisco time (10pm in the UK) after a long 11 hour flight over from London Heathrow; believe me it felt much longer than 11 hours! I didn't managed to get any sleep on the plane, but did watch 3 films and chat to a few enthusiastic Americans; I guess you win…

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So, here it is; 613 miles down the West coast of the United States of America, San Francisco to San Diego. I am SO excited! I thought it would be a good idea to share the routes of my trip next week with all the lovely people who've sponsored me so far. Doing this did, however, bring into perspective the stark…

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