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The Coast Ride with inGamba


The Coast Ride has become the unofficial start to the Bay Area bicycle year. A group of friends decided it would be a good idea to ride from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. And they were right. Well, at least for the first two days, at least. Which is why we’ll skip the third leg of the traditional Coast Ride and instead turn inland take on some of the best riding the West Coast has to offer: Paso Robles.

This is not to be confused with a normal inGamba trip. The Coast Ride runs rain or shine and from our experience, it’s usually the former. We will support the ride, but with an indeterminate number of riders on the road, over a 100 miles-a-day, and the fact the ride is not overly organized, this ride is a tad challenging and not for the faint of heart.

There will be no need to worry about your bike, as we are now equipped with a fleet of Pinarello Dogma Gan S here in the States. But you will need to bring your heart, your lungs and cycling gear for whatever the Pacific Coast might throw at us weather wise.

Included With Trip:

  • Entry into the “Coast Ride”
  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • All transportation to SFO or OAK at the end of the trip
  • Pinarello bike rental with SRAM components and daily bike wash
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

San Francisco, CA

Finish Location:

San Francisco, CA

Days Riding:


Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:


Total Elevation:


Longest Day:

Day 2. San Francisco - Monterey. 212km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Big Sur. 2,800m


Day by Day Breakdown


Arrival in California

Welcome to California! Plan to arrive in the Bay Area in time for dinner on Thursday night. Our lodging for the first night will be in Sausalito, home of inGamba Tours. Tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge, this seaside town is the perfect spot to start the preparations for our assault on the Great Golden Coast. There will be no riding today, but we will gather for dinner at FISH or Barrel House, which are both pillars of the Sausalito dining scene.

Marin Test Ride

Our first day of riding will be a shake-out ride to make sure your bike fits and to check the legs before the big day tomorrow. We will have lunch at CIBO, our go-to lunch spot during the work week. (and for Joao, sometimes on the weekends, too). In the afternoon we will strike out on a little adventure, exploring some of the secret coves of the headlands. Dinner will be a carbo-load at Tamalpie, which is a great pizza spot, even by Italian standards. Ok, we made up that last part. But, it is still 'hella' tasty.

Sausalito - Monterey

And we're off. We will start early and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun rises to touch Alcatraz Island. We gather with a group of 200 of your new best friends and the weekends riding partners. The pace out of San Francisco is brisk and the peloton naturally breaks into smaller groups. Day One is an amazing ride as it leaves San Francisco headed for Santa Cruz and Moss Landing and finally ending in Monterey. The mileage total tops out at 125 miles, likely your biggest day of 2017 so far. Just remember to save a little energy for tomorrow.

Monterey - Morro Bay

Our ride on Sunday takes us down the Pacific Highway 1 through Big Sur. It is the most remote section of the Pacific Coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The small road twists & turns, and ascends & descends like a ribbon on a rollercoaster. Although the riding is difficult, it is also incredibly rewarding. Our favorite part is the strong tailwind after lunch, which whips you along at 25 mph, when your dead legs are more appreciative than you can imagine. We will spend the evening in the surf town of Morro Bay, where there is a great spot to soak your legs in the calm, cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Morro Bay - King City

Our last day we leave the "Coast Ride" and head inland where the riding is top-notch, the weather is better, and the route heads us towards home, so we have less driving in the afternoon. The perfect trifecta. If you've been paying attention you will know how much we love Paso Robles. We will cover some of the classic roads, but also some roads almost no one ever rides because the only way to do it is with a support vehicle. And if you're going to do a supported ride it might as well be with us. inGamba has you covered.