The Coast Ride


The Coast Ride has become the unofficial start to the Bay Area bicycle year. In the 1990’s a group of friends thought it would be a good idea to ride from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. And they were right.

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 two hundred riders on the road, over a 100 miles-a-day and plenty of vertical on offer, this trip is a tad challenging and not for the faint of heart.

With Highway One reopened, Day 2 returns to the classic route. And unlike last year, we are going to add a day and ride on into Malibu. And as if you needed another reason to join the inGamba crew on The Coast Ride, Matt Accarrino, seven time Michelin Star Chef, will be joining us to turn some pedals and whip up some delicious meals.

The key to navigating The Coast Ride is simple: head south, keep the water on your right, and keep pedaling.

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:

Malibu, CA

Days Riding:


Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:


Total Elevation:


Longest Day:

Day 2. San Francisco – Monterey. 216km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Monterey – Morrow Bay. 2,602m


Day by Day Breakdown


Marin Test Ride

Welcome to California! Plan to arrive in the Bay Area early on Friday Morning. 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 with Chef Matt Accarrino at his restaurant SPQR.

San Francisco – 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 – Morrow Bay (the reopened road edition)

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 – Santa Barbara

Today we leave the official "Coast Ride" route and head inland. The weather is sure to be warmer and the route vastly more scenic. Eros Poli designed today's route possibly as homage to his victory at Mont Ventoux. The ride starts along the "flats" and leads us to an epic climb over Gibraltar and then down into Santa Barbara. It is assuredly going to be an epic day on the bike.

Santa Barbara – Malibu

Santa Barbara has been described as the "American Riviera" and for good reason, as it situated on a south facing coast of the Pacific Ocean right underneath the glorious Santa Ynez Mountains. This morning we roll out of Santa Barbara headed south. We will spend a good portion of the day pedaling along the undulating Highway 1, eventually rolling past Pt. Mugu, and on into our final destination, Malibu. We will shower, have a bite to eat and say our goodbyes. Unless, of course, you haven't had enough of us, then we will spend another night together in Venice, telling tall tales and enjoying a final meal.



Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk


ZIPP Service Course SL


SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi


Speedplay Zero or your own


fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own


Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers


Vittoria Corsa CX


Elite Custom Race


Elite Corsa Team


Garmin Edge 820