The Coast Ride 2017
Welcome Back Cycling Friends!
It’s that time again… get psyched for this year’s EPIC CYCLING ADVENTURE.
This year’s “Coast Ride” will be from January 14th – 16th (Sat, Sun, and Mon).
We are excited to return to Sports Basement to start our journey down the coast. We will start bright and early as usual – arrive at 7:00am so we can roll by 7:45. We end in Santa Barbara for our standard 375 miles of gorgeous coastline cycling. New friendships are born, old friendships add a few more stories to the treasure chest, and plenty of calories will be burned.
Did you know that over 70% of our riders have done it before? Is this your 2nd time? Third or fourth? Maybe your fifth or your tenth? Or your very first? Everyone is welcome! Just bring safe riding skills (never more than two abreast), a very small and light pack, and your positive attitude!
For you newbies – welcome! You are in for an experience that you will remember forever. Please read through the rest of the site thoroughly.
As we enter the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving, remember to build your foundation of distance, stay healthy, and get psyched!
Lastly, a few reminders and requests to help keep the organization side of the ride under control - - Please: 1) Register, 2) Sign the Waiver, 3) Pay. We use the funds well before the ride takes place for things like renting the SAG vans, getting insurance in place, and other logistics. You can go to the Discussions area (forums) to arrange a carpool ride home, find a roommate, or ask questions about anything!
Let’s Do This!
Update on January 7th:
We are one week away until The Ride departs. The forecast is looking much improved for next weekend. We might get some rain at times throughout the day but crossing fingers for some dry moments too:) Make sure to pack a good rain jacket and consider some hand warmers to put inside your gloves. Please make sure your bike is dialed and ready to go! If you have cuts in your tires, replace them! Consider packing extra brake pads, especially if you ride disc brakes, as there are far too many disc brake pad options out there. Lastly, don’t forget to pack your Di2/Campy/SRAM Charger if you ride wireless.
(If you know anyone interested in driving SAG down the Coast, please let me know as we are looking for an additional driver)
If you are on Strava, make sure to join the “Coast Ride Club” where we can all connect with one another and post photos to the ride. Link: http://www.strava.com/clubs/thecoastride
We are proud to announce that Sports Basement in the Presidio will be hosting registration for the Coast Ride. Sports Basement is offering 20% off all items in store on Friday night and Saturday morning for those who need any last minute items. Registration this year will be from 5-7PM on Friday night (highly encouraged) at Sports Basement where you can drop off your bag if you choose. On Saturday morning, registration is from 7-7:45!
To do this ride, you must sign a waiver at Sports Basement on either Friday night or Saturday morning. USA Cycling requires all participants to sign a waiver to cover every rider on the road.
Saturday Morning there will be bagels, coffee, bananas and any last second shopping with 20% all purchases.
The Vans will be rolling out at 8:00AM each day, so do not be late dropping off your bag! Please help the SAG driver by loading your own bag into the Van. Make sure to bring some $$$ for yourself and for neutral support. The SAG drivers have all graciously volunteered their time to make the ride as safe and fun as possible.
Day one, plan to roll between 7:30-8:00! With a group this size, no mass start like previous years.
Day two, plan to be on the road between 7:00-7:30!
Day three we will roll promptly at 7:15 as a Large Group! Don't be late!
If you choose to leave later than 8 on any of these days, please arrange alternative SAG support! Please be considerate of the SAG drivers, as they want to be on the road supporting the riders as soon as possible.
Day 1, your personal bags, GU Recovery and Pizza will be waiting for you at the Comfort Inn Hotel @1252 Munras Ave in Monterey! Please keep your bag size modest. Leave your Mt. Everest Expedition Pack at Home Please:)
Day 2, your personal bags will be at the Harbor House @1095 Main Street (formerly Days Inn) Morro Bay!
Day 3, bags will be at the Lemon Tree in Santa Barbara @ 2819 State Street.
Getting psyched for 3 great days on the saddle with friends and looking forward to making many new friends on the ride as well
I will send out more updates in the coming days.