California Coast Classic Tour 2013

Today 300 cyclists will begin a 535 mile journey over 8 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the scenic Highway 1. It’s the annual California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, a bicycle fundraising event for The Arthritis Foundation.

In order to enter as a rider, you need to raise $3,000 minimum approximately 1 month in advance of the start date. Before, during, and after the event, people can make donations for individual riders or on their own behalf.

Since its inception in 2000, The Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic has raised over $11 million dollars.

So often I read stories about riders and volunteers who begin Day 1 as strangers but become great friends by Day 8. Who wouldn’t want to make new friends? You’re biking with hundreds of others who love cycling and support the same charity. Who wouldn’t be happy road biking for 8 consecutive days while enjoying beautiful California coastal scenes of beaches, lighthouses and wineries?

The daily schedule route says it all.

      DAY 1: San Francisco to Santa Cruz – 85 Miles
      DAY 2: Santa Cruz to Monterey – 53 Miles
      DAY 3: Monterey to Big Sur – 40 Miles
      DAY 4: Big Sur to San Simeon – 66 Miles
      Day 5: San Simeon to Pismo Beach – 60 Miles
      Day 6: Pismo Beach to Buellton – 66 Miles
      Day 7: Buellton to Ventura – 90 Miles
      DAY 8: Ventura to Los Angeles – 60 Miles

Just as a marathon runner will train months in advance of the race, I would imagine riders do the same for this bike tour. I found on the official website a downloadable training calendar that provides daily tips and suggestions to condition yourself at least 6 months prior. Nice.

I commend the 300 riders that participate every year. It’s for such a noble cause. I did not realize that 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from arthritis, and by 2020 that number will double to over 100 million Americans. I hope one day there will be a cure for arthritis so everybody can enjoy cycling without pain.

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