TOC - California Pro

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TOC - California Pro - Itinerary
Day 1

Welcome to California!

Your guides will greet you in Los Angeles and the cycling adventure of a lifetime begins! We’ll shuttle to Oceanside, CA for a light lunch before being fit to our Cannondale bikes. Hitting the road, we’ll loosen up our legs with a ride inland to Escondido, the TOC’s official start. We’ll catch all the action as the racers compete for Stage One glory and the first leader’s jersey of the race. After the race, we’ll refresh ourselves at the Welk Resort before celebrating the start of our tour with a delicious California dinner.

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 40 miles / 64 km.
Climbing: 2,000 feet / 610 meters
Destinations: Los Angeles, Oceanside, Escondido

Day 2

To the Summit of Palomar Mountain

Facing us today are twenty-one awesome switchbacks. But this isn’t l’Alpe d’ Huez. Today we’ll conquer Palomar Mountain, one of the most challenging and rewarding climbs in Southern California. With an average gradient of 6.5 percent and 4,325 feet of elevation gain, this road will be sure to get our hearts pumping. Who will summit first? After we’ve conquered the mountain, we’ll refuel with a healthy, local lunch before watching Stage Two. Afterwards we’ll settle into our next comfortable hotel and replenish ourselves with a nourishing dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 40 miles / 64 km.
Climbing: 2,500 feet / 731 meters
Destinations: Escondido, Murieta, Palomar, Santa Clarita

Day 3

Los Padres National Forest

Today we’ll ride around the Los Padres National Forest, haven to hundreds of plant and animal species, including the Californian Condor. With any luck, we’ll catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures on our ride. Even if we don’t, we’ll have 4,500 feet of climbing on this undulating route to keep us busy. Complete support from the van will ensure we are always topped off with cold water and snacks to keep us strong throughout the stunning 50-mile ride. Arriving back at our resort in Santa Barbara, we’ll take some time to put our legs up before another outstanding meal.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 50 miles / 80 km.
Climbing: 4,500 feet / 1,371 meters
Destinations: Santa Clarita, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara

Day 4

Into the Santa Ynez Mountains

Wake up this morning in the picturesque American Riviera and ride into the towering Santa Ynez mountains. This range serves as a stunning backdrop to one of the country’s most beautiful cities and offers cyclists a chance to test their climbing legs. We’ll pedal the intense Gibraltar Grade (5 km, 8.2%) and cover many of the same training routes that American pro teams use to tune their form during their base-period training camps. After an incredible ride, explore downtown Santa Barbara while soaking in the coastal sun and ocean views. We’ll enjoy an outrageously satisfying and replenishing meal together tonight in town.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 59 miles / 95 km.
Climbing: 6,000 feet / 1,829 meters
Destinations: Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Mountains

Day 4

Day 5

We’ll transfer north this morning to the quaint town of Los Olivos in the heart of California’s Central Coast, a renowned wine-growing region. Cycle through beautiful vineyards and serene ranchlands out toward the coastal community of Pismo Beach, racing over vine-covered hills and thrilling at the road’s sinuous curves. After a rewarding ride, we’ll cheer on the pros as they make their way to Avila Beach for an exciting finish. We’ll then take a transfer to San Francisco and rest our legs. We deserve it. Tonight we’ll celebrate with a farewell dinner together out on the town.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 63 miles / 101 km
Climbing: 1,500 feet / 457 meters
Destinations: Los Olivos, Pismo Beach, Foxen Canyon, San Francisco

Day 4

Goodbye to California

We’ll cap off a spectacular week with one last amazing ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and back, a truly quintessential experience. After, we’ll enjoy breakfast and say farewell to our fellow guests. For those continuing onto the second part of the tour, we’ll meet our new arrivals for the coming days ahead, and segue into the second part of our TOC adventure.

Meals: Breakfast
Mileage: 30 miles / 48 km.
Climbing: 2,000 feet / 610 meters
Destinations: San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito