Bikesgonewild wanted to hear about my fixed gear ride from Santa Cruz to the Sea Otter Classic. I rode my bike down to the Santa Cruz Metro Station (about five miles from my home), where I caught the #91 bus to Watsonville (about 20 miles).
I crossed the Pajaro River into Monterey County on my bike to get to Salinas Road, which I followed around to get to Highway 1. I turned off of the highway in Castroville to catch the Monterey County bike path that runs mostly the all the way to Monterey with only a couple of short interruptions on lightly traveled back roads. The path is mostly pretty nice, though it gets annoying with multiple stop signs in Marina, Sand City and Seaside as it crosses intersections and meanders back and forth under Highway 1. This whole route so far is very doable on a fixed gear bike as it’s mostly flat with rolling hills here and there. From Watsonsville to Seaside is 25 miles.
I turned onto Highway 218 (Canyon Del Rey Blvd) and then I followed all the cars and SUVs over to South Boundary Road for the steep uphill to the Laguna Seca Raceway, which averages about a 4% grade but gets to 8% in a couple of spots, which is tough with a 69 inch gear, especially after 30 miles of riding.
I rode the 33 miles from Watsonville to the Sea Otter Classic in right at two hours clock time. The next time I’ll do this with my geared road bike.
For the return trip I intended to take the #27 MST bus from Marina to Watsonville, where I could then catch a commuter express back to Santa Cruz, but I missed my bus by about 10 minutes. I cheated a little because I only got as far as Moss Landing, where my wife picked me up just north of the big power plant there.