Never mind that this is a road ride. The famed 17-Mile Drive is a ride that’s rated as one of the Top 100 routes to pedal in America. If this is your first time to the Monterey Peninsula, this ride is an outstanding way to see a variety of sights. This ride includes only a nine-mile stretch of the 17-Mile Drive loop (by far the most stunningly scenic portion of that entire loop). Ranging from zero to 150 feet above sea level, the entire route rises and fall over such a wide range that you could easily say it’s mostly flat. Rises are moderate with a few slightly steeper but short hills. The first seven miles is graced with a comfortably wide bike lane. The last 7.5 miles follows narrow and often shoulderless roads. Fortunately, the roads are curvy and that effectively helps to keep speeding motorists at bay. Starting from Lovers Point in unpretentious Pacific Grove, the route follows the rugged shoreline on Oceanview Boulevard and Sunset Drive before turning into the gated community of 5,300-acre Pebble Beach.
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