The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

Five miles north of the start line is the little town of San Simeon, California. Passing by, whether by car or bike, you are filled with a sense of wonder and a lust for wander.

Our 35-mile Sunday Classic ride steers north up the coast past Hearst Castle, a hilltop mansion built by William Randolph Hearst in the early 20th century. It is now a tourist attraction and National Historic Landmark. Don’t be surprised to see zebra, Tule elk and other exotic animals roaming the fields; it’s not an illusion. Seven miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1 is home to a large northern elephant seal rookery known as the Piedras Blancas rookery.

Arrive early or stay late, but visit San Simeon. It’s a wonder this stretch of road has not yet been designated one of the world’s natural wonders. It’s that beautiful.

San Simeon offers a diverse selection of hotels at different price points. All are just steps away from the rugged coastline and pristine beaches that make San Simeon special.