Day 3 of the California Challenge has become legendary. It is the hardest, most spectacular, and most popular day of any ride on any Challenge. It is safe to say that Big Sur is a big reason that so many people want to participate on this Challenge each year.
Now in its 6th year, the organizers this year decided to change things up and in addition to it being century day, give the riders a chance to try the famous 7 mile climb of Naciamento Rd.
The 3000ft climb averages over 7% with several swichbacks as it ascends off the coast. The climb gave the riders a new perspective of just how beautiful this part of the world truly is.
The seaside town of San Simeon is famous for the Hearst Castle and many of the riders rode to its gate as they completed the final miles of their century ride. The castle was built in 1919. It hosted many great people including Winston Churchill.
Everyone will enjoy a relaxing night out on the beach with bonfires provided by the Hanchett family, the owners of the host hotel.
Tomorrow is a relatively flat ride to the seaside town of Pismo Beach.
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