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Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

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Published by: Holly Bachman Bennett on Oct 27, 2011
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Oob 2011
tOur guide
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SANTA CRUZ
This funky surfer town has beachside bike routes,abundant running trails and farm-fresh dining.
By Holly Bennett
While most famously
known as asurer’s paradise on the central Caliorniacoast, Santa Cruz holds equal appeal ortriathletes seeking picturesque trainingspots and quirky, casual culture. Any-thing and everything goes in this unkycity by the sea, with surers, sailors,cycling acionados, ’60s-era holdouts,Silicon Valley escapees and beach-goingtourists mingling in the easy ocean-sideatmosphere.Spend a ew hours on any o SantaCruz’s numerous road ride routes andyou’ll travel along rugged beachsideclis and up through ancient redwoodorests, testing even the most skilledcyclist’s climbing and descending skills. I your ride includes coastal Highway 1, besure to stop at Davenport’s Whale CityBakery, 9 miles north o Santa Cruz’scity limits (the city limits sign tradition-ally spurs a nal sprint on group rides).From December through April, catch aglimpse o migrating gray whales as youmunch on a mun. Roadside ruit standswill also tempt you with locally grown
Wilder Ranch State Park, home to the new  Xterra Pacic Championship race 
Santa CruzShout-outS
If you want …
Two-Wheeled Love
Lcl vie SpkesmBicycles seves s  cmmiyb  cycliss  ll levels.
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Fat Tire Tech Support
ae Bike Sp, cveielylced  e wy  Wilderc, specilies i ll igsMtB.
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Lap Lanes
Simpkis Fmily Swim Ceees dily dl fesswks  less sced lpime.
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Old-Timey Thrills
ride e Gi Dippe, e BecBdwlk’s 1920s wde llecse.
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Post-Training Treats
Visi Mii’s Cdies (lcis e Bdwlk, e Wd Pcifc ave.)  is msslwe y, cdied pples e es.
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A Bike Industry Job
S C d e sdige is lded wi cycligcmpies, icldig Gi,Specilied, S C Bicycles,Sidi, Clee, Lk d Pxis.
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The Giant Dipper rollercoaster, a SantaCruz icon
strawberries. Be sure topack cool-weather cyclinggear, as you can count onsome coastal og mostmornings.I o-road ridingtempts you, trails areendless and adventure-some. All ability levels willenjoy a un, dirt-packedplayground in Wilder Ranch State Park
 
on the northwestern edge o town, hometo the new Xterra Pacic Championshiprace. Wilder Ranch is equally suited ortrail running, with a network o hilly reroads and technical single-track leading
 
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to spectacular views o coastal arm eldsand windswept whitecaps. Keep an eyepeeled or wildlie inhabiting the park, in-cluding wild boars, turkeys, coyotes, oxes,bobcats and even mountain lions. A paved, multi-use path heading backtoward town leads rom Wilder Ranchto Natural Bridges State Park, an annualautumn resting spot or thousands o monarch butterfies and the endpoint o the 3-mile West Cli Drive bike and runpath. West Cli is host to numerous 10Kraces and is ideally suited or a social runor stroll, rereshed by an occasional high-breaking wave. Stop and stretch by thelighthouse, where you’ll watch surers puton a show at renowned sur break SteamerLane (where Jack O’Neill conceptualizedthe modern surng wetsuit). The SantaCruz Surng Museum, housed inside thelighthouse, displays 100 years o local sur-ing history.West Cli Drive originates at the SantaCruz Whar, where you’ll nd Main Beach,souvenir shops, seaood restaurants,beach volleyball players and the bustlingSanta CruzBeach Boardwalkamusement park,complete withan authenticwooden rollercoaster. Manylocal triathlons,including the BigKahuna (hal-irondistance) and theSanta Cruz Tri-athlon (Olympicdistance) requirea swim around the whar, with wetsuitsrecommended year-round due to the ever-chilly water.To experience Santa Cruz in ull tour-ist style, stay at the Beach Street Innadjacent to the Boardwalk, with recentlyrenovated and reasonably priced rooms(check Beachstreetinn.com or o-seasonspecials). Or consider a weekly or monthlybeach bungalow vacation rental in SantaCruz’s classic Seabright neighborhood ornearby Capitola Village. For a more
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Take a leisurely strollalong West Cli Drive.Below: Monarch butterfiesat Natural Bridges State Park 
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