This funky surfer town has beachside bike routes,abundant running trails and farm-fresh dining.
By Holly Bennett
While most famously
known as asurer’s paradise on the central Caliorniacoast, 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 surers, sailors,cycling acionados, ’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 beachsideclis and up through ancient redwoodorests, 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 mun. Roadside ruit standswill also tempt you with locally grown
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