If you’ve ever seen the Italian coast from Sorrento to Amalfi, it’s tailormade for bikes. That said, if you’re unable to visit Italy – we have a great Santa Monica bike ride that gives you a dash of Amalfi in the USA.
First, this 6-mile route takes cyclists up into the stately grandeur of the Pacific Palisades. Specifically, it’s a favorite for local early morning clubs. Plus, it provides a great mix of leg-burning climbs and smooth Santa Monica straightaways.
For example, you’ll love the 2-mile stretch along San Vicente Boulevard. Simply put, this is cycling royalty for Santa Monica residents. As a result, you will see plenty of cyclists climbing west or crushing the descent down toward the beach.
As you ride from the base of Ocean Ave onto Amalfi Drive, get ready for the climbing to begin. Specifically, you’ll find winding switchbacks that ascend 250 vertical feet.
The road names here make no effort to hide their aspirations of European opulence. Of course, with this kind of traffic-free cycling at your disposal, you might start to feel like a royal too!
SANTA MONICA BIKE RIDE: Completing The Loop
Things get noticeably less refined on the downhill jaunt from Sunset Boulevard to Allenford Ave. Thankfully, this section only lasts for less than half a mile. As a result, you’ll still feel like you’re riding in the Italian countryside (for a bit longer).
Once you’ve circled back around to San Vicente, you’re free to ride the loop again to crush some new goals. This ride also pairs up nicely with the nearby Mandeville Canyon Road. Simply put, if you like getting rowdy on fast descents – you’re in for a treat!