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CCE

Cyclists for Cultural Exchange

California 2023

Join us on this spectacularly scenic tour through selected regions of the Golden State, including Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Francisco

California 2023

Our bicycle adventure will take us to Monterey, coastal California and San Francisco. [Details to be announced.] The final day in Santa Cruz is for clean-up and a farewell dinner with some free time to explore.  ​

Dates
19 May - 1 June 2023.

Organizer
To be announced.

Cost

Covered by CCE.  Participants will be required to do volunteer work for Strawberry Fields Forever FUNdraiser for our exchange programs and also to work during the program in the kitchen, loading, setting up, and everything needed to make the trip successful.  Participants will pay for transportation costs to and from San Francisco area (flights), and will need money for incidentals like eating out, shopping or drinks.

Lodging
Indoor hostels and a homestay while in Santa Cruz.  

Bikes

We borrow loaner bikes for participants; they are not new and may not be exactly what you are familiar with. We try to find everyone a bike they are happy with. You are welcome to bring your own bike if you wish.
 

Start and finish

Santa Cruz/Watsonville, California.
 

Weather

On the coast is common to have cool, foggy, drizzle in the mornings with sun in the afternoons.  Lows average 10–12°C and highs average 16–18°C. Any weather is possible. 

Schedule overview (see details below)

Participants will arrive on Friday, 19 May 2023 and depart on Thursday, 1 June 2023. For the first 3 days, participants will be in Santa Cruz helping to prepare for, run and clean up after the Strawberry Fields Forever FUNdraiser, which is an organized Century ride. This is the volunteer effort that supports our program. There may be homestays or tent camping during the first 4 nights.

This is not a beginners bike tour!

It will be a hard ride.  Ride days will be up to 110 kilometers and 900 meters of climbing at an average pace of at least 16 km/h.  After riding, you will be expected to help set up, cook, clean up, etc. To be accepted, you must have been on a bicycle tour before and ridden 80 km a day for several days in a row. In the past, we have had participants who claimed to be able to do the ride but could not. Please do not apply if this is not for you! You will be unhappy, and so will we.

Itinerary

(to be announced) 
 

Friday, May 19
Arrival at SFO San Francisco International Airport or SJC San Jose airport. Sleep in Santa Cruz/Watsonville, camping or homestay.
 

Saturday, May 20
Volunteer work for SFF event, bicycle fitting, program presentation. Sleep in Santa Cruz/Watsonville, camping or homestay.
 

Sunday, May 21
Volunteer work at the SFF event. Sleep in Santa Cruz/Watsonville, camping or homestay.
 

Monday, May 22
To be announced.
 

Tuesday, May 23
To be announced.

Wednesday, May 24
To be announced.

Thursday, May 25
To be announced.

 

Friday, May 26
To be announced.

Saturday, May 27

To be announced.

 

Sunday, May 28
To be announced.

Monday, May 29
To be announced.

Tuesday, May 30
To be announced.

Wednesday, May 31 
To be announced.

 

Thursday, June 1
Departure.

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