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United States

Los Angeles - San Diego Randonnée

22nd - 29th April 2018

The best of the West: from palms to pines and back again in SoCal.

Just outside the LA sprawl is a wilderness of deserts and mountains and forests – perfect country, in other words, for bike riding. This Randonnée features celebrated sections of the Tour of California and routes pioneered in Rapha’s own Continental rides and Gentlemen’s Races, taking riders out through the Hollywood Hills and into the unknown interior. There are rugged, remote climbs and secluded villages and lakes. The famous Palomar Mountain Road and infamous Mount Baldy both make an appearance, as do rustic hotels and California’s exceptional culinary offerings.

Single occupancy — € 5.400 per person

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Who is it for?

Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only

How Hard is it?

Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Day Distance Climbing
Day 0, Arrival Day Malibu
Day 1 Malibu — Pasadena 158 KM 3,900 M
Day 2 Pasadena — Claremont 105 KM 2,450 M
Day 3 Claremont — Lake Arrowhead 145 KM 4,150 M
Day 4 Lake Arrowhead — Idyllwild 193 KM 4,550 m
Day 5 Idyllwild — Julian 174 KM 3,232 M
Day 6 Julian — Mt. Palomar 164 KM 3,100 M
Day 7, Departure Day Julian

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Day 0, Arrival Day

Malibu

Fly into LAX airport where you will be met by a Rapha Travel team member. Our hotel is in the heart of Santa Monica, perfectly located along the boardwalk in this upscale beachside community frequented by tourists and celebrities alike. It’s the ideal place to relax and meet your guides and fellow riders while we take care of your bikes. There is no planned ride for today so a morning or afternoon arrival team is fine. The new Rapha Los Angeles Clubhouse is nearby so feel free to pop in to grab a coffee and say hi to the team.

Accommodation

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Santa Monica

Day 1

Malibu — Pasadena

A fantastic day of riding to kick start our adventure together. We’ll begin along the famed Pacific Coast Highway, head up into the Santa Monica Mountains, through the San Fernando Valley, into the Hollywood Hills and finish by climbing through the Angeles National Forest.

Distance

158 KM

Climbing

3,900 M

Accommodation

Westin Pasadena

Day 2

Pasadena — Claremont

After an easy start riding east towards Glendora, we’ll then attack the 26-mile-long Mount Baldy, scene of many epic battles in the Tour of California. Then it’s a fast descent into Claremont, where a great Belgian ale house and our wonderful hotel await.

Distance

105 KM

Climbing

2,450 M

Accommodation

Casa 425

Day 3

Claremont — Lake Arrowhead

Departing early, we’ll climb to escape the heat of the day, passing from the San Gabriel to the San Bernardino mountains, and along the edge of the Mojave Desert.

Distance

145 KM

Climbing

4,150 M

Accommodation

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

Day 4

Lake Arrowhead — Idyllwild

Today we’ll cross the highest pass in Southern California, Onyx Summit (8,443ft/2,573m), before tumbling down into the San Gorgonio Pass. The Panoramic Highway lives up to its name, taking us to our overnight stop in Idyllwild.

Distance

193 KM

Climbing

4,550 m

Accommodation

Blue Bird Inn

Day 5

Idyllwild — Julian

We’ll leave the San Jacinto Mountains behind us and head towards the warm desert along the Pines-to-Palms Scenic Byway. We cycle through orange orchards and then the Cahuilla Indian reservation as we make our way towards the Anza-Borrego desert, covered in wildflowers and cacti. We stop for lunch and a tour of of one of the oldest wineries in the area. One last push up Banner Grade, and we arrive into the small mountain town of Julian, famous for their apple pies. Unpack and relax at our favorite B&B, the Orchard Hill Inn, where we spend our last two nights of the trip.

Distance

174 KM

Climbing

3,232 M

Accommodation

Orchard Hill Country Inn

Day 6

Julian — Mt. Palomar

We’ll be completing our riding with the Queen Stage of the trip, featuring the mammoth climb of the impressive Mount Palomar, going straight up for nearly 4,185 ft with grades averaging 7% and by our count, 18 switchbacks - often compared to the infamous Alpe d’Huez. At the peak, stunning vistas expand as far as the eyes can see from the observatory. We’ll enjoy a long descent over the ridge line with more gorgeous views of the valley down below ahead of our final dinner together.

Distance

164 KM

Climbing

3,100 M

Accommodation

Orchard Hill Country Inn

Day 7, Departure Day

Julian

Our final breakfast together, before onward travel home to either San Diego (drop off around 11am) or LAX (drop off around 1pm).

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Customer Testimonials

So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.

— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016

It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.

— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016

FAQ

Am I strong enough for the trip?

All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

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Telephone: 877.907.2742

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Asia Pacific

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