Pablo, the owner at Bike Spain Tours, is one of the most passionate people we know when it comes to anything to do with cycling. For him it was a dream come true to visit California earlier this year and check out the Golden State by bike. He also took time to stop by some interesting biking monuments along the way.
Starting out in San Francisco where he cycled around some of the city’s well-known hills and crossed the Gold Gate Bridge, he then made his way to Fairfax in Marin County to visit the recently opened Marin Musuem of Cycling. With a fascinating collection of bikes spanning almost 200 years as well as being home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, this museum is well worth the visit for any bike enthusiast and Pablo certainly enjoyed the visit!
Not only is California the home of mountain biking but it is also home to the headquarters of Specialized, our trusted bike supplier here at Bike Spain Tours. Based in Morgan Hill, just south of San Jose, this impressive HQ building has been specially designed to welcome people who are interested in the brand and to allow them a view into the Specialized World and its history. Pablo had an fascinating tour of the Specialized building and also had the opportunity to meet with the company’s legendary CEO, Mike Sinyard. He was happy to let him know how much we enjoy riding their bikes and being a true ambassador for the brand in Spain.
To finish up his week of touring around the Golden State, Pablo decided to challenge himself by taking part in a cross bike race in Sonoma Valley called the Old Caz Hopper, part of the Grasshopper Adventure Series. With three dirt climbs and descents, an eclectic patchwork of Sonoma County ribbon roads and a creek crossing,Old Caz is described as “the epitome of adventure riding”.
Using the ultra cool Specialized Diverge Expert bike and competing alongside more than 300 other hardcore bikers, including some well-known professionals such as Ted King and Levi Leipheimer, our man from Bike Spain Tours did a good job at representing this side of the world and finished in 165th place. Well done Pablo! Take a look at this video clip to get an idea of what a cool race this was.