The Central Coast is a popular biking community providing a multitude of trails and tours for the casual biker who is looking for a refreshing change of pace or for the more competitive biker looking for a little adventure.
On-site bike rental is available to hotel guests. Hot pink cruisers, a helmet and bike locks are available for $25 on a first come basis. Please ask Guest Services for more information.
Dedicated in February 2011, the new Madonna Inn Bike Path runs parallel to Highway 101 from Marsh Street to the entrance of the Madonna Inn. The scenic paved three-quarter-mile bicycle path lets cyclists and pedestrians avoid traveling a busy city artery and negotiating two of its hairy intersections. Before, cyclists traveling between downtown and the city's westside on Higuera Street had to navigate past two freeway on-ramps and a number of intersections. Now, much of that is avoided. Read more...
Cerro San Luis Obispo
Cerro San Luis, known as Madonna Mountain to locals, is located in the heart of San Luis Obispo. The “M” which brands the side of the mountain stands for Mission College Preparatory High School. This ride offers both a fire access road and single track. Start the ride just off Marsh Road exit to highway 101 leaving downtown.
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Off Los Osos Valley Road in SLO, turn left on Prefumo Canyon Road. Designated parking is available and is the starting point for the Irish Hills trail. The climb is mild at first but becomes more challenging as you reach the top at just about 5 miles. Great views of Morro Bay and the Seven Sisters! Turn around here for a rewarding downhill. You earned it! View interactive map
Easy access to this ride is at the end of Madonna Road, or you can take the more challenging route (steeper climb) from the parking lot on Prefumo Canyon Road. From the end of Madonna Road (near Home Depot), you will find two single tracks that head up the hill. They both take you to the same destination. The one on the left is a little longer and more gradual. View interactive map
For more information on these trails and other local rides, see www.mountainbikeslocounty.com.
Art’s SLO Cyclery
Arts cyclery has the largest selection of mountain, road and bmx bikes in SLO county. Bike rentals, all parts and accessories, one-day service available and much more. (805) 543-4416 www.artscyclery.com
Wheel Fun Rentals
Located in Pismo Beach, the Wheel Fun Rentals fleet of unique vehicles offers unparalleled outdoor recreation for sightseeing, people watching, and a touch of exercise that will enhance any leisure time experience. Try a surrey with fringe on top or one of their other specialty cycles. (805) 773-0296 www.wheelfunrentals.com
Foothill Cyclery is San Luis Obispo’s #1 TREK Dealer. They offer a wide variety of road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX, cruisers and other quality brands. Check their website for group rides in the area. (805) 541-4101 www.foothillcyclery.com