Approximately 170 cyclists rolled through the Central Coast on Wednesday for a ride benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.
Cyclists are five days through the eight-day-long California Coast Classic, which starts in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles. This year is the ride’s 18th year.
Cyclists were able to take the Big Sur route for the first time since last year’s landslide at Mud Creek on Highway 1.
Not only is the fundraising part of the ride important, but cyclists also say the ride means a lot of people who have arthritis and other related conditions.
“I said I always wanted to ride the coast, so it was a goal: could I actually do it?” said Randy Evans, a cyclist from Los Angeles. Evans said this is his 10th year on the ride. “It’s not just for me – it’s riding for somebody else.”
As of Wednesday morning, organizers said they were only $6,202 short of the ride’s $1 million goal.