Stories from Santa Cruz

Add a story

Read stories and get inspired! Share a cycling story and inspire others to get out and ride!

Image for story Mothers Day

Mothers Day

My son, husband and I decided to spend Mother's Day biking the Coastal Trail from Pacific Grove just past Marina. My husband and I have new electric bikes and we rented a bike in Pacific Grove for... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1
1
Image for story Biking from 🐐 to  🚲 repair today!

Biking from 🐐 to 🚲 repair today!

Rode my 🚲, “ 🌷 “ to 🐐 exercise class this morning and only got half way before my 🚲 chain came off! Therefore I walked the rest of the way, attended class, and then transported ( by 🛻) to Current ... read more

Topic: Other

Laughter

I ride daily around the UCSC campus. Today while riding down the bike path from the Recital Hall I decided to laugh loudly. I didn't start off feeling like I wanted to laugh but by the time I arriv... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1
3
Image for story Virtual Camino de Santiago

Virtual Camino de Santiago

In 2018, my husband and I planned to travel to Europe to complete the Camino de Santiago by bicycle. We cancelled our trip after finding that his cancer (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) had reared it’s hea... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

2
10

Slow Streets

The City of Santa Cruz has launched a Slow Streets program, and we are looking for neighborhoods to nominate their streets! The Slow Streets program is designed to limit through traffic on cert... read more

Topic: Other

3
12
Image for story Chef Maria Bikes to Work

Chef Maria Bikes to Work

Another Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes employee trades in her keys for a helmet and commutes to work. Our kitchen Manager, Maria is dedicated to preparing healthy lunches and feeding anyone who n... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

1
19
Image for story While I was away...

While I was away...

Sadly I missed the big company ride this past weekend, but had the incredible opportunity to travel to Ireland. This was my first time ever in Europe and I wanted to make the most of my ONE day of... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1
11

Mutually Assured Destruction

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

4
18
Image for story Lente!

Lente!

Because we #lovetoride

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

1
6

Saving Nature

I ride my bike to work and to play and I love to hike in nature. I was out with friends last week at the Land Of Medicine Buddha in Soquel. This is a private Buddhist Monastery. Absolutely no bik... read more

Topic: Other

1
5
Image for story TandeMadness

TandeMadness

All of September I am participating in the Great Cycle Challenge. It's a fund raiser to raise awareness and funds for children's cancer research. It's my 4th time doing it. I love it and I feel GR... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

1
6
Image for story Anxiety and Biking During a Pandemic

Anxiety and Biking During a Pandemic

It took me a while to want to leave my house at all during the pandemic. I did not show up well for myself in the beginning and my mind got the best of me for longer than I would like to admit. I h... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

1
15
Image for story 2000 Miles

2000 Miles

Last year in May, I decided that I did not not want to ride to work anymore and bought an electric bike. In that time I have gone down to a one-car family. I just hit 2000 miles on my bike. That is... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

6
21
Image for story Grocery Delivery by Bike

Grocery Delivery by Bike

When COVID hit and I made it through the initial shock wave, I started looking for ways to help Santa Cruz community members in need. Food access was top of mind, especially in those early days of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

3
25

Bike + Freediving in Santa Cruz

Recently made plans to do a little free-diving (wetsuit, mask, fins but no scuba) with my dive buddy. I had biked to work on this day. Was able to pack my gear in my saddle bags, fins sticking out... read more

Topic: Other

2
11

Stories from around the world

Bike ride

This is the first time in years that I have had my own bike and been able to get out on my bike with friends and support staff from where I live in Hatfield near Doncaster I am enjoying going out o... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Pluie

Y a beaucoup plue

Topic: My commute by bike

baby bird

I live in Cornwall and one day a week I ride a 15 mile circuit on country roads crossing the A3072 at a busy junction. On this day I had just crossed the main road and noticed a small bird in the ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Hidden gems to discover while cycling

Hidden gems to discover while cycling

I have been living in Milton Keynes since 2002. Busy life style and work commitments meant that the car was my main transport option. However, following a change in my work circumstances, I sudde... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Lambing time.

I am fortunate to have a very rural route to work (for most of it anway). Narrow, single track road with passing places, trees and fields with farm animals, etc. Earlier this year as I headed along... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1
Image for story My friend Ciara...

My friend Ciara...

My friend Ciara is one of a number of female riders recently joined Claydon Cycling Club in Buckinghamshire as part of the club's new Academy program. The initiative encourages would-be cyclists t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

2
Image for story Ride London 100

Ride London 100

Memories of my Ride London 100 mile ride back in 2018... I’m a very casual cyclist, not in a cycling club and don’t go out with any groups of cyclists, so for my first cycling sportive to be the... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1

The freedom machine

I wanted to share with you a story of why the bicycle is such a great thing. I know you all know this anyway, but here goes... I work as a Bikeability Cycling Instructor. One of the things I lov... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

1

Along the canal

I got a new job a few months ago. It means a different commute route. Every morning I now have the pleasure of part of the route being along the canal. The cygnets and ducklings are growing well an... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Scottish Odyssey

Scottish Odyssey

My wife and I recently enjoyed a wonderful tour from Edinburgh to Oban via the Union and Forth and Clyde canals, the Paisley to Greenock railway path, some challenging climbs and fabulous views acr... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cycling on isle of skye

Cycling on isle of skye

Went to isle of skye for a weeks cycling holiday, stayed in a cottage in portnalong, best cycling I've done in a few months, views were brilliant, plenty off road and on road tracks to cycle on. Me... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

2

Rejoicing in cycle lanes

I love whizzing past cars in traffic jams using cycle lanes. It always makes me feel happy to not be sitting in a hot car but instead feeling the breeze in my hair as I pass by!

Topic: My commute by bike

1
Image for story 100 miles

100 miles

2017 overweight and told pre-diabetic so had to lose weight. I lost my weight on treadmill (stick with me lol ) I have always loved cycling be it Chipper,Grifter ,M/bike or Road Bike . 2019 my ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

1
Image for story Training mood

Training mood

Challenge Ride ✨🚴🏻‍♂️

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

A weekend of cycling

For the past 4 days I cycled for charity, as far as I could each day!

Topic: Other

Image for story #Womenwhoride

#Womenwhoride

My cycling story began a long way back on a large 3 wheeled tricycle, then always rode a variety of bikes, often where I wasn't supposed to! Local dirt track was for boys, not girls and mum said 'n... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

1
2

Chasing The Sun - A Ride Against Nature

I started riding my bike for the first time since childhood last January as a means of transportation to get to and from work from my new house. everything started off sore and hard, 1 ride a day a... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1
1

Pot holes and tree roots may kill me; but it's well worth the risk!

I loved riding round the block on my red tricycle when I was a little boy. Then I got a bike and became a “virtual” sports commentator, as I fantasised my success in the Tour de France! At the age... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story It's a mental thing

It's a mental thing

Recently separated, no money to speak of and living in a rented room. I was struggling.. My head was spinning and i had a fogged mind... The one good thing I did during this was buy my mountain bik... read more

Topic: Other

1
Image for story Life saving bicycle

Life saving bicycle

I'll keep this short, I didn't hear a car from my left side, hmm going deaf? coincidently my bike would not balance... off to the Dr. numerous tests resulted in an MRI scan. Aha, it's NOT the bike... read more

Topic: Other

1
Image for story School staff love the Ebike loan scheme

School staff love the Ebike loan scheme

Through my local Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer I have organised some loan Ebikes for school staff. The interest has exploded now staff have seen the smiles on their colleagues faces as... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

1
Image for story Being Present on your ride

Being Present on your ride

Yesterday I rode the well known guided busway that runs between St Ives and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. One way it is 14 miles. Because it runs along an old trainline, it's pretty flat the whole... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

2

4000 Miles for 40

Lockdown has been tough on me and my family, so I'm trying to keep moving and positive, cycling and running are big outlets for that, a time to unwind and switch off, part of that has been to fundr... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

2
Image for story Why I'm now addicted to cycling...

Why I'm now addicted to cycling...

A newbie’s insight into the wonderful world of riding… Hello, my name is Jude, and I’m addicted to cycling. It’s a new thing and I’m definitely hooked! It all started one Saturday night, gl... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

1
3

Summer ride to work

Having recently moved out in the countryside my cycle commute to work this morning involved going on the Transpenine Trail, coming across a rabbit, a little mouse, cows and sheep. Followed by urban... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

2
Image for story Banks of the river Mersey

Banks of the river Mersey

A round trip organised by Cliff and supported by his sister Nancy and experienced rider Dave we headed out of Prescott to the Mersey taking in Huyton Hale and Halton perfect weather for a run out a... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1
Image for story From overtaken to overtaking!

From overtaken to overtaking!

Any day that I can leave my car at home is a good one, but with a journey of 17 miles on the motorway, it took some thought and planning to commute by bike. I began by riding to the station and I t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

2

My Early Morning Ride

At 72 Years old a diabetic for 50 years only just started riding a bike again in the past 9 months. I am up at 6.30 am, have breakfast then out on my bike. The roads are reasona... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

5

Bolehillls

I’ve not been to Bolehills for years, but recent events meant that I had a few hours to kill in that area, with my 6 year old. The big new ramps were too big for us, so we honed our handing skills ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

1

Am I jinxed?

On 17 December 2017 as was my usual routine after finishing my morning shift, I got on my bike to cycle to the gym. However, I’d only gone about 1-200 yards, and at very slow speed as it was still ... read more

Topic: Other

1

Riding everyday

I have been riding my bike every day since 1.1.15 when I decided this would be my bike challenge. I say every day but I crashed my bike that September and had to be brought home in an ambulance and... read more

1
Image for story LeJog aspirant

LeJog aspirant

My new found enjoyment of cycling, started around 10 years ago. I have happy childhood memories of all the bikes I have had (was never allowed a Raleigh Chopper (there's still time I guess), but a ... read more

Topic: Other

1
Image for story Coffee and cake

Coffee and cake

I first met my friend Chris about 40 years ago. For the last 20 of these years we have shared the occasional bike ride, typically between 10 and 20 miles. Lockdown 1 threw a spanner in the work... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

1
Image for story Little and often on a folding bike

Little and often on a folding bike

I used to commute to work (a round trip of 12 miles) more or less every day Monday to Friday from 2014 to 2017. That year I was diagnosed with MS, and that, combined with a constant offer of a lift... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story I've got a great idea! Have you now?

I've got a great idea! Have you now?

It all starts along time ago in a far away place. I am a proud owner of a tadpole trike a fun, not that fast but fun, if you define fun as rolling in the company carpark after doing a rather cool h... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

1