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Malibu Challenge Bike Tour

Mulholland Highway, Santa Monica Mountains, and SoCal’s Pacific Coast

4 days / 3 nights Level: 4Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Conquer some of Southern California’s legendary climbs, including Latigo Canyon, Piuma Road, and Decker Road
  • Ride the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and spin through scenery ranging from Malibu beaches and Pacific ridgelines to valley ranches and twisting canyons
  • Recover from each day’s cycling achievements with poolside lunches and time to hit the Four Seasons spa
  • Refuel with fresh, nourishing meals, including outdoor barbecues and a nutrition-focused dinner at the Four Seasons Wellness Kitchen

Eat

Creative California cuisine, farm-to-table produce, and super-fresh sushi

Drink

Chardonnay and Cabernet from the Santa Ynez Valley; Napa and Sonoma Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and Cabernets; California craft beers

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Mulholland Highway Warmup

    Meet your guides at Los Angeles International Airport or in Santa Monica and transfer to the Four Seasons Westlake Village, our home base for the next three nights. A bike fitting and safety briefing is followed by a welcome lunch, then our first loop on Mulholland Highway. Don’t let the name fool you: hardly a highway, this ribbon of road is comprised of challenging curves and sweeping views as it runs through the Santa Monica Mountains all the way to the Pacific coast. Pause for coffee at Pedalers Fork, a favorite hangout for local cyclists that’s chock-full of quirky memorabilia. Tonight, gather for an après vélo cocktail before dinner at the Four Seasons Wellness Kitchen—prepared especially for us and focused on the nutrition needs of cyclists.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Westlake, Mulholland
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 2,788 feet / 850 meters
    Accommodations: Four Seasons Westlake Village

  • Day 2

    The Santa Monica Mountains

    Today we go big, riding into the Santa Monica Mountains and all the way through Malibu. Get your cadence up during the 20-mile stretch along California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway, then choose your level of pain on a selection of great mid-ride climbs. We’ll finish with one of the best around: Latigo Canyon. It’s full of short-and-steep switchbacks, long sections of low grade, and itty-bitty descents to break things up. Phil Gaimon’s KOM is there for the taking: a seven-mile segment with a 5% average grade. By lunchtime, we’re done riding and ready for a well-earned glass of rosé. Round out the day at the Four Seasons pool, then refuel with sushi and sake at Onyx, the hotel’s ultra-chic Japanese restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Point Dume, Malibu, PCH
    Accomplished: 66 miles / 106 km, elevation gain: 4,999 feet / 1,523 meters
    Accommodations: Four Seasons Westlake Village

  • Day 3

    Into the Canyons

    Get ready for a full day of climbing as we explore Malibu’s valleys. The most iconic sections of Mulholland Highway are on the menu, including Stunt and Piuma Roads—each with a jaw-dropping perspective of Santa Monica Bay and a clear view of Palos Verdes to the south. The climb up Piuma is a grueling four-and-a-half miles at 6%, followed by short and sharp downhill switchbacks that lead right into the day’s second challenge. The next two miles average a 6% gradient before we find sweet relief on the ride back to the Four Seasons. Lunch is served at a private poolside cabana, and tonight we’ll gather for a sunset cocktail reception followed by a festive dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Mulholland, Stunt Ranch, Monte Nido
    Accomplished: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 4,217 feet / 1,285 meters
    Longer option: 53 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 4,282 feet / 1,305 meters
    Accommodations: Four Seasons Westlake Village

  • Day 4

    L'Étape du Decker

    How do you want to spend your final morning in Malibu? Choose an early morning coffee run on unexplored roads to the funky Old West town of Cornell, or tackle the hairpin turns on Decker Road as you spin out to the Pacific. Dip your toe (and a tire!) in the ocean, then head back via tough-but-beautiful Encinal Canyon Road. We’ll toast with mimosas at a late brunch before heading our separate ways and bidding farewell to Malibu’s canyons.

    Meals: Brunch
    Destinations: Cornell, Decker Road, Encinal Canyon
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 1,245 feet / 379 meters
    Longer option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 3,293 feet / 1,003 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Los Angeles, California Pick-Up Location: LAX airport or Santa Monica Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Los Angeles, California Drop-Off Location: LAX airport or Santa Monica Drop-Off Time: 2:00 pm
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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 3 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road