Andy Jacques-Maynes is a professional road cyclist competing for the American-based Bissell Pro Cycling team. He invited Cyclingnews to join him on his favourite training ride throughout the quiet roads surrounding his hometown of Watsonville, California.
The Big Basin Loop travels along almost 95 miles of county roads on the outskirts of the ocean-side city of Santa Cruz, a city renowned for its surfer friendly waves.
High above the Pacific ocean rustic mountain roads lead Andy through sections of forest where California’s famed Red Wood trees grow, evoking memories of his former days as a mountain biker.
Gaining 10,000 feet elevation, his route provides epic views that remind Andy why he loves to ride his bike.
To view an exclusive video of Andy's ride click here.