South - 50 Miles
There are up to two days of riding; each one different. You can choose to ride a segment of Day 1,a segment of Day 2, segments of each Day 1 and 2, or perhaps the entire ride on both Days. The route has been designed to be challenging but achievable, and the more time you have to train the more likely you will be able to add miles to your goal. No matter what you choose, we have placed rest stops along the route that are stocked with everything to keep you going (food, water, energy bars, and other basic necessities), restrooms, all staffed by our incredible rest stop volunteers.
The entire route is supported by our Support and Gear Vehicle Volunteers ("SAGs"), bike mechanics, medical assistants, and our PRK route angels who provide additional awareness for you and others sharing the route and guiding you along the way. You will also find signs placed throughout the route to guide you along to your next destination whether that’s to the next rest stop or your chosen finish point.
0 Miles: Puhi Island School - Home Base
Start your Paradise Ride Kauai adventure after you experience a traditional Hawaiian blessing which sends all riders off to an incredible start to their journey. You will depart and wind your way through the back roads of Puhi and out Halemalu road through incredible scenic countryside with Mt. Haupu beckoning you. You will continue along the main road south to “Tree Tunnel” road and experience a wonderful downhill entrance to historic Koloa Town. From there you will continue on towards Poipu Beach Park for your first stop.
24 Miles: Poipu Beach – Rest Stop
Design Your Own Route: First End Point
Refresh yourself, stretch your legs, and get a breather at the first rest stop. This is the first place you may choose to complete your Day Two ride. To continue you wind up and through Omao and then on to Kalaheo. This is a moderately challenging climb which will bring you to the next stop at Kauai Coffee Visitor Center.
This is the first place you may choose to complete your Day Two ride.
35 Miles: Kauai Coffee Plantation - Lunch Stop
Design Your Own Route: Second End Point
Here you will be able to really take a breath, stretch and have a wonderful lunch. Relax a little, catch up with your friends and enjoy the scenery. This is the second place you may choose to complete your Day Two ride!
45 Miles: Kalaheo Community Center – Rest Stop
This leg of the route is the most challenging part of Day Two as it features a thrilling downhill ride through Ele’ele followed by strenuous climb out of historic Hanapepe and then through hills on your way back through Kalaheo to the Community Center. This next stop will greet you with refreshments, indoor bathrooms and cheering volunteers.
55 Miles: Puhi Island School - Home Base
You’ve almost made it, as you continue the last part of the climb, leaving Kalaheo, and make your way back to the first portion of the route from the morning. Continue on just a few miles further and you will be treated to smiling faces, ono eats, a shower and a massage at our home base, Island School where you will enjoy a send-off feast fit for a cyclist!
Congratulations, you’ve just helped us make Paradise Ride Kauai 2013 another success!
**Please note that all miles are approximate and vary based on tire size, GPS used, riding style and road position while riding**
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