Stage 2 - Half Moon Bay - Half Moon Bay

Compact: 110km | 1896 M+ (68 mi | 6221 ft) · 28 September

Stage 2 starts with a transfer to Pillar Point Pier in Half Moon Bay, and the course is well worth the drive. Starting seaside, the route will travel south before taking on the short climb of Higgins Canyon Road just 6 miles into the stage.

After gradually rolling your way back toward the Pacific Ocean the next major challenge begins with the climb up Tunitas Creek. This twisty 5.6mi (9km) climb ascends more than 450 meters (1500 ft) before crossing Skyline Blvd and descending toward Redwood City and Palo Alto.

You’ll only have about 5km (3 miles) between the end of the descent and the start of a classic South Bay climb up Old La Honda Road. This 5km climb gains more than 1200 feet of elevation as it makes its way back up to Skyline Blvd, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views from the ridgeline.

With almost all the climbing for the stage completed, both Original and Compact courses will turn toward the Pacific Ocean and start twisting and exhilarating descents. The Original course will descend to Pescadero, while the Compact course will descend to San Gregorio. Both routes end up on historic Route 1 for a very gradual – but much appreciated – downhill run back to the finish in Half Moon Bay.

Stage 2 of Haute Route San Francisco will be held in conjunction with the Gran Fondo National Series’ Jensie Gran Fondo. This one-day event, founded by legendary racer and cycling personality Jens Voigt, will share the Original and Compact courses, and add a shorter family-friendly loop.

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