9th Annual Cannon Coaster Ride Traverses Moss Landing to San Luis Obispo


In September, Cannon’s team of cycling enthusiasts, the Cannon Coasters, traversed more than 150 miles of the scenic California State Highway 1. The route through Big Sur is known for its winding turns, seaside cliffs, and views of the misty coastline. Coasters commenced day one of their three-day trip in Moss Landing, riding their first 60-mile segment to Northerly Big Sur. On the second day, the team headed out from Fernwood Campground, traveling 64 miles to San Simeon. They ended the third day by riding from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo in a final stretch of 42 miles. Along the way, Coasters were followed by a Support and Gear (SAG) vehicle toting baggage, extra bikes, emergency supplies, and provisions.

The route wasn’t without its challenges – the hills in Big Sur make for a strenuous ride. Friday and Saturday the weather was sunny, cool, with a tailwind to push the riders along. Sunday, however, brought a 25 mile-per-hour headwind, and the group rode into a storm, making the final 40 miles feel much farther.

Cannon Coasters is an offshoot of Loose Cannons, an in-house group of staff members and their friends and family who participate in often extreme sports and recreational activities together. Along with the annual Cannon Coaster ride, other events they take on include the California Death Ride and Mojave Death Race.

Keep your eyes peeled for details about the 2023 ride! If you have questions, are interested in joining the Cannon Coasters, or want to meet the team somewhere along their trip, please contact John Evans at [email protected].