It was a tradition started 39 years ago by a couple who moved here from San Diego that was supposed to bring Pleasure Point neighbors together.
Saturday the 39th Annual Pleasure Point Bike Race drew hundreds, 300 exactly, from all over the state. The race is a competition in name only. More than bicycle prowess, it measures the riders ability to drink as many beers as possible at several homes in town and then make it to the next one.
For the admission cost of $40, riders get a T-shirt and unlimited beer and sandwiches at some shockingly big and beautiful Pleasure Point homes. They also get to dance to great music by the likes of the Expendables, who have two September dates at the Catalyst, and Spun, a fun 90s cover band. (Sorry third band...the beer overwhelmed the memory).
There is no web page to get into next year's event. It's invite only, but there were people who couldn't ride selling their T-shirts (which are used instead of tickets), so that may be an option.
The loosely connected snake of bikes follows a leader to the homes. No one else knows where they are. That's the extent of the challenge. And there are security staff people to keep riders from blocking streets during the parties.
Luckily there were no CHP officers or there would be a plethora of BWIs. The whole thing harkened back to the days when Pleasure Point was known for its saloons and dens of ill repute and was a place for fun.