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June 17, 2024

Ritual Ride opening at The Hangar

WATSONVILLE—Since deciding to open their own business, Dave and Marissa Molinari have learned plenty of lessons.

Chief among those lessons: stay positive and remain focused on your goals.

“It will never go according to plan,” Dave said. “It’s important to learn and stay positive through the bumps in the road.”

That’s a skillset they and their instructors will preach when their business, Ritual Ride Cycle Studio, welcomes its first customers during its grand opening Saturday at 11 a.m.

The new indoor cycling studio on Watsonville’s Aviation Way is a high-tech, ultra-welcoming fitness alternative for cycling enthusiasts and first-timers looking to break a sweat and make some friends. The instructors will operate in the sweet spot between the high-intensity of traditional cycling studios and the mindfulness of a revitalizing yoga session.

“That mindfulness in that practice, that’s what we’re trying to bring into the indoor cycling experience,” Dave said.

The studio features 30 bikes that will gather stats on the customer’s ride. That data will be available through Ritual Ride’s app for riders to keep track of their progress and set goals.

“We want to really give them something to come away with,” Marissa said. “We can show them this graph, these metrics that can show them what they did.”

Dave and Marissa for years managed multiple local and regional fitness centers before deciding to open their own. They both graduated from San Jose State University.

The addition of Ritual Ride nearly fills all of The Hangar’s brick-and-mortar locations. 

The business complex features Mr. Z’s Crepes & Teas, Beer Mule Bottle Shop and Pour House and Zameen at the Hangar. Those businesses will have more neighbors in the near future, according to Kevin Dueck of EKB Partners, which redeveloped the World War II-era hangar on the outskirts of the city.

An ice cream shop, coffee shop and Aloha Hola Tacos are also set to open soon—the latter two will be housed in the property’s container shops.

“We’re so happy to be a part of this community,” Marissa said. “The people here have overwhelmed us with how quickly they’ve embraced us…That’s the type of community that we want to be a part of and build here.”

For information on Ritual Ride Cycle Studio visit https://www.ritualridestudio.com/.

Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.

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