Refugio Pass

Challenging

As of May 1, 2017 Refugio Road is CLOSED. Check Santa Barbara County road closures here. Today’s your big ride – to get into Santa Barbara you must climb the coastal range, the Santa Ynez Mountains. This route keeps you away from the highway alternatives, you’ll be climbing this quiet mountain pass far from automobiles. Start the day with Ballard … Read More

Santa Maria to Los Olivos

Challenging

Today’s gorgeous and more challenging ride along Foxen Canyon Road takes you into lovely Los Olivos. By the time you get to Fess Parker Winery you’ll deserve a break; while you’re indulging note that your next winery is nearby at the Firestone Vineyard. Feel like splurging? Book your stay at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in downtown … Read More

Christine’s Los Olivos Loop

Challenging

The Santa Ynez Valley (Spanish for Saint Agnes) offers some of the best bike riding in Santa Barbara County on small and quiet roads all year round. This 40+ mile ride goes through areas planted with wine grapes mixed in with rolling hills, ancient oak trees, cattle and horse ranches. I love it because it reminds me of the family … Read More

Passing Through

Challenging

Los Padres National Forest

Let’s assume you’re starting in San Luis Obispo. Maybe you came from the north, or maybe you took the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego or Los Angeles. Either way, you’re probably due for a layover day. You’re in luck. Maybe you’re on a tight schedule, but however you arrive, take your time on this segment. It’s worth it – you’re … Read More

Ventura – Santa Paula – Ojai

Challenging

Do the work, put in the effort and after 9 miles of up you’ll be rewarded with a long downhill all the back to your starting point. This challenging loop ride offers spectacular views as you crest and enter the Ojai Valley. As you make the turn and head south to Ventura jump on the off-road Ojai Valley Trail that … Read More

Sulphur Mountain Loop

Challenging

Ojai

Ojai, its nickname is Shangri La. You’ve got to spend some time here to understand why. It’s a small town jewel with great places to stay, golf, shop, dine and ride your bike, of course. Everyone loves a smooth road, yet gravel roads are increasingly popular. Why? Because you’re riding where cars are scarce. Got three days for riding? Take … Read More