Christine’s Los Olivos Loop

The Santa Ynez Valley (Spanish for Saint Agnes) offers some of the best year-round bike riding in Santa Barbara County on quiet rural roads.

The Ride

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 farm where I grew up in France. It also feels like I took a trip somewhere even if it’s only a 45 minute drive from Santa Barbara.

Make it a tradition

When I turned 50, I wanted to celebrate and share something that I enjoy the most with friends. My decision was easy to make and the January birthday ride has become a very fun tradition.

About the Author

Christine Bourgeois

Christine is the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition's Education Director.

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Photo credits: Christine Bourgeois