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 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.
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.