Christine’s Los Olivos Loop


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.

Dave Bourgeois
PoppySpring wildflowers
Bright green after the winter rains