Gibraltar

Michael BeckerEpic0 Comments

Where can you ride from the beach to the mountains in a single day? It’s not a trick question. Here’s the quintessential example, Gibraltar Road. For the ultimate experience, begin at the Dolphin Fountain at Stearns Wharf. Follow the bike lanes on State Street; your climb begins at The Mission. Need it be said? This is a 2 water bottle … Read More

Christine’s Los Olivos Loop

Christine BourgeoisChallenging0 Comments

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

Santa Barbara Sunday Ride

Frank PetersEasy

The Arlington Theatre

Some rides should start uptown, right? This one does – at the iconic Arlington Theatre. This route tastes many of Santa Barbara’s most delicious destinations. Do it in an afternoon then return uptown for dinner. This has been my favorite route for out of town visitors. Most of the time they’re arriving late, or leaving early, but they’re happy to … Read More

Passing Through

Frank PetersChallenging

Los Padres National Forest

Welcome to San Luis Obispo. Coming from the north? You’re probably due for a layover day. Or maybe you took the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego or Los Angeles. Maybe you’re on a tight schedule, but however you arrive, take your time on this segment. It’s worth it – you’re entering wine country. This route begins at the San Luis … Read More

Santa Barbara Sights

Frank PetersEasy

Courthouse Jail

History, culture, architecture and produce, too – Santa Barbara has it all and there’s nowhere better to see these sights than on this downtown ride. February marks the beginning of spring at the Santa Barbara Courthouse – it’s when the teacup magnolia trees are in full bloom. Whatever season you’re visiting you’ll find this landmark worth a long visit. Take … Read More

Santa Rosa Road

Frank PetersModerate

If you hit half of the local wineries and tasting rooms, you’ll never finish your ride: Alma Rosa, Terravant, Pench Ranch, Spear, Clos Pepe – and you’re not halfway yet. After lunch in Lompoc you’ll return via Santa Rosa Rd you’ll pass D’Alfonso & Curran, Sanford, Fiddlestix, LaFond, and Thorne near the end of this ride. Film buffs will enjoy … Read More