The Grand Loop

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Welcome to The Grand Loop, the inspiration for CycleCalCoast.

An epic, multi-day ride

Where to begin? Consider taking the AMTRAK Surfliner from Los Angeles or San Diego – your bike rides free.

This route hits all the highlights the coastal region has to offer. Follow prior year routes of the Amgen Tour as you loop around Lake Casitas.

Amenities to match

Hotels, food and beverage – you’ll have many to chose from as you traverse this well-signed route. Local breweries will quench your thirst at the end of a long day’s ride. Wine tasting rooms are scattered throughout Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone awaiting your explorations.

Spend a day or a week

Let this Grand Loop be just the beginning of your cycling adventures – the Santa Ynez Valley offers several beautiful routes along wine country’s quiet roads.


Ventura, Santa Paula, Ojai Loop

Ventura, Santa Paula, Ojai Loop

A classic 50-mile loop ride, starting in Ventura.

The Ride

Do the work, put in the effort and after 9 miles of climbing you’ll be rewarded with a long downhill all the way back to your starting point.

Experience Level

This challenging loop ride offers spectacular views as you crest and enter the Ojai Valley.

The Route

Consider riding the route counter clockwise. As you make the turn and head south to Ventura jump on the Class 1 Ojai Valley Trail that connects to the Ventura River Trail taking you all way downtown.

How to get here

Take the AMTRAK Surfliner to Ventura, where you’ll easily intercept this route.


Lake Casitas Loop

Lake Casitas Loop

Start this loop ride from either Ventura or Santa Barbara.

The Ride

On this segment of The Grand Loop you’ll enjoy cool coastal breezes as you climb along a favorite route of the Amgen Tour.

Experience Level

This 70-mile loop ride is a great workout, best suited for experienced cyclists.

The Route

After a long warm up ride along Route 192 through Montecito you climb to meet Toro Cyn Road. The next highlight is Gobernador Canyon Road, which features great scenics before connecting you to Route 150 where you’ll begin the ascent to Casitas Pass.

Insider Tips


Grand Loop West

The Grand Loop West

photo by Jeff Clark

Searching for world-class cycling possibilities? This Grand Loop route offers the ultimate in-town experience!

The Ride

From the ocean to the moutains, from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria and Goleta – this Century ride may fall slightly short in mileage, but not in breadth of terrain and elevation.

Experience Level

Featuring some of the most rigorous riding in the region, this route attracts the most experienced cyclists.

The Route

Like a collection of the best day-rides, like the Lake Casitas Loop, Gibralter Road and the much tamer Mesa Loop, this route and derivatives of it, are often featured in the annual Santa Barbara 100.

Designed for counterclockwise riding you’ll enjoy cool coastal breezes as you fly down the coast to Carpinteria. The first of many climbing treats, Gobernador Canyon Road offers barely a hint of what’s to come.

Insider Tips

A spectacular riding experience with a route bookended by Santa Barbara’s finest hotels. Local wines and produce combine to make your evening’s dining entertain exceptional. If you’re searching for the ultimate cycling destination, look no further.

Photo credits: Michael Becker, Jeff Clark, Dan Harding, Leslie Ogden & Frank Peters


3 Comments on “The Grand Loop”

  1. I’ve done part of this Grand Loop – from Downtown Santa Barbara to Carpinteria then up Casitas Pass to the Ojai Valley Trail south to Ventura Marina for the evening – what a ride! Did it as part of the inaugural CalBike Surf and Turf Tour, Nov 2014 – sponsored by Pedego Electric Bikes, I rode their City Commuter.

  2. Am I right that the grand loop is really three loops? Or is the grand loop the perimeter of the three loops?

    1. It started out as 1 big loop, but with few enthusiasts for a 155-mi giant and ambitious loop we started thinking of it as a 3-loop route. No question that new capabilities from RidewithGPS, the regional maps, helped us with rethinking the Grand Loop. Gonna take it on? Keep us posted.

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