Figueroa Mountain

Epic

Start from downtown Los Olivos heading southeast. Ride the route counter clockwise as it’s less steep and a dirt road section on Happy Canyon Road is better handled going up than down. This 40-mile loop climbs relentlessly offering great views along the route. It’s the signature ride of the Santa Ynez Valley. Linger near the summit where you’ll enjoy vistas … Read More

Christine’s Los Olivos Loop

Challenging

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 Rosa Road

Moderate

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

Ventura – Santa Paula – Ojai

Challenging

Do the work, put in the effort and after 9 miles of up you’ll be rewarded with a long downhill all the back to your starting point. This challenging loop ride offers spectacular views as you crest and enter the Ojai Valley. As you make the turn and head south to Ventura jump on the off-road Ojai Valley Trail that … Read More

Sulphur Mountain Loop

Challenging

Ojai

Ojai, its nickname is Shangri La. You’ve got to spend some time here to understand why. It’s a small town jewel with great places to stay, golf, shop, dine and ride your bike, of course. Everyone loves a smooth road, yet gravel roads are increasingly popular. Why? Because you’re riding where cars are scarce. Got three days for riding? Take … Read More

Mountain Drive

Moderate

Mountain Drive views

A great morning wake up ride! You’ll get your heart started – a tidy 16.4 miles long, this ride takes you up 800 feet above Santa Barbara for spectacular views from winding Mountain Drive. Your descent passes through upscale Montecito’s gated estates, historic hotels, and dining venues. Return to the start past Santa Barbara Cemetery, the Bird Refuge, and East … Read More