The ultimate in-town climb!
Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches, iconic architecture and award-winning wine country, but it’s also a great place for cycling, with temperatures staying between 50 and 80º year-round. The most iconic and toughest route is up Gibraltar Road – home to the spectacular Amgen Tour of California Stage finish in 2016 (where, bonus – the road was recently … Read More
Some rides should start uptown, right? This one does, at the iconic Arlington Theatre. 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 see the best of Santa Barbara and that means we’re riding bikes. This route tastes many of Santa Barbara’s most delicious … Read More
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. This route is accessible to most cyclists that enjoy a good climb. At 17 miles long, this ride takes you up 800 feet above Santa Barbara … Read More
Out and back, from The Dolphin Fountain at the beach, it’s a 20-mile round-trip route from downtown Santa Barbara to Goleta Beach Park, half off-road. Everyone will enjoy the quiet Obern Trail. You can have a conversation while you ride and you can ride 2-abreast. Some cyclists won’t want to come back – your destination and the route there are … Read More
Welcome to The Grand Loop, the inspiration for CycleCalCoast. 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. Hotels, food and beverage – you’ll … Read More
Your destination is the Boathouse on Hendry’s Beach. There’s lots of bike parking here, a repair station and a pump, too. Refill your water bottle before you depart. After lunch explore the new observatory – stairs behind the restaurant take you to a beautiful lookout. Every experienced cyclist can enjoy this ride up and over the Mesa. Follow the route … Read More