Lompoc to Jalama Beach

Remote Jalama Beach is a great destination for a bike-overnight. Pack a tent and sleeping bag and head for Lompoc. Take the AMTRAK Surfliner to Surf, a tiny station along the coast, 9.5 flat miles west of Lompoc. Your bike rides free, just be sure to reserve it, too. Maybe spend one night in a Lompoc hotel and one on … Read More

Ventura to Ojai Bike Trail

For an easy getaway take the AMTRAK Surfliner from Los Angeles, San Diego or Santa Barbara to Ventura – bring your bike for free. From the Ventura AMTRAK Station follow the Ventura River Trail which eventually turns into the Ojai Valley Trail. Enjoy the quiet trail and the beautiful valley views. The off-road trail and the gentle grade from Ventura … Read More

Gibraltar

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

Santa Barbara Sunday Ride

The Arlington Theatre

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

Goleta Beach Park

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

Foxen Canyon Road

Foxen Canyon Road has it all – this out and back ride from Los Olivos may become your favorite, too. There’s a lot to like. Little Los Olivos has grown into a large wine-tasting center. Are there 10 or 20 wine tasting rooms here? You’ll lose count, too. Start your morning with an in-town stop for coffee at Corner House … Read More