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

Santa Maria to Santa Barbara

If you’re in Santa Maria you’ve got options: press on to Santa Barbara directly and skip the lovely, amenity-rich Santa Ynez valley, or take the best-in-the-valley route to Los Olivos – you decide. This segment of the Pacific Coast Bike Route offers the most direct route south from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara. Amenities are few along this route today, … Read More

Figueroa Mountain

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

Rincon Trail

Whether you’re passing through on the Pacific Coast Bike Route or you’re out for local ride, you’ll enjoy this most modern bicycle infrastructure. Advocates wanted an off-road alternative to riding on the 101 Fwy; their wishes came true with this 2-way, off-road trail between the freeway and the ocean. The route starts in Santa Barbara and follows the Pacific Coast … Read More


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

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