Solvang Loop

Solvang is hugely popular with tourists of all types – its proximity to Santa Barbara, only 33 miles, makes it an easy day trip. Extend your visit by renting a bike and taking this delightful Solvang-Los Olivos loop ride. You can start at either end of this route. If you begin in Solvang take Alamo Pintado Road to Los Olivos. … Read More

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 Los Olivos

Today’s gorgeous and more challenging ride along Foxen Canyon Road takes you into lovely Los Olivos. Challenging for wine lovers at least, as you’ll be tempted by the many wineries along this route. Feel like splurging? Book your stay at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in downtown Los Olivos; you deserve it. From Los Olivos you can … 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

Christine’s Los Olivos Loop

The Santa Ynez Valley (Spanish for Saint Agnes) offers some of the best year-round bike riding in Santa Barbara County on quiet rural roads. 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 farm where I … Read More

Santa Rosa Road

Film buffs will enjoy riding where “Sideways” was filmed in 2004, but 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 where you’ll pass D’Alfonso & Curran, Sanford, Fiddlestix, … 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