Your guides will get you fitted to your bike and conduct a brief before your first ride. Lightly-trafficked Santa Rosa Road is an ideal cycling route, offering gentle grades and vast stretches of vineyards, farmland and bright fields of marigolds. Along the way you?ll visit a tasting room to sample the varietals featured in the area. The next two nights we?ll be based in the Danish-inspired town of Solvang, you may see some familiar landmarks from the Paul Giamatti movie, Sideways. A film that put the region on the map in a rather entertaining way. Lunch and Dinner included.
Cycling: 39 mi Elevation Gain/Loss +1919 ft / -1762 ft; Transfer: 1.5 hours.
Yesterday?s warm-up will give us the charge we need for the biggest challenge of the week, Figueroa Mountain. In the morning, we?ll ride along Happy Canyon Road, cycling past vineyards and horse ranches dotted with old-growth oak trees. Approaching the foothills, soft grades turn up to 6-9% and sustain for 10 miles to the top. Reaching the crescendo, we?ll reward ourselves to open views of the valley below before a long, curvy decent. You?ll hardly notice Neverland Ranch as you?re whizzing past on your way back to the hotel for a shower and time to explore Solvang. We?ll gather for a group dinner and toast to embracing challenges and celebrate today?s accomplishments. All meals included.
Cycling: 48 mi Elevation Gain/Loss: +5131 ft / -5132 ft.
Warm up our legs this morning retracing yesterday?s ride up the gentle Ballard Canyon Road to Los Olivos. Cycle out and back on Foxen Canyon Road, famed for the country?s most well-known wine estates. If your legs want a little extra recovery time, stay in Los Olivos to explore this quaint town. We?ll regroup before continuing our way to the town of Santa Ynez. From here, we?ll shuttle to an old mountainside western saloon along the appropriately named Stagecoach Road. Saddle up and head uphill to the Camino Cielo or ?Heaven Road? that undulates along the ridge line of the Santa Ynez mountains, offering the opportunity for amazing panoramic views of the city down below and, on clear days, out to the Channel Islands. We?ll roll down, past the historic mission and into the heart of the ?American Riviera,? Santa Barbara. All meals included.
Cycling: 52 miles, Elevation Gain/Loss: +4391 ft / -5921 ft.
Today offers you the chance to pedal along the Pacific Ocean where you can observe the ocean fauna and sandy beaches as you enjoy the nearly flat, easy riding to Ventura, CA. Grab a bite of lunch around town before we begin a gradual climb along a beautiful bike path to the charming resort town of Ojai nestled in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains. Ojai is complete with artists shops and an eclectic aura. Breakfast and dinner included.
Cycling: 42 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1596 ft / -864 ft.
Our ride today is a straightforward climb from Ojai into Los Padres National Forest, named for the priests of the Spanish missions that traverse the state. You'll ride through Wheeler Gorge on your way up into the mountains. After a roadside stop and picnic lunch with an amazingly spectacular valley view, you've earned the right for a fun, winding 3,500 ft descent back to Ojai. All meals included.
Cycling: 34 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +3547 ft / -3546 ft
Today offers you the chance to pedal back down into the valley along a scenic country road and through the upscale community of Montecito, home to many of the Hollywood elite. You?ll pedal through pastoral landscapes past avocado farms and along bike paths with the opportunity to head back to Santa Barbara along the Pacific Coast. After you bid goodbye to your new-found friends you can extend your stay in Santa Barbara or take an optional shuttle to the Santa Barbara airport for an early evening departure. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Cycling: 36 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2344 ft / -3067 ft; Transfer: 30 minutes (Optional).