There are many active bicycle clubs and groups within Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. They all welcome new members and visitors alike. Their websites, as shown by the active links in their names, will give you information about their rides, meetings, and other activities.
The is an Isla Vista criterium race in 2007.
This is one of the competitors in a duathlon race in 2005.
Mountain bike riders at the ranch near Los Olivos.
These Echelon members are riding on the hills at Elings Park.
These Goleta Valley Cycling Club members are ready for a local ride. Photo by Robert Young.
Col Vento Cycling
Col Vento Cycling is a cycling team comprised of a diverse group of athletes from the Santa Maria and the Central California Coast area. Established in 1989, the USA Cycling sanctioned club and a member of the United States Cycling Federation (USCF), Col Vento has grown from an eight rider team in 1989 to over 35 today. They partner with local shops to provide bikes to underprivileged children.
Santa Maria BMX
Santa Maria BMX provides families a fun and rewarding experience through the thrill of bicycle motocross on their own track. They provide a safe, comfortable environment for riders of all ages and skill levels. Riders of nearly any age who can ride a bike are welcome to practice and race. They are sanctioned by the National Bicycle League (NBL).
Tailwinds Bicycle Club
Tailwinds is a group of sociable cyclists offering members and visitors a variety of no-drop rides with food and drink stops. They offer rides for every fitness level from flat rides around Santa Maria as well as longer, more challenging rides all around northern Santa Barbara county. To improve your health and fitness, meet like-minded cyclists, and have a lot of fun, join Tailwinds for rides and meetings.
Stump Grinder Dirt Club
The SGDC has been promoting an active cycling lifestyle since 1998. The club has access to a private location for mountain biking on a ranch near Los Olivos where enthusiasts enjoy biking in a safe location among other bikers. With two downhill trails, a 12-mile cross country course, and miles of dirt double track ranch roads, the ranch has countless opportunities for riders of all abilities.
Santa Ynez Valley Cycling Club
This is the newest club in the county. They have weekly rides for members and guests. Monthly meetings have featured speakers, and social BBQs keep the members connected. The contact is their blog, a website is promised for 2011.
Lompoc Valley Bicycle Club
The LVBC is a nonprofit, family oriented, recreational organization dedicated to the sport of cycling. The club welcomes both novice and experienced riders, road and mountain, as well as those who are just starting out with cycling.
The Dirtbags have a strong passion for cycling, healthy competition, friendship and good fun. They are ambassadors of cycling, working to promote mountain biking while preserving and protecting the environment where they live and ride. They give away bikes to needy children each Christmas, and support the county foodbank, the wounded veterans’ Ride 2 Recovery, plus juvenile diabetes and breast cancer organizations.
Goleta Valley Cycling Club
The GVCC is a southern Santa Barbara county recreational and sport touring association committed to promoting safety, health and fitness through the shared social activity of bicycling. Members receive a monthly newsletter and shop discounts. They actively support the larger community with grants, helmets, lights, bikes for youth and bikepath cleanup.
Echelon Santa Barbara
Echelon is a road bicycling club based in Santa Barbara. The club welcomes dedicated new riders and experienced racers, men and women, old or young, and all those who want to expand their cycling horizons. With a legacy in Santa Barbara bike racing dating back to 1984, the USCF-registered club encourages cyclists to become involved in competitive level training and racing. They promote road races, criteriums, and time trials. Their weekly training ride pace ranges from 18 to a scorching 30+ MPH.
Elings Park BMX Raceway
The Elings Park bicycle motor-cross BMX track provides great riding and competitive racing opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities. Sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association (ABA), the race track organization is dedicated to creating a healthy, positive cycling environment for members and visitors.
Channel Islands Cycling Club
The Channel Islands Cycling Club is a powerhouse of riding, events like the Cool Breeze Century, and local advocacy. They offer an extensive list of rides into Santa Barbara County, the Ojai Valley, and southern Ventura county all leaving from the Ventura Mission.