The excellent cycling in Santa Barbara
county is evidenced by the large number of commercial tours offered here
by more than twenty companies. Some multi-day tours are run
out of one or two central locations, others from a progression of them with your
luggage carried for you. The map shows cities where tour lodging is located.
In addition to tours, there are many day rides ranging from
a casual smell-the-roses pace to challenging 200-mile rides. Check
our home page calendar
for an updated listing of all rides and tours as details become
The country roads around the Santa Ynez Valley offer superb cycling. Photo courtesy of Cycling Escapes.
Highway 246 between Solvang and Buellton passes through an avenue of deodar
A popular cycling ride is along Foxen Canyon Road. Photo courtesy of Chez Schnitz.
Smiling cyclists pause for their souvenir photo in front of the Ballard
Inn. Photo courtesy of Central Coast Outdoors.
This is a happy biker in Santa Barbara. Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Adventure
Roads in the Solvang area pass miles of vineyards, ranches and undisturbed
land. Photo courtesy of Cycling Escapes.
by Bicycle. They have long distance rides all over the US, one of
which is "Ride the West" that takes cyclists from Astoria, Oregon to Newport
Beach, California. You can do the whole ride, or just the section from San
Francisco south. They spend nights in Santa Maria and Solvang along the way.
Phone them at 888-797-7057, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Touring Company. Backroads is offering
6-day tours down the Big Sur coast, ending with 3 days in the Solvang area.
Phone them at 800-462-2848 or email them here.
Adventures. They offer 5-day and 7-day tours down the Big
Sur coast to the Santa Barbara area. Elegant lodging, regional cuisine.
Phone them at 800-443-6060, or email email@example.com.
and Robinson. They offer custom tours in the Santa Barbara and Solvang
areas for the dates that suit you and your group. "A healthy balance
of style and substance."
Phone them at 866-551-9090, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training System. CTS offers professional training camps for
cyclists and for triathletes. Individual attention with world-class analysis
will boost your confidence on your bike. Professional mechanics, follow
vehicles, the same hotels as the pro teams. Phone them at 866-355-0645.
They will put together a tour to serve your needs, either a self-guided
one or a tour led by experienced cycling guides. Road and hybrid bikes
are available to rent. Their tours encompass Monterey, San Luis Obispo
and Santa Barbara counties. Rides can be single day or multiple-day; they
can include all meals and lodging, or consist of expert recommendations.
Phone them at 888-873-5610, or email email@example.com.
Schnitz Cycling Camps. Three-day and seven-day
cycling camps include rides of 30-80 miles each day in hills and mountains
in north Santa Barbara county, out of Los Alamos. Camps include lodging
and ride support. Phone them at 743-3123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
They offer a challenging 6-day "Bicycle Tour of Solvang Wine Country"
out of Solvang, ranging from 30 to 100
miles long. Bike rental
is available. All meals, hotel, guide, mechanical support, shuttle from
and to the Santa Barbara airport are included. Phone them at 714-267-4591,
or email them here.
805. This group is based in Santa Barbara and their goal is
to improve your overall fitness through biking combined with strength
training. They offer road cycling, mountain biking, and spinning sessions.
Phone them at 705-5790, or email them here.
Bike Santa Barbara.
Shuttle service between Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley is provided for
one-day wine country tours. Includes Specialized hybrid bike, helmet,
knowledgeable guide, picnic lunch, and tasting at two wineries. About
15 miles of riding with sightseeing stops along the way. Tours depart
daily from Santa Barbara and Goleta. Phone them at 705-7998 or email
Ultra. They offer multi-day tours and one-day rides of 65-200
miles. Includes a week-long Solvang Spring Tour, two 200-mile double
centuries, a 100-mile century, a 60-mile metric century, all based out
of Solvang, with riding around the Santa Ynez Valley. Email them at email@example.com.
Barbara Adventure Company. They arrange bike trips that get
you close to nature and away from crowds. Guided mountain biking, road
cycling, kayaking, hiking trips, plus excursions to the Channel Islands
or wineries, for one or several days are possible. Phone 898-2222 or
email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Fitness Tours. In addition to road bike, mountain bike,
and electric-bike tours, they offer kayaking trips and surfing
lessons. Road and mountain bike escorted rides for all levels of ability.
Bike rental available with or without tours. Phone 628-2444 or email
them at mitch@SBFitTours.com.
Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours. 3630
Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez. Choose tours from half day to a full week
of cycling with support vehicle, Specialized road bikes, wine tasting,
gourmet dining and first-class accommodations. Bicycle rental. Different
weekend tours offered every week of the year. Longer tours include Carmel
to Santa Barbara, Morro Bay to Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara to Paso Robles,
and wine-dine bike tours. Email email@example.com or
SCOR is a nonprofit that started conducting bicycle rides
as a means of rehabilitation from heart attacks. They now manage the
two largest rides out of Solvang each year—the Solvang Century
(50 or 100 miles) in March and the Solvang Prelude (25 or 50 or 64 miles)
in November. Thousands of cyclists join in the rides with accompanying
festival, BBQ and raffles. Phone them at 562-690-9693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triathlon Camps. They offer several multi-day camps for
triathletes, either co-ed, or women-only. All camps are based out of
the Meadowlark Motel in Solvang. They involve bike rides of 30-80 miles
a day. Phone them at 303-669-6958 or email email@example.com.
Travel. This is a branch of Trek Bicycle company. They offer
many well-managed tours that include Santa Barbara county. They have
Solvang Bike Camps, San Francisco to
Santa Barbara tour, and Santa Barbara Wine & Beach tours. Phone them
at 866-464-8735, or email them here.
Country Tours. They offer tours all over California. They have
a 3-day weekend getaway out of Solvang. And a 6-day tour with lodging
in Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Maria and Avila Beach, daily rides 30-60
miles. Includes lodging, meals, van support. Phone them at 877-322-1667,
or email them here.
Tours. They offer tours for women all over the US, one of which
is a 6-day tour in Santa Barbara county. You'll spend 3 nights in Santa
Barbara, then 2 in Solvang. Includes lodging, most meals, experienced guides,
and van support from/to the Santa Barbara airport or Amtrak station. Phone
them at 800-247-1444, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.