Challenging Cycling Tour
This spectacular guided tour, dubbed ‘Alpe d’huez of the Pacific’ begins with a quick warmup in the Santa Barbara foothills, before we begin climbing up Mountain Drive to test our climbing legs. The ‘official’ Gibraltar Road Climb is just 6.1 miles with 2,593’ of climbing from the top of Mountain Drive to East Camino Cielo. The climb is a steady 6-8% grade until the Flores Flats where the road pitches sharply up to 12% for the last 2 miles. Option to extend to La Cumbre Peak and descend down Painted Cave Road or return down Gibraltar. The official total climb from the bottom of Mountain Drive to the top of La Cumbre Peak is 7.9 miles with 3,054’ of vertical.
Lunch at Playa del Azul following the ride. Price is $275/person
This intermediate tour begins with a circuitous ride along the Carpinteria Bluffs shortly before pedaling towards Casitas Pass, meandering past avocado and orange groves. This ride includes two short, but steep climbs up Casitas Pass, before descending into the beautiful Ojai Valley along the northern shore of Lake Casitas. Continue along rolling oak-laden grasslands into the town of Ojai along a dedicated Class 1 Bike Path. Tour includes lunch at a café in downtown Ojai. After lunch, a well-deserved descent to the Ventura Coastline awaits along Ojai Valley Bike Trail, connecting to the “Ralph Fertig Bike Path” along the Pacific Ocean towards Rincon Beach. Transfer available to/from area hotels.
$275/person including lunch.
This intermediate route begins with an easy warm-up ride into Los Olivos before the first short climb on Foxen Canyon Road. There are two climbs, the second is a long circuitous road through a canopy of oak trees with views of the San Rafael Mountains at the summit. The descent follows the Sisquoc River Valley passing rangeland, expansive vineyards and the picturesque San Ramon Chapel built in 1875. Farm-to-table vineyard lunch is at Zaca Mesa Winery, a secluded vineyard tucked away in the hillside and surrounded by walnut trees and grapevines. Lunch is followed by a tasting of Rhone varietal wines. After lunch, tackle two short but steep climbs before you pedal back into town and then over Ballard Canyon to our store in Solvang. Shuttle service available to transport purchased wine and/or tired riders for the return back.
$225/person including lunch.
The Jalama Beach Ride is one of the most challenging daily tours including roughly 5000 ft of climbing over 75 miles. This route travels out Santa Rosa Rd onto Hwy 1 and continues to Jalama Rd which is windy and includes 3 significant climbs before reaching the remote Jalama Beach County Park. The Jalacino Grade is the steepest pitch covering over a mile before the long descent into the Jalama Valley. SAG vehicle is available. Shuttle back from the beach for those who prefer not to bike back after a delicious and renowned Jalama burger and/or healthier options lovingly prepared by our chef.
$250/person, min of 2 riders
This h’ors cateorie climb is the most challenging ride in Santa Barbara’s wine country. Figueroa Mountain boasts 4350 ft of climbing with inclines as steep as 12-14%. The 10 miles of steep climbing include a mile and a half of dirt before reaching one of the highest paved summits in Santa Barbara County. Professional cyclists have been training in the Santa Barbara wine country since the 1970s. This ride is a great example of how our region compares to the steepest ascents in the Tour de France; making it an ideal place for the pros to train. The descent starts above tree line and follows a technical and narrow route into Los Olivos. Springtime on this particular road is a spectacle of orange poppies and purple lupine. Our signature lunch is served in a quaint park in Los Olivos complete with bocce ball court followed by a craft beer across the street at Figueroa Mountain Brewery. This ride is available as either a loop (10 mile climb with some descents) or ‘climb & down’ ride (9.5 mile climb / descent, steeper grades than loop climb). SAG Vehicle provided. Additional mileage available upon request.
$250/person, min of 2 riders