Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Bike Tour – Overview

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A Classic California Bike Tour in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Why Solvang? Why Santa Barbara County?

Why pick the sleepy Central California town of Solvang in Santa Barbara County for a bike trip? Simply, because it's a great place to cycle! Nestled in the peaceful Santa Ynez Valley, an abundant variety of quiet country roads make possible all different sorts of enjoyable biking rides. Long stretches of asphalt extend through coastal farming valleys. Winding back roads roll past the Santa Ynez Valley wineries. Rolling black ribbons ramble through cattle grazing land to the rugged Pacific Coast. Twisted roads climb steeply into the nearby mountains to challenge even the strongest professional rider. Solvang cycling is as diverse as the bicycling population.

Excellent Climate

If California has great cycling weather, Solvang's weather in Winter, Spring and Fall is nearly perfect: not too hot, not too cold, not too wet. There are an average of 340 days of sunshine per year. In fact, Solvang in Danish means "sunny fields".

Solvang Weather
Month Av.
High
Av.
Low
Sunny
Days
Mar
68 F
46 F
24
Apr
69
49
27
Oct
75
53
29
Nov
70
45
26

 

The Choice of Professionals

With the great combination of terrain and weather, it's no wonder that Solvang is a favorite training ground for several professional cycling teams. The pros typically hold their first training camp of the year here, in January. It's not unusual to see a famous pro rider on the road or relaxing in a local coffee house. The Amgen Tour of California professional race holds a time trial in Solvang just about every year.

Solvang: The Heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country

Finally, Solvang is a great town to visit. It was founded by Danish people from the Midwest who yearned to create a little Denmark in California. What evolved is a picturesque community with Danish-style architecture, including windmills. Many Danish foods, bakery products and crafts are seen in town today. More recently, an ever growing number of wine tasting rooms have been opening, a testament to the excellent wines produced in Santa Barbara County. Dining in Solvang is a real treat—food lovers really appreciate Solvang and the nearby towns of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, and there's nothing quite like enjoying a great meal after a long day in the saddle.

All these ingredients combine to make an ideal spot for a cycling trip. In Winter, it's a welcome getaway from the chill and an opportunity to get in some pleasurable early season training. Any time of year, it's a relaxing weekend getaway and a chance to enjoy the scenery, wineries, and dining opportunites.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Review 

Happy Cycling

Had a great time cycling on the Desert Escape Tour. Undiscovered Country Bike Tours really know what's needed to provide exceptional service on a fully supported bike adventure. From start to finish everything was taken care of - from great bikes that were accurately sized, to goodie bags, maps, repair kits, drinks and snacks - they had thought of everything. That combined with a great group of people of all ages and abilities made for a very enjoyable experience. The cycling was challenging but lots of fun - everyone could go at their own pace. Scott and Rick, our guides, were very friendly, fun to hang out with and they went out of their way to make sure everyone was looked after. The accommodations were very comfortable and there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the facilities at the resorts. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend - I'm sure I'll be back for another adventure.

TripAdvisor January 2013

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Details

Days 3
Nights 2
Starting
Location
Solvang
Nearest
Airports
Santa Barbara
Activity
Levels
3-5  
Price Per
person
from $894
Single
Supplement
from $186
No scheduled dates, private tours only.

Private Guided Tours

for 4 or more cyclists