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 

San Francisco to Santa Barbara Bike Tour

Our group of 6, 3 couples enjoyed a private UDC tour. On our last evening over dinner we reflected on our 9 days riding and all agreed it was an outstanding experience; the weather was spot on, tour was well organized with great support from Daryl and Laura, people we met were friendly, hire bikes performed well, the coast was spectacular and we all enjoyed the great riding.

TripAdvisor May 2014

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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

Self-Guided Tours

for confident cyclists - no guides or group meals