Solvang Spring Tour

March 20 - March 25 2023
Solvang, California, USA
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Distances: 40-60, 60-100 miles per day

Welcome to the ultimate week-long cycling celebration! At the Solvang Spring Tour you’ll experience the best routes in Southern California’s most popular cycling region. This is where the pros train! California cycling just doesn’t get any better than this! We’ve created routes that will be new adventures for even the most seasoned Santa Ynez Valley cycling veterans, visiting hidden spots in all kinds of neat locations. Riders can choose between one or two routes most days – long (60-100 miles) or medium (40-60). All totally fun and non-competitive! We definitely take our time and smell the… poppies!

Routes are challenging, but (other than Figueroa Mountain) not overly difficult. On average, the long routes have between 3,000 and 5,000 feet of vertical gain, and the medium routes between 1,500 and 3,500. Most of the climbing is gradual and not too steep. Many riders will find that a low gear of 39 x 25 is sufficient on most routes; but a 39 x 27 or 29, or better yet, a triple crank, will be much appreciated on a few of the climbs for the long rides. Please note: What you’d use for a single day event is probably not enough for a week long tour. You will fatigue from the accumulated miles. Also, please bring a good, sturdy set of wheels, as some of the roads are less than perfect (translation: occasionally very rough and bumpy), and we do cross many cattle guards during the week. Light-weight, fancy wheels are really not appropriate for this type of Tour.

Alisos and Cat Canyons
154 to 101 to Alisos Canyon to Cat Canyon to Los Alamos, then back on 101 and 154 to Los Olivos.
63.5 miles, total elevation gain = 2,830’ (shorter option available)

Figueroa Mountain 
Figueroa Mountain via Happy Canyon and back via Los Olivos. This is a super tough ride with prolonged, steep climbs. Be prepared to ride on some unpaved roads which are hard-packed gravel.
50 miles, total elevation gain = 4,900’

246 to Purisima Mission to Vandenburg Village to San Antonio Rd to Casmalia to 135 to Los Alamos, then back over Drum Canyon.
78.4 miles, total elevation gain = 4,100′ (shorter option available)

Jalama Beach
Santa Rosa Rd to 1 to Jalama Beach to 1 to 101 and past Nojoqui Falls Park. GREAT hamburgers at the beach! This is a super tough ride, especially when you factor in the wind.
78.6 miles, total elevation gain = 5,330′ (shorter option available)

Santa Rosa Road and Harris Grade 
246 to Santa Rosa Road through Lompoc and Highway 1 up the Harris Grade. Drop down to 135 and back via Los Alamos and Drum Canyon.
64 miles, total elevation gain = 4,000′

Tepusquet Century
246 to Drum Canyon to Los Alamos to Cat Canyon to Sisquoc to Santa Maria to 166 to Tepusquet to Foxen Canyon to Los Olivos.
111 miles, total elevation gain = 5,400’ (shorter option available)

Cruise around the Valley 
A great tour of Solvang, Ballard, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Foxen Canyon.
39 miles, total elevation gain = about 2,000’

Start Located At: Solvang, California
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