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Looking for Calif. Central Coast Ride Suggestions(11 posts)

Looking for Calif. Central Coast Ride SuggestionsGeoCyclist
Jun 18, 2003 4:54 PM
I'll be in Lompoc, California the 1st to 11th July. My wife and I will be travelling with our Tandem bike and are interested in any good rides around the central coast area (pref. Santa Ynez area. Last summer we rode Lompoc - Buelton (246) and back to Lompoc via Santa Rosa Rd. We also did the Windmill Classic ride, and we're wondering if anyone has a good route out of Santa Ynez that hooks up with the roads in the mountains (through the wine country) same roads as part of the Windmill ride? We are looking for rides of about 30 to 50 miles in length. Any suggestions on routes, or bike shops that would have good route maps, would be much appreciated!!!

Ride On!
i live on central coastbm
Jun 18, 2003 5:07 PM
i live on the central coast and have more to say than i can list here. . . what kinda of riding do you want? flat, hilly, seaside?

i also know of most of bike shops in my area. I'll see if i can find an internet list with all their details.
i live on central coastGeoCyclist
Jun 18, 2003 5:35 PM
Thanks for the reply. We are looking for rides that are within an hour drive from Lompoc; as we don't want to be driving long distances to go riding. Last summer we rode around the Lompoc area, Hwy 1, 246, out toward Santa Maria, Buelton, and Santa Ynez. We have to ride a lot of hills where we live in Japan (5 to 20% grades), so hilly is not a problem; however, flat is always fun! We rode the Windmill Classic century out of Los Alamos last summer and truly enjoyed the ride (especially the first part in the wine country). There was a photo in Bicycling mag of a cyclist in See Canyon (Near SLO ?); do you have any idea what the riding is like around there? We have to limit our riding to the morning (total time; travel - cycle - shower); as we have a lot of afternoon events planned and know what the wind is like in the afternoon. Any info you have would be much appreciated!!!

If you like hills...Lon Norder
Jun 19, 2003 9:41 AM
Refugio Road from Solvang (or is it Santa Ynez?) out to Refugio State Beach and back is a good ride. If you're into long distance riding you can make a loop out of it from Lompoc. R. Reagan's ranch is at the pass. (You can give a one-fingered salute to the security camara for savings and loan deregulation.)

You might also check out the road to Zaca Lake and Mt. Figeroa.
sorry late reply . .bm
Jun 19, 2003 10:17 AM
ok, i collected some of the web links i found for my area . . . by the way, yes i live in SLO.

some ride descriptions and maps:

Foothill Cyclery (my favorite)
796 Foothill Blvd
(805) 541-4101

Art's SLO Cyclery (OK, pricey $)
2140 Santa Barbara St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-543-4416 Fax: 805-543-2242

CambriaBike (ok, pricey $)

some of my rides:
oh, by the way . . . yes, we've had two articles on SLO cycling . . . turri road and sea canyon mtn. . .

the turri loop is straight up highway 1, left on south bay (about 35 mins), left on turri (5 mins), back on osos (25 mins), left on foothill . . . there are other variations . . . you could take southbay all the way across to osos . . . or you could do it backwards . . . or just straight up los osos into mont. de oro . . .

sea canyon is off los osos . . . take foothill to osos, left on osos, spin about 1 mile, left on sea canyon? (i forgot if that's the street) . . . straight up over the canyon into avila beach

another way to get to avila beach . . . take foothill to los osos, right on south higuera, follow all roads south but don't get on the freeway . . . you can get there via street, bike trails, or avila golf course

and the 'airport' loop . . . take foothill down to osos, make left on osos, left on south higeura, take NEXT right (forgot st.) . . . left to go back on broad or make right and continue on to briddle through ranch road. . . . take left back on orcut then johnson . . . or right down to atascadero . . .

off broad st. you can go south at many ways . . . take right at price canyon and drop off in pismo . . . or, straight out broad up 227 (ouch!) and descend into arroyo grande (nice!)

going north there are scenic detours and then there are painfull ones . . . look for Old Creek road past cayucus for ~5 miles of climbing - then you can continue until hwy 46 which will drop you off in cambria . . . OR, just entering morro bay, you can check out the golf course on the left . . . Or you can head straight up hwy 1 for the cambria, san simeon campgrounds, lighthouse . . .

i know that wasn't very clear . . . but you'll see that when you get here, you can go almost anywhere . . . i suggest you find a club ride, ask bike shop, or wheelsuck whoever you see on the road . . . contact the CalPoly wheelmen . . . VeloSLO (don't have contact info) . . . (SLO triathlon team)
Thanks for the Info!GeoCyclist
Jun 19, 2003 4:03 PM
I appreciate the ride and bike shop info.

Ride on!
Lompoc to Jalama Beach and back...Lon Norder
Jun 18, 2003 5:26 PM
is a very nice ride with little trafic once you leave Hwy 1. Take Hwy 1 south to Jalama Rd (4 miles or so), then 14 miles out to the beach. Great views up and down the coast. There's a snack bar and store there too.

Other than that there's great riding in just about any direction. Get a map (winery map?) and explore.
Are there any group rides?GeoCyclist
Jun 18, 2003 5:44 PM
Thanks for the Info. Do you know of any group rides taking place between the 1st and 11th July?

No major rides...Lon Norder
Jun 19, 2003 9:29 AM
I don't see anything on the ride calender like the Solvang Century, Windmill Century, or People Powered Ride...
re: Looking for Calif. Central Coast Ride SuggestionsGregJ
Jun 18, 2003 6:14 PM
Here is the outline for a great loop out of Los Olivos. I will give you the main roads but you will need a county map to figure out the details. From Los Olivos get on Foxen Canyon and take that to Alisos. Take that road over to Los Alamos and find your way to Drum Canyon. There is a really nice park at the base of the climb there that has some huge old oaks. Climb Drum Canyon and then go over the top to 246 and take that back toward Solvang where you will catch Ballard Canyon in Buellton or Atterdag to Chalk Hill to Ballard in Solvang and take that back to Los Olivos. There is a great sandwich shop in Los Olivos called Panino's? to have lunch.
Sounds like the ride!GeoCyclist
Jun 18, 2003 10:29 PM
Thanks, this sounds like the area we rode through during last year's Windmill Classic. I remember Foxen Canyon Road, and I believe we also rode on Drum Canyon road. I'll pick up a map when we arrive and check out your suggested loop.

Appreciate the ride info!