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Road rides or maps of Santa BarbaraSao
Jul 31, 2003 9:38 AM
Greetings...I will be in Santa Barbara, CA this weekend and would like to know if any local cyclists have a good road route or two to share with me, or maybe a few good links to shops or maps in the area. A good 60-75 mile route with some climbs and rolling hills would be ideal. Thanks!
best ride in Santa Barbaramohair_chair
Jul 31, 2003 1:19 PM
The best road ride in Santa Barbara is to climb up Gibraltar Road, then down the ridge line (El Camino Cielo) down to Painted Cave, descend to San Marcos, and close the loop. It's only about 35 miles, but it will feel like 50-60. You'll get up to 4,000 feet (basically from sea level), so the views are absolutely outstanding, especially on a clear day. Most people will find Gibraltar a tough climb (13.5km @ 7.1%), but it's totally worth it. When you reach the top you know you've done something you'll remember for a while, unlike a simple ride on rollers. Painted Cave and San Marcos (Old San Marcos Road) are tricky twisting descents, but not difficult. You won't be alone out here--lots of other riders are doing the same thing. Highly, highly recommended.

Here's a good link:

Aug 5, 2003 9:29 PM
I rode a 30 mile city loop and a 50 mile loop that took me up to Mountain Drive, an interesting, twisty road that I believe ends at a hotel before descending. I, like a dummy, got going too late and it was very hot by the time I got up there. The hills will have to wait until next time unfortunately.

SB seems very kind to cyclists given the preponderance of bike lanes and asphalt bikeways.

Also, I found a Santa Barbara County map at a bike shop called Open Aire which helped get me through the city.

Thanks for the response - good links and pics of the roads.