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Event Name Santa Ynez Valley Base Camp Bicycle Tour
Event Date/Time 6/22/2013 9:00 AM to 6/23/2013 4:00 PM
Location in Los Angeles, CA
Event Type Social Gatherings, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Camping
Event Description

One of the best and most famous centuries (100 mile bike rides) takes place in beautiful wine drenched Santa Ynez Valley (see the movie "Sideways" for pre-ride eye candy). We will be staying at Buellton’s Flying Flags RV Park and Campground where a nice tent campground well away from the RVs awaits us. For those so inclined, the campground also has a pool and Jacuzzi. If you want one of the larger tent sites (I have reserved a "Basic +" tent site), you must make your own reservation at the Flying Flags RV Park and Campground: 877-783-5247. Make your reservations by phone -- the online system does not work properly. If you don't want to make reservations, there are plenty of tent sites available that do not requre reservations. The park only allows one tent per site. In any case, it is best to call the park for up to date information. Tent site locations are first come, first served. Buellton is a few miles north of Solvang and about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on 101. I will reserve a campsite at the Flying Flags for Saturday night. Participants may also opt for staying in a motel. On Saturday and Sunday nights we have our own ODC party after enjoying our own barbeque or a dinner at one of the local restaurants. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings we do wine tasting rides. We will try to have a sag car (if someone volunteers) to pick up wine purchases. If anyone just wants to drive the sag and not ride, they are welcome to come. I also suggest everyone bring some sort shade device like a shade tent, umbrella, or lean-to.

 

We begin by meeting at 9:00 Saturday morning in front of the "Albersons" supermarket located in a large shopping center in Buellton. The shopping center is a few blocks south of the Hwy 101 on Hwy 246. The address is 234 E Highways 246. Please arrive early so we can leave as close to 9:00 as possible. If you are worried about parking in the shopping center, you can find parking nearby or in a residential neighborhood across Hwy 246. After the day’s ride, we can check into Flying Flags Campground or our motel.

ROUTE: We have an abundance of very good choices. The group will be able to pick from a list of moderate and advanced routes. We can even break into a moderate group and an advanced group. 

DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as beginning/intermediate/advanced – it all depends on the route you choose. Regardless of the route, it is best to have a multi-gear bicycle in good repair. If you consider yourself a beginner who is up for a challenge and in good shape you are welcome to come. You should know that I use the word “beginner” with qualifications. I do not mean a beginning bicycle rider, I mean a beginning long distance bicycle tourist: i.e., you can already ride 30+ miles at 12-14 mph. You also know how to fix a flat.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? A multi-gear bike in good repair with low gears. If your bike has a triple crank set, a compact crank set, or very large cogs, it probably has low gears. If you have a mountain bike with knobby off-road tires, I suggest you install narrow road tires – you will find your ride much less difficult. If you have a bike purchased in a department store (rather than a bike shop) you may have a very heavy bike, with poor bearings and unreliable hardware. If this is the case, I advise against using that bike. If all you have is a department store bike, but you are nevertheless a strong rider and still want to go, I can probably loan you an appropriate bicycle. You should also have spare tube, etc., If you need to borrow a bicycle you can email me or call me at 310-266-8592.

WHY: The ride, the camping, the shared beverages, and the jokes. And… I hope to introduce more people to the joys of bicycle touring and camping.

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