Santa Ynez Valley: Summer Cycling Tour

By Feifei Sun / July 2, 2014

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort / Patty Wilding Photography

With scenic country roads set against a backdrop of rolling hills and mountains, it’s beautifully obvious why the Santa Ynez Valley has long been a revered cycling destination and training ground for top competitive cyclists. But this summer, even beginners will have a chance to traverse the picturesque terrain through a new guided-cycling package offered by Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, a 10,000-acre property hidden in the heart of California’s central coast, about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara. All six trails travel through Solvang, a quaint town filled with Danish architecture, crafts and culture, but from then on, it is rider’s choice. Novice riders can enjoy a leisurely ride past green wine valleys on Foxen Canyon Road (Alisal can incorporate a vineyard tasting for an additional fee), while expert riders can choose the ambitious Highway One Loop, packed with strenuous climbs.

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Feifei Sun is a freelance writer based in Atlanta. She began her career at Vanity Fair and later worked as an editor at TIME, where she wrote about fashion and politics and helped edit the magazine's special issues, including the TIME 100 and Person of the Year. Her writing has also appeared in Real Simple, Marie Claire and the Huffington Post.
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