Here are some routes I've traced out with the veloroutes thingy. The max percent gradient is too high on most, because it's hard to trace the switchbacks accurately. Ditto for mileage, which is a tad under because of twisties in the road. Ok, I admit, I wanted to see what some of my favorite rides looked like. Darnit, I really want one of those garmin doohickies now.
Goob Loop: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=487
This is like the default ride. Everyone does it, because it doesn't have many stop lights, and it leads to other rides. As hard as you wanna go. Good people watching on weekends. Did I mention everyone does this thing?
Another add-on to the Gooby loop. Adds climby climbs. The view from Mountain Drive is awesome. Road traces along the mountains overlooking the city. This mappy is the harder direction. Uppy downy, lots of hilly. From Mission it is less steep, more rolly.
Casitas Lake: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=486
This is also often done as a loop through Ventura and back up the 101 to Carp. It's less climbing, but I have no love for the 101 on a bikey, so I more often do the out and back thing.
Camino Cielo, "Pass to Pass": http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=492
Climbers' party. Approx. 5000 total elevation, 4000 max. Epic views. No water or services on route. Bring the climby gears, some gnarly steep bits. Best in spring and summer.
Here's the map for the Solvang ride the Mothballs Bellas did. Two hard climbs at the end. For a nice rolly-rolly ride, try Ballard, then out and back on Foxen.
One thing missing is to ride north to Goleta by way of the University. Veloroutes doesn't show bike paths. Oopsy. But paper maps are available at any bikey shop. Good if you want a flat ride, loop is about 2 hours from downtown.
Last edited on Wed Feb 21st, 2007 06:04 pm by jeninsb
I grew up in SB but currently live in San Diego. I come up there often and would love to ride with you sometime as it is hard to find others who climb. I've done a loop that included Gibralter, similar to your pass to pass ride. Do you still live in SB? If so, it would be great to ride next time I am up.
Yes, I still live in St Babs. You can PM me if you like, next time you're heading up. There's another Bella living here too, Marian. I'm usually up for playing bikes, unless there's good surf.
Take care and happy riding,