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After a 20-minute shuttle to Girsh Park you'll be treated to light, brunch-style snacks while you meet your fellow travelers for this Tour of California adventure. Your Trek Travel guides will spend some time familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle to ensure a comfortable fit before discussing the rules of bike safety and riding in Santa Barbara. Then it's time for a warm-up ride along the coast! Pedal through the cycling-crazed campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, which boasts more bikes than cars. Continue along oceanfront bike paths and through the exclusive Hope Ranch neighborhood before arriving in downtown Santa Barbara, where you’ll enjoy lunch with your companions before choosing to ride further to Skofield Park or checking into your hotel room. This evening, you’ll gather for drinks and a delicious dinner of fresh California cuisine.
Goleta to Santa Barbara
Approximately 18 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Goleta to Santa Barbara with Skofield Park Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Santa Barbara Inn
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
This morning, after a hearty breakfast, climb aboard your bike for a ride high above Santa Barbara on gorgeous East Mountain Drive. If you're feeling up to the challenge, climb to the top of today's stage finish: the legendary Gibraltar. This climb has been featured many times at the Tour of California, and ascending it yourself, you'll know why. From the top, enjoy an exclusive VIP viewing area at the finish and wait to cheer on your favorite riders as they tackle this world-class climb. Tonight, back in Santa Barbara, we'll hang out, chat and enjoy dinner with Trek-Segafredo riders, mechanics and support staff. Bucket lists were created for days like this.
East Mountain Drive and Gibraltar
Approximately 22 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
East Mountain Drive Shuttle
Approximately 11 miles with 400 feet of climbing
Meet and greet with the Trek-Segafredo team
Watch the Stage start in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Inn
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Today is all about the race experience. Pack your bags and hop in the Trek Travel van this morning for a shuttle up the beautiful California coast to the town of Monterey and the world-famous Laguna Seca Raceway. Here, from the hospitality area, you'll get a chance to walk right up to the stage finish as the riders sprint to the line just inches away. Help yourself to a full buffet of delicious food and beverages, relax in the lounge in front of one of a dozen screens broadcasting the day's race or meander the Laguna Seca venue. The icing on this cake is that you'll catch a glimpse of the inner workings of this global event: visit the broadcast compound with your guides, maybe rub elbows with some of your favorite cycling celebrities in the backstage area prior to that day's awards ceremony and grab a seat at the Stage press conference. Tonight, you'll head into magical Monterey and check into your hotel for the next three nights, right on the bay: the luxurious Monterey Plaza.
Monterey Plaza Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch
Ever wanted to ride the same stage course that the pros do? Well today's your day! You'll depart Monterey early this morning and with your Trek Travel comrades, head north to the heart of Silicon Valley and downtown San Jose. Grab your bike and head for the start gate where you'll get a chance to do something few have done - ride the course right before the pros. Test your meddle as you spin through downtown San Jose and see where you stack up later in the day to your favorite riders. This afternoon, opt for an additional spin or settle in to watch the race. Maybe hop in a VIP car and follow a pro out on course as they sprint against the clock. Tonight, you'll shuttle back to Monterey Bay and a chance to explore Cannery Row or one of the countless bayside cafes for dinner on your own.
Ride the pro's Time Trial course
Monterey Plaza Hotel
Views own the day today. Arise this morning to the sounds of the harbor and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Afterward, hop on your bike and head south along the coast. You'll bask on sweeping Pacific vistas along the legendary 17 Mile Drive in Carmel en route to the Bixby Creek Bridge. Distance options abound on today's out and back ride so choose to tackle as few or as many miles as you like. Take the afternoon to soak in the hot tub or schedule a massage. Tonight, toast a race trip for the ages together as you dine at a quintessential Monterey restaurant.
Monterey to Bixby Bridge
Approximately 61 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing
Monterey to Carmel River State Beach
Approximately 16 miles with 650 feet of climbing
Monterey Plaza Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Rise this morning for one last spin through the meandering roads of this northern Californian dreamland. Take a deep, Pacific Ocean breath in the view of the Lone Cypress before heading back to the Monterey Plaza for breakfast. Around 11:00 AM, pack your bags and climb into the Trek Travel van for a short drive north to San Jose and the San Jose International Airport. Wave goodbye to your fellow travelers and reflect on a week to remember.
Approximately 21 miles with 800 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara and 15 minutes from the Santa Barbara Inn.
Most major U.S.-based airlines serve this airport. From just outside baggage claim you can hail a cab for ground transportation, and a cab from the airport to downtown will cost approximately $40. Alternatively, you may fly into Los Angeles (LAX) and take one of the daily Amtrak trains or the Santa Barbara Airbus to Santa Barbara. Visit www.Amtrak.com or www.SBAirBus.com for more information.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn (901 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has arrived, the group will transfer approximately 20 minutes to Girsh Park in Goleta. Those who choose to fly into Santa Barbara this morning can take a taxi to Girsh Park, which is located approximately 4 miles from the airport. At the park you will enjoy a light brunch while your Trek Travel guides ensure a comfortable fit to your bicycle for the weekend. Afterwards you'll begin riding with a route heading down the coast. Please have your riding gear in a separate bag or readily accessible, to avoid having to unpack your luggage.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Santa Barbara Inn (800 231 0431), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the Santa Barbara Airport to the Santa Barbara Inn will cost about $40 and take about 10 minutes.View our pre hotel recommendations
You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. You'll shuttle approximately 1.5 hours to the San Jose International Airport, arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please do not schedule a flight before 2:30 PM to allow time for unforeseen delays.View our post hotel recommendations
You can expect to experience a wide range of temperatures and conditions on your Amgen Tour of California trip. The first two days will be spent in Santa Barbara, which enjoys average temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees in May. However, when you ride further north on Days 3, 4 and 5 of your trip, expect cooler temperatures and a higher possibility of rain. In other words, be prepared for anything, including rain! We recommend packing layers and also checking the forecast the week before your trip in order to pack appropriately. Packing List
Santa Barbara is a lively cosmopolitan city with plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and outdoor recreation. You can also explore some of southern California's other coastal cities, including Ventura, Oxnard, or the big one, Los Angeles, which is located approximately 90 minutes south of Santa Barbara. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
Monterey is a magical city on California’s rugged central coast. Its Cannery Row, one-time center of the sardine-packing industry, was immortalized by novelist John Steinbeck. Today, it's a popular strip of gift shops, seafood restaurants and bars in converted factories. Also famous is Monterey Bay Aquarium, with thousands of marine animals and plants on display in underwater and interactive exhibits. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:
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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.