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United States

BESPOKE - LOS GATOS TO SANTA BARBARA

30th April - 6th May 2017

Rapha Travel will create and deliver a custom one-off cycling exploration from Los Gatos to Santa Barbara, featuring the rugged and stunning Big Sur Coastline.

Rapha Travel will create and deliver a custom one-off cycling exploration from Los Gatos to Santa Barbara, featuring the rugged and stunning Big Sur Coastline. Our route south has us visiting the quaint towns of Los Gatos, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang and ending in Santa Barbara. We will spend two nights in the wine region of Santa Ynez, made famous by the film Sideways. This experience combines incredible scenery, sweeping roads and the wonderful small villages. Paired with winery visits this trip will be delivered with traditional Rapha Signature Support, incredible food, service, drink and accommodation.

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This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

Bespoke

Let Rapha create a unique itinerary for you and your family and friends, or your colleagues and clients. Sharing experiences brings us together. It deepens friendships, builds trust and strengthens partnerships. A week on the bike with those close to you can be a valuable and unforgettable experience. We have a deep knowledge of the best roads, the finest restaurants and the most luxurious hotels the world over, and we have harnessed this to create the ride of a lifetime for a range of private clients. No trip is too big or small.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

Options for your Bespoke can include

  • Airport transfers
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Laundry
  • Daily massage

Double occupancy as standard

To Book

We will work closely with you to build the trip with the support and personnel you want and to the level of difficulty that suits you. Hit the Tour de France’s biggest climbs, spin along the beach or ask us to take you to the secret roads we explore in our downtime, where normal trips can’t go. Whenever we take you, you can expect faultless delivery, from accommodation and logistics to on-bike support. For more information about any aspect of the Bespoke service, please email travel@rapha.cc

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Arrival to Los Gatos 52.5 KM 1122 M
Day 1 Los Gatos to Monterey 123 KM 1179 M
Day 2 Monterey to Cambria 186.5 KM 2714 M
Day 3 Cambria to Pismo Beach 110.3 KM 1565 M
Day 4 Pismo Beach to Solvang 116.1 KM 1216 M
Day 5 Solvang 80.3 KM 1505 M
Departure Day Solvang to Santa Barbara 51.8 KM 1030 M

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Arrival Day

Arrival to Los Gatos

A morning arrival is suggested on this bespoke for a self transfer either from San Jose Airport or San Francisco to Los Gatos. Quick spin in hte afternoon.

Distance

52.5 KM

Climbing

1122 M

Accommodation

Best Western The Inn of Los Gatos

Day 1

Los Gatos to Monterey

Today we begin our route south, and if we're lucky we will have a tailwind which will blow us all the way into Monterey. We will toss in a few secret side roads that will surely inspire your riding, before arriving at Monterey.

Distance

123 KM

Climbing

1179 M

Accommodation

Victoira Inn

Day 2

Monterey to Cambria

Today we plunge south, into the Santa Lucia Mountains and along the remarkable Big Sur coast. No turns, no intersections, no stop lights for 100 miles! Let this stretch of road inspire you. We never tire of cycling with the sea on our right for the whole day, and we are sure you won’t either.“Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked at from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look

Distance

186.5 KM

Climbing

2714 M

Accommodation

Cambria pine Lodge

Day 3

Cambria to Pismo Beach

On day three we head away from the ocean for some stunning scenic inland riding. We climb demanding creek and canyon roads, hit a bit of dirt and pass the famous Morro Rock – but there’s also lush strawberry fields, a fine coffee stop.

Distance

110.3 KM

Climbing

1565 M

Accommodation

Sea Venture Beach Hotel

Day 4

Pismo Beach to Solvang

We star the day with a short transfer to Orcutt for a coffee stop before headind south in direction of Solvange for an overnight rest in the heart of the wine country.

Distance

116.1 KM

Climbing

1216 M

Accommodation

Hotel Corque

Day 5

Solvang

Many pro teams come to Solvang to train each spring, and the narrow, almost-Alpine Figueroa Mountain Road, which rises more than 3,000 feet, is a big draw.

Distance

80.3 KM

Climbing

1505 M

Accommodation

Hotel Corque

Departure Day

Solvang to Santa Barbara

Today’s golden hills and 19th-century stagecoach roads present countless photo opportunities, and the view of Santa Barbara and the ocean from East Camino Cielo is a fine reward for all your sweat and hard work at the end of an amazing trip. After lunch transfer to Los Angeles hotel or airport for a late afternoon flight.

Distance

51.8 KM

Climbing

1030 M

Request a call back

This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

Customer Testimonials

I enjoyed the scenery and the challenge of the ride.

— Bespoke Trip - California 2015

The combination of the trip design (routes, hotels, dinners, etc), the service and the Rapha touch (gear, bikes, branding, etc) all made this trip so special.

— Rapha Bespoke 2015

FAQ

Can I make any trip private?

All the trips advertised on our website are open to the general public, though we encourage friends, family members and clubmates to come in groups – it makes the experience even more fun and rewarding. If you want a private trip on your own dates, we will arrange one for you through our Bespoke service. This can be on an existing itinerary or to a route that you – or we – create. We usually need seven customers on bespoke trips.

I want to organise a custom trip. Is this possible?

Absolutely. We have created dream trips for families, groups of friends, honeymooners, business associates and corporate clients. Everything is possible, but every bespoke trip is unique, so it’s best we talk you through it from the earliest stage.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

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Telephone: 877.907.2742

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Asia Pacific

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