United States

Raid San Francisco to Santa Barbara

1st - 6th 4월 2017

  • Start Location SAN FRANSCICO
  • End Location SANTA BARBARA
  • Av. Daily Distance 182 KM
  • Av. Daily Elevation 3,250 M
  • Days 7
  • Difficulty
Reconnect with your love for the bike and exploration

Pacific views, quiet roads and some the finest coastal climbing in the United States – the Raid San Francisco to Santa Barbara gives riders the quintessential Californian experience. Starting at the Rapha Cycle Club in the lee of the Golden Gate Bridge, the ride follows the iconic Route One for much of the way, through Big Sur and into the little-known Santa Ynez valley. Riders will dine on the finest cuisine and wines of the Central Coast.

Single occupancy — ₩ 3,070,000 per person
Double occupancy — ₩ 2,590,000 per person

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Who is it for?

Reconnect with your love for the bike and exploration. Raids are designed for independent riders with a thirst for going off the beaten track, and exploring lesser-known but nonetheless spectacular destinations and roads. You’ll still have access to a Rapha guide, full mechanical and logistical support, but the emphasis is on self-sufficiency, creating an adventure through wild and unspoilt landscapes. Each night we’ll greet you with hearty food and charming, rustic accommodation, to prepare you for another day’s exploring. It is cycling taken back to the essentials: a bike, a fantastic route to ride, and the self-imposed challenges that brings.

How Hard is it?

Because of the emphasis on challenging terrain and self-sufficiency, Raids suit the more confident, athletic rider, or groups of friends who may already have done a multi-day trip and want to challenge themselves further.

All Raids include

  • Some meals included
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

All trips include

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

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day
Day 1 San Francisco — Monterey 212 km 3,050 m
Day 2 Monterey — Cambria 186 km 3,950 m
Day 3 Cambria — Solvang-Los Olivos 204 km 2,650 m
Day 4 Solvang-Los Olivos — Santa Barbara 127 km 2,840 m
Departure day

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Arrival Day

Fly into San Francisco airport and meet the group at the hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel Del Sol

Day 1

San Francisco — 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. Starting in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge and cycling along the famous, scenic Highway One through Half Moon Bay, we will toss in a few secret side roads that will surely inspire your riding, before arriving at Monterey.

Distance

212 km

Climbing

3,050 m

Accommodation

Best Western Plus Victorian Inn

Day 2

Monterey — 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 km

Climbing

3,950 m

Accommodation

Cambria Pines Lodge

Major Climbs

Morro Rock

Day 3

Cambria — Solvang-Los Olivos

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 and an overnight rest in the heart of the wine country.

Distance

204 km

Climbing

2,650 m

Accommodation

The Landsby

Major Climbs

Santa Rosa Creek Road, Prefumo Canyon Road

Day 4

Solvang-Los Olivos — Santa Barbara

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. 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.

Distance

127 km

Climbing

2,840 m

Accommodation

Montecito Inn

Departure day

Transfer to Santa Barbara Airport

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Customer Testimonials

Hotels were all fantastic, great variety of places, all of which were comfortable.

— Raid Utah, 2016

FAQ

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

Can I make a group booking?

Yes – family members, colleagues or friends usually find that embarking on a group adventure makes it even more fun and rewarding. However, trip places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Raids provide a true opportunity to ride together and build a camaraderie richly rewarded.

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