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Hidden Gem: Refugio Rd Hill Climb

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Quiet roads, chirping birds and spectacular views. Steep slopes, tight hairpins and burning thighs. If you like riding uphill, the Refugio Road ascent is arguably one of Santa Barbara’s best kept secrets. Gibraltar and Painted Cave are fantastic but the steep and scenic ride up Refugio is one to remember.

The Tooth of the Matter

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

While at university in the nineties, I used my bike to get pretty-much everywhere. It was a prehistoric version of today’s mountain bike and must have weighed 40 lbs, but I loved it anyway. I vividly remember one spring day a few of us hopped on our bikes and headed off campus for a trip to Benny’s >> Read More

How many gran fondos do people do?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? There are so many gran fondo events out there now that you could probably ride two each weekend plus an extra one on stat holidays. So, what is the right number and is there such a thing as too many? Runners know that >> Read More

Top ten tips for a successful gran fondo weekend

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Whether you’re preparing for your first ever gran fondo or you’re a seasoned veteran, these ten tips will help you make the most of the ride.   1. Look after logistics early Remove as much of the last-minute stress as possible by organising your travel and accommodation well in advance. Accommodation close to the start and >> Read More