Santa Barbara Cycling Routes


Santa Barbara provides visiting cyclists with cycling routes for all occasion. Here are two classic rides that we recommend. There are countless options of bike routes, these two are ones that you can't miss. Livelo can provide you with the bike rental and associated services to enjoy all that this city has to offer. Each route links to a Strava route with GPX file options for you to download to your Garmin or Wahoo GPS.

Gibraltar Hill Climb (56.1 km/34.9 mi) 5 Hour Route

This guided ride starts with a short jaunt to the historical Santa Barbara Mission and then continues to the legendary Gibraltar Hill Climb. The Gibraltar Hill Climb has been featured in the most exciting stages of the Amgen Tour of California and has been ridden by some of the world's most famous cyclists from the likes of Peter Sagan to Phil Gaimon. It has even been featured on Phil Gaimon's YouTube series "Worst Retirement Ever". With our guided tour you get to experience even more than the pro tour riders and go all the way to top of the mountain where you will be in awe of the stunning views of Channel Island's national park and the Santa Ynez Valley. Once at the top, you ride across the ridge and finish your ride down some of the most exciting mountain road descents you will find anywhere in the world.

Fair warning, this ride is for intermediate to advanced riders but if you are feeling ambitious our guides will make sure you accomplish your ride and have one of the most amazing memories of your life to take home!

See the route here

Avocado Coast Ride ( 56.1 km / 34.9 mi ) 3 Hour Route

Fun mainly flat ride starting on the famous East Beach of Santa Barbara then carrying on through Montecito's Butterfly Beach where sites such as the Biltmore Resort and the exclusive Coral Casino can be seen. After your jaunt through Montecito has been completed you then carry on through the quaint towns of Summerland and Carpinteria. Once in Carpinteria we hit the country roads which wind through miles of orchid farms and avocado orchards. We finish off with fun little climb, fast ocean side descent and a slow cruise back up the coast. This ride is fun for all levels of riders beginning to pro and offers plenty of places to stop for coffee or a snack.

Our guides look forward to showing you our coast and making sure to give you something to brag about back home!

See the route here