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California: Think you know Solvang? Try training camp on two wheels

September 24, 2013|By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • The Solvang Ride Camp is designed for serious cyclists who are preparing for longer rides or races.
The Solvang Ride Camp is designed for serious cyclists who are preparing… ( )

Forget about Solvang's Danish froufrous and become immersed in its backcountry on a "ride camp" in California's vineyard-studded Santa Ynez Valley. The idea is to provide a training camp for serious cyclists to gear up for a race or a big bicycling season -- with some beautiful scenery too.

The tour from Trek Travel of Madison, Wis., provides an itinerary with a mix of guided and self-guided rides Participants stay in Solvang during a seven-day trip that features an average 40-mile ride with 2,500 elevation gain each day. Day 1, head out to Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon where time trials for the Amgen Tour of California have been held in the past.

Day 2, explore Zaca Station and Alisos Canyon, passing vineyards and ranches along the way. Other days feature a ride to Jalama Beach, and a tough 10-mile climb up Mt. Figueroa.

When: The tours depart Nov. 4 and 11, with additional dates in 2014.

Price: $1,299 per person, based on double occupancy; solo travelers add $350. It includes bicycle use (Trek Domanes with Shimano shifts), nightly accommodations, most meals, daily rides with map and a support vehicle for featured rides. Transportation to and from Solvang is extra.

Contact: Trek Travel, (866) 464-8735
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