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The Santa Barbara 100 takes place in one of the most beautiful and challenging locations in the United States.

The Santa Barbara 100 takes place in one of the most beautiful and challenging cycling locations in the United States. We offer four distinct courses to suit every cyclist’s ability – each course offering a world class Santa Barbara cycling experience. All courses start at Leadbetter beach and follow the beautiful Santa Barbara beachfront before tuning inland to experience all Santa Barbara has to offer. Cyclists will wind through some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country; experience the rolling foothills lined with citrus and avocado orchards of the front range; and climb some of the most famous mountains in the country, all while experiencing one of the most beautiful views in southern California.

Each course offers a distinct cycling experience. Riders of the 100 mile course will experience all Santa Barbara has to offer and be challenged by 9000 feet of climbing, including the “Gibraltar Challenge” a 7 mile time trial up Gibraltar road, before descending back toward the ocean for a beach-front finish. Our 100 kilometer course offers the same experience as the 100 mile without the high country climbs. The 34 mile course offers the novice cyclist an amazing introduction to the Santa Barbara experience.

New for 2016, is our 100k+ Gibraltar course which was designed for all the riders who want to climb Gibraltar without riding 100 miles.

No matter which course you choose, you will understand why many of the nations top pro cyclists make Santa Barbara their winter training playground.


100 mile description and elevation profile

The 100 mile course is one of the most challenging and beautiful 100 miles of riding you may ever do.

Starting along the idyllic palm lined beaches of the Santa Barbara water front, you’ll ride through some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country before turning inland to experience the back roads and rolling foothills by citrus and avocado orchards and some of the most challenging climbs in southern California, including the famous “Gibraltar Challenge”, a 7 mile time trial up Gibraltar Road with 3000ft of altitude gain and a mountain top finish.

Once you’ve conquered Gibraltar, the course takes you along the high ridge above the Santa Barbara coast, with expansive views of the coastline, the interior mountain range and the Channel Islands.  The course tops out at La Cumbre Peak (elevation 4000ft) then continues along East Camino Cielo before an exhilarating descent down Painted Cave and Old San Marcos roads where you’ll transition to the flat lands of Goleta.  The course then finishes with a gorgeous tour of exclusive Hope Ranch, then back to the finish line at Leadbetter Beach. There are 7 aid stations on the 100 mile route.  With over 9,000 feet of total altitude gain and technical descents, this course is not for the beginner cyclist.

Course Map

 


100 km + Gibraltar description and elevation profile (New Course!)

Many riders have asked for a course that includes the famous Gibraltar time trial but is less than 100 miles, so we’ve created the all new 100k + Gibraltar course just for you!

Starting along the idyllic palm lined beaches of the Santa Barbara water front, you’ll ride through some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country before turning inland to experience the back roads and rolling foothills lined with citrus and avocado orchards. Near mile 25, you’ll begin the famous “Gibraltar Challenge”, a 7-mile time trial up Gibraltar Road with 3,000ft of altitude gain and a mountain top finish. Once you’ve conquered Gibraltar, the course continues on to top out at La Cumbre Peak (elevation 4,000ft) then continues along East Camino Cielo before an exhilarating descent down Painted Cave and Old San Marcos roads.  The course finishes with a gorgeous tour of exclusive Hope Ranch, then back to the finish line at Leadbetter Beach. There are 4 aid stations on the 100k + Gibraltar route.  With over 7,000 feet of total altitude gain and technical descents, this course is not for the beginner cyclist.

Course Map

 


100 km description and elevation profile

The 100 km course is approximately 62 miles of some of the most spectacular riding Santa Barbara has to offer.

Starting along the idyllic palm lined beaches of the Santa Barbara water front, you’ll ride through some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country before turning inland to experience the back roads and rolling foothills by citrus and avocado orchards and some moderately challenging climbs, including Toro Canyon and Ladera Road.  The course winds through foothills of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito and the flatlands of Goleta. The course finishes with a gorgeous tour of exclusive Hope Ranch, then back to the finish line at Leadbetter Beach. There are 4 aid stations on the 100k route.  With a total altitude gain of 4,000 feet, this course is suitable for an intermediate to experienced cyclist.

Course Map

 


34 mile description and elevation profile

The 34 mile course gives the riders a taste of what Santa Barbara cycling has to offer.

Starting along the idyllic palm lined beaches of the Santa Barbara water front, you’ll ride through some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country before turning inland to experience the back roads and rolling foothills of Santa Barbara with a few short climbs along the way.  The course finishes with a gorgeous tour of exclusive Hope Ranch, then back to the finish line at Leadbetter Beach. There are 2 aid stations on the 34 mile route.  With a total altitude gain of 2,200 feet, this course is suitable for a beginner to intermediate cyclist.

Course Map

 


Gibraltar Challenge

Noted on the 100 mile course elevation profile as “HC” (which means a climb beyond categorization), the infamous Gibraltar road is known by locals as the “Santa Barbara Alpe d’Huez” as it is very similar to the famous Tour de France climb.

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