What are the daily rides like?
Rider Type | 3 & 4
Average Daily Mileage | 40
Terrain | hilly
Average Daily Elevation | 2,500
On all of our Ride Camps, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to ride; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Ride Camps are best suited for our Type 3 & 4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads and challenging terrain. You will climb an average of 2-3 major climbs per day. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.
How is a ride camp different from a regular Trek Travel trip?
Ride Camps are a mix of guided and self - guided trips. The focus of our Ride Camps is to build your base miles for your cycling season. As a result our rides are focused on the physical dimension and not the site seeing. We also assume that guests are more self-sufficient than our 'all-inclusive' style regular trips. Each morning you'll begin your ride between 8-9am and return sometime between 2-5pm depending on the length of the ride and your ability level. Depending on your riding level you may or may not not have a guide with you. A support vehicle will be on each day’s featured ride but due to the variety of riding abilities you may not see the van during your ride. Please carry the appropriate layers, food and equipment. Once you return to the hotel, the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish. Trek Travel staff will ensure that your bike is in excellent condition. You are welcome to dine at your leisure and any non-riding activities that you'd like to take advantage of can be organized through the hotel concierge and are at your own expense.
What are the daily rides like?
Solvang and the surrounding area offer unrivaled riding and scenery in Central California. Scenic ranches and vineyard-lined roads abound in this pro team training ground. Our rides will take us through such classics as the evergreen Oak Line Drum Canyon loop, Happy Canyon and up and over the mythic Figueroa Mountain, not to mention the undulating hills of Ballard Canyon--the site of many Amgen Tour of California time trial courses. There is a reason the pros train in this region year after year, and our daily rides will explore all this bicycling paradise this area has to offer.
What kind of support do you offer?
Ride Camps are a mix of guided and self guided trip. You will have a minimum of 1 Trek Travel staff member that will be at the trip start, assign you your bike for the camp, and provide support on the featured group rides. When there is more than one staff member one will lead the first group of riders and the other will drive the support vehicle. The support vehicle will leap frog the group and make 1-2 scheduled stops along the ride. We recommend that you are comfortable riding independently without guide support if you are not riding with the group.
How much cycling/bike riding do I have to do on a Trek Travel Trip?
This trip is designed to build your base miles for your cycling season, so we anticipate that all guests will have a good level of physical ability and be sufficiently prepared to comfortably ride a variety of challenging terrain. (Featured rides are in the trip Itinerary.) Guests are welcome to ride as much or as little as they like and must be prepared to support themselves if they are not able to do the entire featured ride or chose to do a different ride. Please select the ride options that best suit your physical ability.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?
You don't need to be a professional athlete to enjoy a Trek Travel Ride Camp, however due to the level of riding we do encourage each guest to come with a good level of physical fitness. This vacation is most appropriate for Rider Types 3 & 4. Please consult our Rider Types to find out what type of weekly rides you should be able to complete in order to enjoy this vacation. We always recommend that guests consult their physician before coming on a Ride Camp.
What is the weather going to be like?
Santa Barbara enjoys 310 days of sunshine annually. You can expect temperatures to range from 60-75 degrees during the day and 45-50 degrees at night. Rain is rare, but there is always a chance especially during February. Morning fog while on the coast generally causes cooler temperatures until it burns off.
Can I bring a non-rider travel companion?
You are more than welcome to bring a non-riding companion. Please refer to the trip page for specific pricing for a double-occupancy room. Your non-riding companion will have their days free to explore while you are riding your bike. You'll be able to reconnect in the afternoon and you can shape your day as you wish. Our Trek Travel staff members will spend their day supporting the riders, however they will have a list of suggested activities for non-riders to enjoy at their own expense.
What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
n addition to being cycling Meccas, Ride Camp destinations are great for vacations. There are a number of non-riding activities to do in the area and you can often upgrade your experience at the hotel. Some of these activities have additional costs and can be arranged through the hotel's concierge. Here are some suggestions:
- Wine tastings
- Boutique shopping
- Hiking opportunities
- Explore local historic monuments and museums
- Horseback riding
- Various outdoor activities including rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and more
- Spa Services
- Specific guest choice activity lists are available for each location by contacting Trek Travel
How do I reserve a spot?
How far in advance do I need to book?
We recommend booking your trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Trips do sell out or become otherwise unavailable, so booking early is the most reliable means of reserving spots. Based on availability, last-minute bookings can be accommodated up to one week prior to departure.
What kind of trip information does Trek Travel provide?
When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for Ride Camp and provide you with a packet containing daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.
What if I have to change or cancel my trip?
Do I need travel insurance?
Can you help me with my travel arrangements?
Will someone meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
The meeting point at the beginning and end of Ride Camp is at the trip hotel. Trek Travel offers one complimentary shuttle time to and from the suggested airport location and the hotel. You must arrange the airport shuttle upon booking. If you arrive or depart outside of the shuttle times, you are responsible for organizing and paying for your own transportation to and from the trip hotel and the airport. In your trip one-week-out email, you'll receive information about the specific time and location of our trip start meeting.
What kind of travel documentation do I need?
All international and continental travel, for both Canadians and Americans, requires a valid passport. Other nationalities are also required to have their passport with them and may need to obtain a visa for certain countries. If you do not have a passport and/or need a visa, contact the appropriate consulate nearest you.
If I book a tour, can I be guaranteed that it will run?
All Ride Camps that have a minimum of 1 person booked two weeks prior to the trip start date are guaranteed to run. If we are within the two-week time period and no one has booked on that departure date, the trip will be canceled. Trips will not be cancelled due to low enrollment within 7 days of the trip start.
How big are the groups?
The average group size on a Trek Travel Ride Camp is 16, however we allow up to 50 guests per camp. If you wish to find out how many people are on your specific trip, please contact our Trip Consultant via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does "double occupancy" mean?
Our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. If you have paid for double occupancy and are traveling alone, you'll be paired with a roommate of the same gender. We will do everything we can to match you with a roommate. If we are not able to match you with a roommate you will be charged a discounted single supplement rate of 50%.This 50% discounted single supplement charge will be billed with final balance. If you are matched up with a roommate we will refund this discounted charge 7 days before the trip start date.
What is a single supplement? Do I have to pay it if I am traveling solo?
The Single Supplement is a fee added to the trip price which secures a private room with no roommate for guests who prefer to room alone. If you would like your own room, please make sure you communicate your request clearly to your Trip Consultant at the time of booking. You can opt for the Single Supplement after you book by contacting us to confirm room availability and the Single Supplement fee assessment. If a private room is not available at the time of your request or you do not communicate your desire for your own room to a Trip Consultant, you will be paired with a roommate of the same gender. We will do everything we can to match you with a roommate. If we are not able to match you with a roommate you will be charged a discounted single supplement rate of 50%.This 50% discounted single supplement charge will be billed with final balance. If you are matched up with a roommate we will refund this discounted charge 7 days before the trip start date.
What bikes will we ride?
The price of your Trek Travel vacation includes the choice of the best bikes on the market. On your Ride Camp the use of a Trek Domane 5.9 is included in the price of your trip. You will only be given one bike for the duration of the trip. For an additional $300 fee you may upgrade to Trek's race proven Madone 6.5!
Can I bring my own bike?
You are more than welcome to bring your own bike, but please keep in mind Trek Travel cannot assume responsibility for the safety of or damage to your bike that may exceed what and how we maintain the safety and well-being of our own fleet of bikes. You are responsible for providing the maintenance to your bike and any spare parts that may be used during the trip. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure.
Where can I get info on groups and/or private trips?
With our private and custom trip options, the sky is the limit. We can do just about anything for your group's active vacation of a lifetime.