California’s Central Coast has gained a reputation for many things. Chief
among them are the scenic drive
up Pacific Coast Highway and
a growing wine-making industry
centered between Santa Ynez Valley
and Paso Robles. That same spate
of golden, rolling hills has also become
a focus of cyclists from all over the world.
Much of the region is full of Native American,
Spanish and, yes, even Danish history.
For years now the quiet roads that lie just over the hill
from Santa Barbara have welcomed cyclists of every stripe—from
the seasoned pro riders who have come to rely on the steep climbs for
training to the casual cyclists who fixate on the scenery. We found the hills
and scenery were the perfect destination for e-bikes. E-bikes rule in hilly
country, and we were ready to take it easy!
Maybe not as famous as
Napa Valley, the Santa Ynez
Valley has become a star of
its own making
By Pat Carrigan
Photos By Pat & Sarah Carrigan