FAQs and Registration policy

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the average daily mileage? Will there be a lot of climbing?
The average daily mileage is approximately 50 per day. Our first day is the only day with any significant climbing, from Santa Barbara to the Lake Casitas area. The total trip mileage is approximately ­­­­­­­­­255 miles.

Are there options for longer rides?
Our tour is designed with a very specific daily route and destination. Any participant who chooses to add additional miles will do so without the support of tour staff.

What will the weather be like?
The average temperature in November ranges from 68 to 74 degrees for the high, and about 50 degrees for the low.

What kind of roads will we be riding?
Roads will vary from beach trails to frontage roads to sections of the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) to bike paths.

Will there be SAG support?
Yes, a vehicle will be available for all cyclists while on the road.

Will there be a mechanic on tour?
Yes, a mechanic will be available for minor repairs on the road. For more complicated repairs, there will be several bicycle shops along our route.

How many participants will there be?
We will be supporting 50 riders.

Is there a waiting list?
Yes. Prospective riders will be contacted on a first come, first serve basis in the event of any cancellations.

What are the safety requirements?
Our riders are expected to obey all applicable laws in the state of California. More detailed safety instructions are included in your registration packet.

What kind of accommodations can we expect?
We strive to provide you with a first-class cycling experience, while trying to keep costs down and providing an enjoyable experience for all.

  • Our first night will be spent at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara.
  • The second night in Ventura is at the Four Points Sheraton in the Ventura Harbor.
  • Our third night in Santa Monica is at Hostelling International, a 260-bed, green-certified modern hostel located two blocks from the Santa Monica pier.
  • Our fourth night will be spent aboard the fabulous Queen Mary hotel in Long Beach.
  • Our fifth and final evening in San Clemente is at the Best Western Casablanca Inn.

What if I do not want to share a room?
Our tour prices are based on double occupancy. If you prefer to guarantee a private room nightly, a single occupancy supplement fee will be added to your trip cost. The cost for this upgrade is $450.00.

Can I bring a spouse who does not ride?
As space is limited in our support vehicles, it will be difficult to accommodate non-cycling spouses.

What kind of dining will we be doing?

  • Full breakfasts will be provided daily at our hotel.
  • Lunches will be at scenic locations along our route. Day 4 you will be on your own for lunch.
  • Dinners will be unique and delicious! The evenings in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica will be an opportunity to dine and explore on your own. Our evening aboard the Queen Mary will feature a banquet dinner in the famous Veranda Grill room, with a evening of guest speakers.

Will there be options for vegan, vegetarian and other special diets?
Yes. Please email debbie@calbike.org if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests.

What’s included in the price of the trip?

  • Accommodations during the trip
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All snacks and drinks for each day you ride
  • Daily route reviews, detailed maps/cue sheets and van support
  • Experienced guides
  • Mechanic support
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Commemorative jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Gratuities for restaurants, hotels and transportation

What’s not included?

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the tour start and end
  • Lodging after your trip
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for volunteer staff/guides, at your discretion

Will there be entertainment?
Yes, we have events anticipated for three of our five evenings.

Will there be jerseys available for purchase?
There will be an option to purchase jerseys, shorts and accessories through Voler.

Are we responsible to transport our own luggage?
Your luggage will be transported to the lobby of each hotel by our volunteer staff.

Where do we meet at the start of the trip?
Your tour will start on Friday evening at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. Our Welcome Breakfast on Saturday morning at the hotel will include a pre-ride orientation before we start our first ride.

Where does the trip end?
Your tour ends in San Diego near the Amtrak station.

How do we get back to Santa Barbara?
Arrangements are being made for a discounted fare from Amtrak to return riders back to Santa Barbara on Wednesday afternoon following our arrival into San Diego. (The cost of your train is not included in the price of your tour.) Amtrak allows bicycles on the Pacific Surfliner train. You are responsible for your own transportation.

How do we get to Santa Barbara?

  • We encourage the use of Amtrak and public transportation.  The train station in Santa Barbara is two blocks from our hotel.
  • Santa Barbara has a small airport, but can be rather expensive to fly in and out of.  The Burbank airport offers more competitive fares with car rentals available.
  • Santa Barbara is conveniently located on Highway 101, and travel in and out of town is relatively straightforward.

Is there parking available while we are on the tour?
Yes, we have made arrangements with Fess Parker for a discounted long-term parking rate of $80.00 for the five days you are on tour.

Do we bring our own bike?
Yes.

Will there be bike rentals available?
No.

Will we get a map?
Yes, maps and cue sheets will be provided.

What do we bring?
A complete list will be provided with your registration packet.

Registration Policy:

A credit card is required to guarantee your spot, with a nonrefundable registration fee of $100. This will be applied towards your fundraising goal of $2150. Riders must pay or raise $500 by September 6 and the full amount is due October 18. Regardless of amount paid, cancellation fees apply as indicated below.

The ride is a great value but if you want help paying for it, we’ll help you raise funds with personalized fundraising pages. It’s easy to raise funds to support biking!

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you must cancel:

  • Cancellations made prior to August 30 will forfeit the $100 registration fee.
  • Cancellations made prior to September 6 will incur a $250 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made prior to October 1 will incur a $500 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation is not permitted after October 1 although fees may be applied toward a 2015 ride, at CalBike’s discretion.
  • All donations from personal fundraising will be distributed to the California Bicycle Coalition and are nonrefundable. Donations may be applied toward a rider’s fundraising goal in a 2015 ride, at CalBike’s discretion, if the request for transfer is made by October 1 in writing to debbie@calbike.org. A written confirmation from CalBike will guarantee your spot for 2015.

Insurance:

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for your trip. Two options to consider are www.travelsafe.com and www.travelguard.com.

Email debbie@calbike.org with any further questions.