Route Information: May 17, 2017 - Men's Stage 4 Start
Santa Barbara, "The American Riviera," is nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean along the Central Coast. Voted "Best Beach Town" by Sunset magazine (2015), it has long beguiled visitors with its majestic natural beauty and distinctive, Spanish-style architecture, just 92 miles north of Los Angeles.
Visitors are invited to "Miss Nothing" and delve into Santa Barbara's exciting one-of-a-kind experiences — from outdoor adventures to wellness, arts and cultural activities to a buzzed-about food and libations scene.
Long stretches of dreamy beaches, sweeping ocean vistas and winding mountain trails provide the backdrop for exhilarating outdoor recreation, from sailing and sea kayaking to paragliding and horseback riding. And cycling is a celebrated pastime here: Miles of rolling terrain make Santa Barbara an ideal place for two-wheeled adventure. Cyclists can choose from leisurely outings along the 3-mile, beachfront Cabrillo Bike Path to heart-pumping rides in the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains and fabled Gibraltar Road — the site of last year’s Stage 3 finish.
Just 40 minutes away, the landscape transforms into the world’s most diverse grape-growing region. Santa Barbara County’s sunlit vineyards produce universally recognized wines. While chardonnay and pinot noir have become the area’s most famous wines, more than 50 varietals from 220 vineyards can be savored. The Santa Barbara South Coast alone boasts three dozen tasting rooms, connected by the Urban Wine Trail. Beer lovers, take heart. With more than a dozen craft breweries in the region, there’s a mug here with your name on it.
Santa Barbara is rich with cultural history, from the Chumash who first inhabited this coastal enclave to the 19th and 20th century architects who defined and preserved its visually unique style. Red-tile roofs and white stucco buildings throughout the city pay homage to the area’s Spanish heritage and are found in stunning landmarks such as the Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Year-round festivals, more than two dozen museums, exquisite gardens, historic theaters and a beloved outdoor amphitheater with live music and entertainment ensure endlessly rewarding experiences for visitors.
"We are excited to welcome riders, fans, sponsors and media for a spectacular Stage 4 start in Santa Barbara," said Kathy Janega-Dykes, president/CEO of Visit Santa Barbara. "Our avid cycling community couldn’t be prouder to host California's premier cycling race. We hope our city by the sea will provide a scenic backdrop for enduring memories."
Learn more about The American Riviera and access itineraries, trip planning tools, a calendar of events and more at SantaBarbaraCA.com.