Celebrate all things cycling!
Santa Barbara is the perfect location for cycling. Professional cyclists come from all over the world to Santa Barbara every year to train! “But you don’t have to be of the ‘Tour’ caliber to enjoy our rides,” the SB Post wrote. “Two-wheeled fun comes in all speeds and slopes from leg-burning climbs and adrenaline-pumping descents to easy-cruising bike paths and traffic-free scenic routes.”
And what’s a better time to cycle than during the spring? Once the month of May arrives, cyclers of all different skill levels hit the Santa Barbara trails and streets. According to the SB Post, the Bicycle Coalition, the City of Santa Barbara and Traffic Solutions have put together events to celebrate cycling in the coastal community every May since 1994.
Now making its fourth annual return, CycleMAYnia is a month-long celebration reaching thousands of Santa Barbara cyclists and community members with wide-ranging bike events for all. Those at CycleMAYnia say that the event is a culmination of Good Clean Fun bicycling events in May. Featured daily events include: bike challenges, classes, fashion, music, rides, time trials, bike to work breakfasts, kids activities, movies and much more!
The official kick-off event to CycleMAYnia is the Velo Vogue Bicycle Fashion show, which will take place on Thursday, May 2nd from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Paseo Nuevo Mall (at De la Guerra St.). According to the CycleMAYnia website, the show “celebrates fashionable and functional Santa Barbara cycling, inspiring the fashion conscious to cycle with style…It demonstrates that the bicycle is not just a recreational item, but also a practical, healthy and stylish mode of transportation, improving our quality of life.”
The month has just begun, so there are plenty of events that you can still attend—some of them even stretch into June! So what are you waiting for? Get cycling, Santa Barbara!
Date: May 1, 2013 – May 31, 2013
Times: Various days and times
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
WHERE TO STAY
Spanish Garden Inn
Santa Barbara’s finest luxury boutique hotel, located downtown. 915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805-564-4700.
Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, The Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well – and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805-965-0546.