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2013 Wine Country Bike Trek, June 14-16
Our Wine Country Bike Trek is well established and one of the most popular cycling events in Santa Barbara County. The entire ride takes place in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Riders will have a choice of signing up for a three day ride, June 14 through June 16, with camping for two nights at Midland School in Los Olivos, or a one day ride on Saturday, June 16. Our goal is a minimum of 150 riders.
CHOOSE FROM A ONE, TWO OR THREE-DAY RIDE
Three Day Option, June 14-16: Begin at Hans Christian Andersen Park in Solvang on Friday, June 14. We’ll transport your camping gear to our campsite as you begin your scenic tour of the Santa Ynez Valley. Saturday, you will tour around the Santa Ynez Valley and end back at our campsite. On Sunday, your ride begins at our campsite and ends back at Hans Christian Anderson Park with a BBQ lunch donated by Buellton Rotary.
Two Day Option, June 15-16: Begin your ride at Midland School up Figueroa Mountain road. Tour in and around the Santa Ynez Valley on Saturday, June 15 On Sunday, your ride begins at our campsite and ends back at Hans Christian Anderson Park with a BBQ lunch.
One Day Option, June 15: One-day-riders begin and end at our campsite in Los Olivos on Saturday, June 15. Join us for a night of fun and festivities including a tri-tip and chicken barbecue plus a vegetarian option. The barbecue is compliments of the Kiwanis Club of the South Coast - a donation they have made for 30 years!
Choose a 30 or 50-mile route each day.
Volunteers will greet you every ten miles with fully catered rest stops.
|Three-Day Ride: $200 for adults, $100 for children 8-14|
|Two-Day Ride: $150 for adults, $75 for children 8-14|
|One-Day Ride: $75 for adults, $37.50 for children 8-14|
Children under 8 are free, but pledge collecting is encouraged.
On Sunday, your final ride will end back at Hans Christian Andersen Park in Solvang. We will once again have an old-fashioned picnic barbecue donated by Buellton Rotary - hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, fresh fruit and plenty of pasta salad with veggies. We guarantee you'll walk away with new friends and fantastic memories of your weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Spirit of the Wine Country Bike Trek is community, family, and friends.
It's about taking what you thought you knew about yourself and the world and looking at it again, from a new perspective—a perspective where, suddenly, what you thought were only hopes or ideals are real. You may doubt that 150 people will be able to make a difference in the lives of those in need But They Will.
2012 Winner's Circle Members: (front row: Dean Palius, Donna Allen, Gene Holetich, Randy Beaudoin, Michael Daum)
This is a fundraising event for People Helping People and while fundraising is not required, you will receive a fundraising page and if you raise $500 or more, your registration fee is refunded to you. We’ll say thanks for your fundraising efforts with a variety of great prizes. Those who qualify for the “Winner’s Circle” will be our honored guests at a luncheon celebration in August, a fun reunion where we will honor our top fund-raisers.
Money raised from the Wine Country Bike Trek will help support People Helping People’s emergency and basic needs programs, including a Food Program, which provides groceries to over 1,300 people bi-weekly, health care access for adults and children that are underinsured and uninsured, and programs such as counseling for children and teens and an after school youth program offering homework assistance, tutorials, and arts and crafts activities.
Testimonials from the Wine Country Bike Trek
“I rode with my wife Carolyn and friends, Richard and Christine from Chicago. The rides were well laid out and well marked. They were tough but fair. My friends had such a good time riding, enjoying dinner and listening to the music each evening that they are planning on returning next year.” - Mike Balaban, a member of PHP’s Board of Directors and avid cyclist, rode 50 miles on all three days.