Each day riders are treated to amazing scenery along with lots of fun activities at camp:
- Friday’s Ride Map (2020 map coming soon!)
- Saturday’s Ride Map (2020 map coming soon!)
- Sunday’s Ride Map (2020 map coming soon!)
Click here to download a complete Schedule of Events. (2020 schedule coming soon!)
DAY ONE: Friday, June 19, 2020
8:00 AM: Meet at Solvang Elementary School (Lower Campus) for check-in, coffee, and pastries. After a road safety and maintenance briefing, you will hit the road around 8:30 AM
8:00-9:00 AM: Bike Mechanics
3:00-6:00 PM: Chips, Salsa, Soda
5:00 PM: Beer and Wine
5:30 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Live Music
6:30-8:00 AM: Coffee & Breakfast
7:00-9:00 AM: Bike Mechanics
8:00 AM: Check-in for One- and Two-Day riders at Midland School. After a road safety and maintenance briefing, you will hit the road around 8:30 AM
3:00-6:00 PM: Chips, Salsa, Soda
5:00-7:00 PM: Bike Mechanics
5:00 PM: BBQ Dinner and Live Music
DAY THREE: Sunday, June 21, 2020
6:30-8:00 AM: Coffee & Breakfast
7:00-9:00 AM: Bike Mechanics; breakdown campsites
8:30 AM: Start ride
12:00 PM: Celebration BBQ Lunch at River View Park in Buellton
Preparing for the Wine Country Bike Trek
Arrive in time to complete check-in process:
Plan your travel so you arrive at check-in at Solvang Elementary School no later than 8:30 am on Friday for three-day trekkers. One and two-day trekkers will check-in at Midland School at 8:30 am on Saturday. Directions are listed on www.winecountrybiketrek.com
First Stop: Check-in/Registration
This is the important first day of your adventure! When you check in, a volunteer will verify you have paid your fees and signed your medical waiver. If you haven’t, you’ll be able to do so on-site. You’ll then receive your Dashboard Display and RoadID. The Road ID should remain on your bike for the duration of the event as it will help us to easily identify trekkers and their equipment.
Second Stop: Load Your Gear (3 day riders only)
Now that you have completed the check-in process, double check your bags and load them directly onto the Wine Country Bike Trek gear truck. Please load gear as far to the back of the truck as possible.
Third Stop: Safety and Orientation
Safety is the most important thing on the Wine Country Bike Trek! One of the ways we help make the event safe is through the Safety and Orientation Briefing. It is informative, inspiring, and sets the tone for the trek. The briefing explains exactly how things work on the trek, and reminds you what you can do to have the best event possible—through safety, and basic human kindness.
Last but not Least:
- Meet your fellow participants
- Have your bike tuned up one last time
- Answer those last-minute questions
On the Road
Each day, trekkers can choose from 30 or 50 mile routes (marked with yellow and orange arrows).
SAG (Support and Gear) Stops
SAG stops will be staffed by volunteers every ten miles along the route. Fill your water bottles and stay hydrated! Snacks, fruit, and sports drinks will also be available to keep you fueled on your journey. Basic medical supplies also available.
If You Are Unable to Continue
If you get injured or are too exhausted to finish the day’s mileage, there will be ‘rover’ vehicles to pick you up and take you to the next pit stop, where you can get medical attention if needed. If you are still unable to ride, we will take you to camp. As the day comes to a close, rovers will pick up any trekkers who are still on the road, so they are not on the road after dark. At the bottom of each map is the name and phone number of our Head Rover. Call the Head Rover if you need help while out on the road (please keep in mind reception can be very poor or not available in spots along the route).
As with any emergency, dial 911 first! Immediately report any medical emergencies to People Helping People staff or volunteers. Again, at the bottom of your map is the name and phone number of our Head Rover. We have a full crew of volunteers to assist you, as well as access to local emergency facilities for more serious injuries.
Dressing in layers is the best approach to staying comfortable. We also suggest you bring sunblock. Highs are typically in the 80’s – 90’s with lows in the upper 40’s. Afternoon highs rarely exceed 100 degrees. Please note it can get quite cold in camp so make sure to bring warm clothing, blankets and/or sleeping bags.
Rider Safety Information
- Carry a spare tube, pump, water, sunscreen, money, ID, cell phone, emergency phone numbers and critical medical information.
- Helmets MUST be worn while riding.
- All riders must sign the release form before starting the ride. Registration is null and void if release form is not signed.
- Minors (under 18 years) must be accompanied by an adult, and a parent or guardian must sign the release form. No Exceptions.
- Bicyclists must obey all California Vehicle Code laws, including all stop signs and signals.
Each morning, route descriptions will be available in the breakfast area or at check-in. In addition, the route will be clearly marked each day with yellow (30 miles) and orange (50 miles) arrows that will show you the way. Following other trekkers is helpful as well.
Life at Camp
Midland School is very gracious to allow us to use its campus and unlike any campsite you’ve ever visited. Think of it as a big slumber party for the Wine Country Bike Trek community! Please leave the campsite cleaner than when we arrived, and stay in areas designated for the Bike Trek to respect the privacy of Midland faculty who live on site.
The following meals are included with your registration:
- Dinner on Friday and Saturday night from 5pm to 7pm at Midland School
- Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am to 9am at Midand School
- Lunch on Sunday afternoon from 12pm to 2pm at River View Park in Buellton
Vegetarian options are available at every meal.
Showers, Sinks, and Toilet Facilities
Midland School graciously allows us use of three sets of showers. Please respect the school grounds and keep these shower rooms clean. Don’t forget to bring your own towels. Each shower room is equipped with toilets. Portable toilets will also be available along the route.
Other Camp Services
Ride information, beverages, chips, and salsa will be located in the Mess Hall along with general information about People Helping People.
Each evening you can gather at the Mess Hall to hear news about the route, celebrate top fundraisers (who can win a chance at awesome prizes!), live music, and more. Don’t forget to bring a folding chair!
Our first priority is your safety. Make it your priority, too. The motto for the Wine Country Bike Trek is “Stay Alert! Stay Alive!” Please follow all directions on safety. It’s of the utmost importance to everyone on the event—trekkers, crew, and staff alike.
1. Safety Rules
- You have a responsibility not only for your own safety, but also for the safety of everyone on the Wine Country Bike Trek.
- Remember that riding in a group is different than riding by yourself. Your behavior affects others’ lives, as well as your own. Please ride single file whenever possible. We’d like our ride to enjoy the support of local motorists!
- The road is not closed to traffic during the Wine Country Bike Trek. Please use caution and ride single file when riding near other vehicles.
- Unsafe behavior is cause for immediate expulsion from the Wine Country Bike Trek. If you are at all unsure about what unsafe behavior is, please ask.
- Cooperate with Wine Country Bike Trek officials at all time. Highway officers and local law enforcement will be monitoring the event—so please obey their instructions and signals.
2. Earphones/Cell Phones/Radios
Participants are not permitted to wear earphones or use radios or mobile phones while riding. However, we do recommend that you carry a mobile phone with you in case of emergency.
Participants are not to engage in any activity in violation of any criminal or statutory laws.
4. Inappropriate Behavior
Participants should never engage in inappropriate behavior, including fighting, use of abusive language, or harassment of others.
Participants must always follow directions and instructions given to them by People Helping People staff and volunteers. All trekkers must stay on the official Wine Country Bike Trek route.
6. Rules of the Road
Participants must follow the rules of the road at all times. Use common courtesy.
The following policies exist to keep the Wine Country Bike Trek running smoothly and to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
Donations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
2. Medical Matters
You will be required to sign a medical waiver before participating. We ask that you carry your medical insurance card on you or in a bag affixed to your bike while riding.
All bikes must clearly display the ROAD ID signs provided at check-in at all times during the Wine Country Bike Trek.
4. Daily Check-in
Please check in with our event staff at the Mess Hall each night and each morning as you enter/exit the course for the day. SAG volunteers will also be checking your numbers as you reach each stop.
5. Route Hours
Riders may begin riding on the routes as early as 7:30 am and may ride until 5:00 pm. At 5:00 pm, rovers will drive the routes and pick up all riders remaining on the road and take them to camp.
No vehicles are allowed to drive past the Mess Hall at Midland School. This means that any vehicles on school grounds are to remain near the entrance. There will be barricades set up as a reminder for you. We ask that all vehicles associated with the ride prominently display your dashboard sign (provided at check-in), in either the front or back window of the vehicle.
7. Campsite Courtesy
We will be guests at our campsite and at all of our SAG stops. We want our hosts – as well as our participants and volunteers – to have a positive experience on the Wine Country Bike Trek, so please follow these rules:
- Show respect and don’t litter.
- Use the portable and regular toilets provided.
- No noise or radios after 10:00 p.m. We all want to get a good night’s sleep.
- Camp only in designated cabins, tent or vehicle areas.
- Be respectful of all staff, fellow participants, and volunteers.
- Please do not wander around the campus, as some of the faculty will be in their homes.
- NO SMOKING OR VAPING is allowed anywhere on the Midland property. The entire Bike Trek takes place in a high fire danger zone and smoking is discouraged anywhere along the route.
If you would to invite guests, the fee is $20 per meal. Please notify us when registering or checking in that you will be joined by a guest(s).
9. If You Have to Leave the Event
Participants wishing to leave the Wine Country Bike Trek must notify a PHP staff person prior to leaving.