Photos 2009 Route
Solvang California - Stage 5 Starting Line has moved this year to Mission Drive, in front of historical Solvang Park.
Time Trial riders will head east, making a left turn up Alisal Rd, over the hill and down to Viborg, making a right turn off the steep hill before a left onto Alamo Pintado Road to start their tour of the Santa Ynez Valley, sweeping through the communities of Ballard and Los Olivos along the way.
|Sunny Fields-(On Alamo Pintado, 1 1/4 miles from the start.) Great viewing spot for the family. The community recently came together to build this unique playground as well as playiing fields.|
Ballard- Riders make a hard right turn onto Baseline Avenue and its rolling hills, as they zip through this quaint little town, home of the Valley's original one-room school house.
Refugio Road - After navigating the rolling hills of Baseline Avenue, they make a left turn onto Refugio Road for a two mile straight away headed towards Los Olivos. As Refugio Road ends at Roblar Avenue, they head west, past Dunn School, and a lavender farm. As Roblar turns into Grand Avenue, they head into Los Olivos.
Los Olivos- After a charge up Grand Avenue, riders will navigate around the flag pole in the center of this wonderful town as they hang a hard left onto Alamo Pintado Avenue and prepare for the climb up the start of Ballard Canyon Road.
Ballard Canyon-The most picturesque part of the ride with vineyards, olive orchards, buffalo, cattle, sheep, rolling hills and majestic scenic views.
Finishing- Riders finish up Ballard Canyon Road and continue south onto Chalk Hill Road, speeding past another great family area, Hans Christian Andersen Park, with its playground and picnic areas, past the historic Danish church and Solvang School and across Mission Drive, before a final left turn onto Copenhagen Drive to finishline near First Street.
Look who trains in the Santa Ynez Valley!! Archive Photos
Photos courtsey of Greg Parks