Solvang Century

The very first "Solvang Century" was held in 1983 to raise funds for a club debt. In 1982, the SCOR Cardiac Cyclists Club sent 14 riders on a non-stop relay ride from the Avenue of the Stars in Century City to the Avenue of Flags in New York City in 12 days, 1 hour and 50 minutes. While most of the expenses were paid for, the bottom line was that SCOR owed $2000.00. Up until 1983 the primary club fund-raisers had been paper and aluminum can drives! It was clear that it would take a lot of newspapers and cans to raise $2000.00!

Instead, SCOR decided to take a club ride it had been doing in Solvang since 1975 and open it up to the public. The result was 300 riders and a ride was born. Although inexperienced in putting on rides, the ride worked well enough; 1200 riders came the following year! Since then the ride has grown to 3700 riders in 1998. A second venue was opened in Santa Maria in 1989. A half-century option was added in 1994 due to continued requests for a shorter route.

Over the years, SCOR has always striven to emphasize safety (we were one of the first rides to make helmets mandatory) as well as service. Our accident rate of one broken bone per 224,000 man-miles ridden in the last 19 years is lower than the accident rate training where you live, suggesting that you as a rider are safer in our rides despite the larger number of participants. The money we have raised goes to heart related projects, Camp Bon Couer , Make a Wish Foundation, Six TEAM SCORs in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM) Relay Division, the AXA World Team Ride, Camp Del Corazon on Catalina Island and Camp Taylor .

Click on each Camp link to donate directly to the congenital heart disease camp(s) of your choice. Service provided by Giving program.

We welcome your comments and suggestions as we strive to create an event that meets the needs of all recreational cyclists in this beautiful rural area.

Pre-Ride Registration / Entry Form / Souvenir Orders

Riders may pre-register by mail or online before . Complete entry form and return with check or money order ($65 single rider, $120 tandem team) payable to: SCOR, P.O.Box 9065, Brea, CA 92822.
You may register online @ with your credit card until . SOUVENIR orders will be accepted by mail until for pick-up at the event.

Souvenirs will be available on a first come, first served basis at the event. Orders will be taken for items we run out of on ride day.


Day of Event registration will be available on Friday evening from 6 - 10 PM and Saturday morning from 7 - 9 AM, IF WE HAVE NOT SOLD OUT AHEAD OF TIME . Add a $40 fee ($105 single, $160 tandem team). The ride will be limited to the first 5,500 registered riders , so get your registration form in early! Note: Our day of event fee has been increased 4 years ago to encourage pre-registration, so save money and sign-up early.

A confirmation card will be mailed with your assigned Bib Number to all pre-registered riders, which will also list any souvenirs you may have ordered. Please call our office at (562) 690-9693 if you find any discrepancies.



Any rider who has a PRO-BIKE FIT ($140) or EXERCISE STRESS TEST ($400) with Randy Ice, P.T., C.C.S. will have his/her entry fee waived. Call (800) 548-4447 for information or to schedule an appointment. Deadline: .


Join us in welcoming Clif Bar. Clif Bar will be donating one of their bar products to all riders

The newest addition to our ride sponsorship is 53x11 Coffee , a website devoted to providing ecologically friendly coffees to bicyclists. Visit their website for more information and sample their coffees at their booth in the Cycling Expo area on Saturday morning before you leave on your Century or Half Century rides .

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES for the first 5,000 registered

  • Bicycle Expo
  • Commemorative patch/Finish bag
  • SPIZ at SAG stops
  • Ride Registration
  • Moisture Wicking Technical Socks
  • Route slip for 50 or 100 mile ride
  • Refrigerator magnet
  • Law enforcement control at key intersections
  • Roving SAG and mechanical support
  • Bib number


All SAG stops will have fresh bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, pineapple, trail mix, salted peanuts, raisins, bagels, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, freshly baked oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies from the Solvang Bakery, Fig Newtons, Bottled Water and SPIZ, the only nutritionally complete energy drink ( ). Additional food items may be added as available.


Helmets are mandatory. You do not have to show helmets at registration. SCOR will have helmets available for purchase at the registration area. It is recommended each rider bring (2) water bottles, a tube, patch kit, tire levers, pump, a spare tire and warm clothing in layers that can be shed as the day warms up. Bring rain gear if need be. Do not leave clothing at SAG stops.



The CHP and Sheriff's Dept. will again be on the course to direct traffic at key intersections. Be sure to come to a complete stop at all traffic signals and stop signs not controlled by law enforcement personnel. RIDE SINGLE FILE PLEASE!!

Note: Riders who violate vehicle code laws, ride unsafely, are discourteous, rude or dangerous to other riders (or law enforcement personnel) will not be allowed to enter future SCOR events and will receive tickets for vehicle code violations.

Pacelines: If you ride in a paceline, please announce "on your left" when passing other riders. Please understand that you assume all liabilities and risks for riding in a paceline. Please pass riders with at least two feet of clearance between you and the rider you pass on your right. NO PERSONAL SUPPORT VEHICLES PLEASE!! TRIKKE BIKES ARE PROHIBITED. Headphones, Walkmans and iPod's are forbidden by law!

Please DO NOT urinate in public!! Use the Port-A-Potties we provide at SAG stops.


A barbeque lunch will be available to riders/family/friends after the ride at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. Lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on a first come, first served basis. SCOR CCC is the host of the BBQ lunch, however the cost is NOT included in the entry fee. BBQ lunch tickets are $12/person available for pre-order on the entry form, or at the event.

Topography and both routes available for review at The Bicycle Ride Directors' Association of America (BRDAA) has developed the ride difficulty rating scale described in the chart shown here.

The 50 mile route is rated ****
The 100 mile route is rated *****

****** Extremely Difficult 4000+ 100+
***** Difficult 2000-4000 60-80+
**** Moderate 1000-2000 40-60+
*** Easy to Moderate 500-1000 20-40
** Easy 250-500 10-20
* Children's Ride 0-250 under 10


For an up to date list of other cycling events visit .



Rider photos will be available at within 48 hours of the ride.


Volunteers are needed to work Friday evening and in a variety of places Saturday (registration, SAG stops, finish line). Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and BBQ lunch for helping out. Call (562) 690-9693 to sign up as a volunteer or for additional ride information.

Solvang Century Partner

Ride with Team World Vision at the Solvang Century to send bicycles into Africa!
You can check it out at

Regional Bike Clubs

There are at least 16 active bicycle clubs and groups within Santa Barbara County. They all welcome new members and visitors alike. Some clubs have web sites, as shown by the active links in their names. Some club presidents have email, as shown by the email links in their names. Phone numbers are area code 805 unless listed otherwise.

Bike Shops and Services

Bicycle Bob's shop in Santa Barbara.

These shops and services sell bicycles, accessories, maintenance and other services. We have added details about offerings if the shops have supplied them. All phone numbers are area code 805. Those shops designated with the green word " DISCOUNT " offer a discount to Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition members. Look here for discount info .

  • Carpinteria
  • Bikesmiths , 5441B Carpinteria Avenue, 684-3150, email .
    They provide precise, artistic and durable bike building and repair for any bike: road, mountain, city, comfort and cruisers.
  • EcoBike , 4193 Carpinteria Avenue, Unit #3, 576-7633, email .
    These electric-assist bikes come in road, mountain and folding models with aluminum frames, pull-out lithium ion batteries, front suspension, fenders, racks, front and rear LED lights, and bells. Riders can pedal without the battery, or slip it in for travel up to 20 miles.
  • Rincon Cycles , 5100 Carpinteria Avenue, 684-9466
  • Goleta
  • Bicycle Bob's , DISCOUNT , 250 Storke Road #A, 685-6799, email .
    With new bike purchase: 10% discount on parts and accessories, and one year of free tune-ups. Very helpful staff.
  • Bikes N Stuff . 5844 Hollister Avenue, 636-4266.
    Bicycles, electrical bikes, mopeds and maintenance.
  • Isla Vista Bicycles , 880 Embarcadero Del Mar, and 6539 Trigo Road, Isla Vista, 968-3338, email
    New and used mountain bikes, hybrids, beach cruisers, road bikes. Rentals by the day, week or month. They accept trade ins.
  • Varsity Bike Shop , 6547 Pardall Road, Isla Vista, 968-4914.
  • VeloPro Cyclery , DISCOUNT , 5887 Hollister Avenue, 964-8355, email .
    Mountain, road, city, and BMX bikes plus trikes, accessories, and repairs. Bikes by Kona, GT, Raleigh, Gary Fisher, Santa Cruz, Dyno, Redline, Free Agent, and Powerlite.
  • Lompoc
  • Bicycle Connection , DISCOUNT , 223 West Ocean Avenue, 736-4849
    Bicycles for the entire family from adult to kids. We also do repairs on all makes and models. Ask about our 90-day lay-away and tune-up specials.
  • Bicycles Unlimited , 660 North H Street, 736-4064
  • Santa Barbara
  • Bicycle Bob's , DISCOUNT , 15 Hitchcock Way, 682-4699, email .
    With new bike purchase: 10% discount on parts and accessories, and one year of free tune-ups. Very helpful staff.
  • Commuter Bicycles , PO Box 300, Santa Barbara 93102, 569-5381, email
    Commute bikes from Fuji, Incline, Van Dessel, Merida and Xtracycle. Accessories from Planet Bike.
  • ElectriCruise , 631 North Milpas Street, 963-1313, email .
    Electric-assist bicycles and scooters. Sales and service.

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