Tuesday, August 16, 2011

-General Information as of 2/16/2017-


Registration begins on August 1st, 2017


The general information for the "17th Annual Lure of the Grapes" is that it will be held on the weekend of October 20,21,22, 2017 at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton. Only club members of the Channel Islands Bike Club are welcome to participate in this fun biking environment. Our main goal is to have FUN while bike eating, wine-tasting, or shopping in a social atmosphere. Riders can reserve a camping cottage, RV site, tent site, or hotel for the entire weekend or for one night or even drive up for the morning. Activities will include road biking in this beautiful region along with gathering for breakfasts and dinners as well as shopping and wine tasting. Check this webpage for more information about this great event. All we ask you to do is contact Dan Mathews to let him know of your plans for the weekend's activity. Especially if you plan to dine with the group. Signup by CLICKING HERE, at the new CIBC Webpage. This is the new method for signing up for all club activities now. Remember you MUST be a CIBC Member and please register each participant SEPARATELY!

-Lure Activities-


Below is the first edition (as of February 16, 2017) of the agenda for the weekend of the "17th Lure of the Grapes." Our main goal is to have fun while biking, eating, shopping in a social atmosphere. Riders can join us for the entire weekend or for one night or even for one morning. Any day you choose will end up being so much fun.  Here is the agenda for the weekend:

Friday, October 20th 2017:

Ride- 8:30am for a "Pre-Lure Social Ride" from Flying Flags RV Resort. The ride is a very rural and scenic route "Lompoc Coffee Shop 40 MilerUp and back route on Santa Rosa Road due to construction on Highway 246 as for now.
Lunch- 1:00pm at  Industrial Eats, 181 Industrial Way, Buellton. For those riding and arriving early.
Dinner- 6:00pm at   Avant Wines, 35 Industrial Way, Buellton. Please bring CASH & credit card! RSVP REQUIRED by Tuesday, October 17th, so RSVP with Dan Mathews. "2016 Avant CIBC Dinner Menu."

Saturday, October 21st 2017:

Breakfast- 7:30am at Ellen's House of Pancakes.
Ride- 8:30am from Flying Flags RV Resort to ride the Medium 40 Miler , the Moderate 30 Miler and a Longer 50 Miler, or a Easy 25 Miler "Saturday's Lure Route Slip"- please print out your copy. PLEASE do not make up your own routes, pick from one of the four rides, thanks.
Walk- 9:00am, for those not biking there will be a walking activity for non-riders. Leader is Margaret Mathews.
Dinner- 6:00pm, Pizza, bread, salad at Flying Flags RV Resort bring a lawn chair and some cash. You bring something to share with the group, like pasta, dessert, wine or beer or sodas.

Sunday, October 22nd 2017:

Breakfast- 7:30am at Ellen's House of Pancakes.
Ride- 8:30am from Flying Flags RV Resort to Figueroa Mountain 30 Miler.



-Lodging Information-


** Note- the old Days Inn is now the newly renovated "Sideways Inn", check it out now **

Lots of hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley. Most of the hotels are within walking/biking distance of the ride start at Flying Flags RV Resort on Avenue of the Flags and Highway 246. RV, tent and camping cottage sites are available at Flying Flags RV Resort. Reserve soon to get your spot or camping cabin with all the amenities.  Hotel prices seem to be less expensive in Buellton, such as the NEW Sideways Inn which backs up directly to our ride start and Quality Inn and Pea Soup Andersons. There is also a campground with beautiful RV and grassy tent sites. Experience says reserve soon because weekend crowds do arrive during the fall season. So feel free to explore and find a hotel that suits your taste and budget. You can click on this link: Buellton Lodging Link, to get more specific information.


-Dining Choices-


The Santa Ynez Valley is full of fine dining choices for breakfast, dinner and lunch. Obviously, the favorite among cyclists is Ellen's Pancake House for breakfast. Noted as the "place to go" when in Buellton for active bikers like ourselves and those training for the Tour of California. Dinner choices abound within walking distance or a short drive. Friday's dinner will be at Avant Wines for food and wine at 6:00pm.  Here is the "2016 Avant CIBC Menu." Reservations will be needed, so get ready to email Dan Mathews with your intentions of riding in the activity and if you plan to eat with the group by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th. Also, bring CASH for the dinner meal, it is much easier to settle the bill with a large group. On Saturday the plan is to eat at Flying Flags RV Resort, in Buellton at 6:00pm. Pizza will be provided, bring your own drinks and lawn chair.


Monday, August 15, 2011

- Weather -



We've experienced every extreme. Generally the temperatures are warm and beautiful. However, you will definitely want to check the weather forecast to see if there is potential for early rains, fog, chilly mornings etc. Since Buellton is more inland than much of our riding in Coastal Ventura County, it is normal to have more extreme temperature swings from cold (as defined in Southern California) morning to hot afternoon.

Sunday, August 14, 2011