Tuesday, August 16, 2011

-General Information as of 10/25/2017-


-ONLINE registration begins SEPTEMBER 1ST-


The general information for the "18th Annual Lure of the Grapes" is that it will be held on the weekend of October 19,20,21, 2018 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 biking, 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. Register 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 third edition (as of October 25, 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 19th 2018:

Ride- 8:30am for a "Lompoc Coffee Ride" from Flying Flags RV Resort. The ride is a very rural and scenic route with hills! Please bring food and water! 
Lompoc Coffee Shop 39 Miler - destination is Southside Coffee in Lompoc, rolling hills.

Lunch- 1:00pm at  Industrial Eats, 181 Industrial Way, Buellton, for those riding or arriving early.

Dinner- 6:00pm at  Flying Flags RV Resort, Buellton. RSVP REQUIRED by Tuesday, October 17th on the CIBC Webpage. "2017 BBQ Dinner Menu." Pay at the door on Friday!

Saturday, October 20th 2018:

Breakfast- 7:30am at Ellen's House of Pancakes.

Ride- 8:30am from Flying Flags RV Resort to ride the....
Moderate 30 Miler - destination is Corner Coffee Shop in Los Olivos having one big hill.
Medium 40 Miler  - destination is Fess Parker Winery having one big hill.
Longer 50 Miler, - destination is Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos having two big hills.
Easy 25 Miler. - destination Corner Coffee Shop in Los Olivos with no big hills.
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.

Dinner- 6:00pm, Pizza, bread, salad sponsored by the CIBC at Flying Flags RV Resort bring a lawn chair. You bring something to share with the group, like fresh prepared fruit, dessert, wine or beer or sodas.

Sunday, October 21st 2018:

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

Ask for late check-out time as we are usually back to Buellton by 12pm at the latest.




-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 Flying Flags RV Resort for BBQ food at 6:00pm.  Here is the "2017 BBQ Menu." Reservations will be needed, so get ready to register ONLINE with your intentions of riding in the activity and if you plan to eat with the group by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th. 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

- Fun Local Activities -


      Tired of biking or want to do something different during Lure of the Grapes? If so think so trying some of these fun local activities:

  • Hiking
  • Wine tasting
  • Lavendar farm
  • Miniture horses
  • Solvang shopping

- 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