IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT …
Before you register, please understand the following:
For many years the City of Solvang has shown no interest in hosting this event (by making it nearly impossible to obtain permits). The City of Buellton gladly grants the permits; but contingent upon the event downsizing from how it had been pre-Covid, and also that it start/end at the Marriott (the only venue with space).
The event receives no sponsorship funds, especially from any city or government entity. Gone are the days of product sampling and companies setting up booths at other than huge corporate events.
During your ride, we’ll support you will a great selection of snacks and drinks at the aid stations.
Regrettably, we are unable to offer a post-ride meal. The Marriott forbids us from bringing in food trucks or any outside catering. As we learned last year, the food offered by Marriott was very expensive and unsatisfying in quantity and quality. For 2023, their prices skyrocketed. A jumbo bacon-wrapped hot dog is $20.06; a pasta bowl with marina or alfredo sauce (no protein) and a breadstick is $26.75. There were a lot of complaints about the food last year. It’s more expensive, and not any better this year. There’s nothing we can do about it – so we’ve opted out.
There’s a decent restaurant and bar in the Marriott lobby that has better food at better prices. Firestone Walker Brewery is walking distance from the Marriott. Also withing walking distance are several fast/quick serve options. There are many excellent restaurant choices in Solvang. So enjoy the cycling, then explore the local eats and drinks! Most importantly, supporting the local restaurants keeps the locals happier about the event!
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
NOW you can SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE.