The Santa Barbara 100 is back again, after a year off last year for the pandemic. We rode it in 2019 on a Yamaha bike, and it was beautiful and fun. Yamaha sponsors the event, and this is the 10th anniversary. Yamaha has offered to cover the cost for RideSB100 for anyone who owns a Yamaha power-assist bicycle and rides it during the event.
There will be 1500 cyclists at the event, which starts and ends at Leadbetter Beach on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Among the riders will be Tinker Juarez, a two-time Olympian cyclist and a legend of the cycling world.
There are four courses to choose from that go along the coast and into the Santa Ynez mountains, with two of those rides that include the Gibraltar Challenge, a grueling, 7-mile timed climb that gains 3000 feet of elevation and is known as one of the most challenging climbs in any American Century ride. The various rides include a full century (100 miles), a metric century (100 kilometers) that includes Gibraltar, a metric century sans the Gibraltar climb, and a 34-mile ride that’s billed as a fun and scenic course for casual riders and weekend warriors.
Yamaha is funding the activation of an All Kids Bike program in Santa Barbara. All Kids Bike is a national movement with a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class. Already in more than 350 schools nationwide, this will be the first All Kids Bike activation in Santa Barbara. Harding University Partnership School in Santa Barbara will receive a plug-and-play program complete with bikes and helmets to teach kids how to ride bikes in Kindergarten PE class.
There’s a beachfront Expo that will provide a spectacular setting for riders, friends, and family to gather in celebration of the ride, with food, beer gardens and sponsor booths open to the public on Friday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to demo e-Bikes from Yamaha Bicycles, try out 2-way Bluetooth communication helmets from Sena, and even test ride a Buffalo Bike from World Bicycle Relief, which deploys the bikes in developing countries so people can access education, health care, and employment.