The last point was particularly true for me. While I do a couple of rides a week on analog and electric bikes, I’m not at my fittest, and I’d never have considered doing the event without extra electric wattage. Of the available routes (including a 100-miler with 9,000 feet of climbing) my two co-workers and I chose the 100-kilometer option, which ended up being 66 miles with about 7,000 feet of climbing, including the legendary Gibraltar Road climb. We headed south from Leadbetter Beach not far from downtown in early morning sunshine, cruised inland and up Gibraltar Road, taking us generally north and up in elevation. After that, we descended into Santa Barbara again north of Leadbetter Beach and wound our way on roads and bike trails to the finish.