Fig Mtn Brew Racing’s 2018 winter training camp wrapped up this last Sunday just before the real rain came.
Our first day started with a short 30 mile jaunt from the Santa Barbara Mission up and over Gibraltar, across East Camino Cielo, and out to HWY 154 and back. We were treated to a combination of spectacular views of the aftermath of the Thomas fire, as well as 100 yd visibility at the top of the ridge due to thick fog.
On Friday the team met up at one of our sponsors’ locations, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) in Santa Ynez. After kitting up we headed out for a counter-clockwise ascent of Figueroa mountain followed by a Foxen Canyon / Alisos Canyon / HWY 101 loop for total of 68 miles and 6.2kft of climbing. The ride concluded with a much anticipated burrito lunch.
Saturday we had a great turnout for our longest ride out-and-back to Jalama (84 miles). Again the team kitted up at CTS in Santa Ynez with each rider receiving a supply of both sports and recovery drink product from our new sponsor FLUID Nutrition based up in San Luis Obispo CA (Thanks FLUID!).
Starting the slog back home from Jalama beach
Finally, on Sunday the team headed back down to Santa Barbara to participate in the Pre-Worlds + Worlds ride which started at the Santa Barbara Mission, went along Mountain Drive through Montecito, then back around to East Beach where we joined the Sunday Worlds crowd (or lack of) for the standard Worlds ride to Carp and back.
The team got in over 240 miles and 18k feet of climbing racers in four days. Not a bad kick-start for the race season which officially begins January 27th at the Santa Barbara County Road Race. See you there! #FIGFAST