3 Beautiful Routes Through the Santa Ynez Valley


$125 ENTRY


96 miles and 8,800 feet of climbing in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Challenge yourself with the first ever ascent of Figueroa Mountain in an organized event. Look out over the Central Coast from the summit and continue on through Los Olivos and out Foxen Canyon Road. The punchy climb of Cat Canyon, the gradual rise of Alisos Canyon and the short kicker of Foxen Canyon awaits. In between the climbs are miles of uninterrupted countryside.

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$100 ENTRY


44 miles and 5,200 feet of climbing. This is no token easy short route option. All of the Fig and none of the extra. The classic climbing route in the Santa Ynez Valley with all of the support to make it an epic day.

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Even the pros don’t climb 4,000-foot mountains every day. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beautiful scenery of the valley. Ride out to the base of Fig and turn around to head toward Los Olivos and the featured aid station of the day. Back in Santa Ynez for some Fig Mtn Brew just before all those crazy mountain climbers get there.

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Special Group Package Pricing Available

Do you have a large club or group that wants to ride the Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo? Contact us for special group pricing:




  • Event Date: November 11, 2017
  • Start/Finish: Historic Downtown Santa Ynez, CA
  • Fig Mtn Brew timed KOM/QOM segment up Figueroa Mountain
  • Technical Support from Shimano
  • Fully stocked aid stations
  • Benefits People Helping People non-profit

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  • Post-Ride Party: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company is hosting a post ride party for the whole family in historic downtown Santa Ynez
  • Live Music
  • Awards: KOM/QOM Awards,
  • Food & Drink: Beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, wine from local Santa Ynez wineries, and delicious, fresh, local foods


  • Pre-Ride VIP Dinner: Optional pre-ride dinner with Chris Carmichael and other cycling celebrities
  • VIP Gran Fondo Camp – Learn more here

Celebrity Athletes Attending


Team 7-Eleven Athletes

Ron Kiefel 
A former professional road bicycle racer from the United States. Kiefel is a seven-time Tour de France racer, Olympic bronze medalist, and member of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Tom Schuler
1980 Olympic team and one of the original seven members of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team. He was the 1987 USPRO National Road Champion and the 1981 US Professional Criterium Champion.
Alex Stieda
Stieda captured five classification jerseys of the Tour de France, the yellow jersey, the polka dot, the multi-colored, the red and the white, on the second day of the 1986 Tour de France, becoming the first North American to lead the Tour de France.

Professional Cyclists

Alison Tetrick

Professional cyclist for the Cylance Pro Cycling Team.

Mara Abbott

In 2010, Abbott became the first U.S. cyclist ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women’s bicycle racing. Abbott retired after the 2016 Olympic Games road race after finishing a heartbreaking 4th place.

Matthew Busche

Busche completed three grand tours as a UCI professional cyclist and won the US Pro National Championship twice.

Preferred Lodging

The CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo is excited to partner with Hotel Corque and The Hadsten House to offer hotel rooms less than 5 miles from the Start/Finish at a special rate for Fig Fondo participants. You must call to reserve (not available online) and reference “Fig Fondo”! Get these choice rooms while they last!

Hotel Corque
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
Hadsten House
1450 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463

CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo VIP Camp


November 6-11, 2017

Limited Spots Available!

Hundreds of cyclists will join us for the first annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, but only a dozen will be our VIP guest athletes for the entire week leading up to the big event. Join Chris Carmichael and top CTS coaches for this week of great riding, exceptional CTS support, delicious meals, and VIP treatment at this all-inclusive cycling camp. You’ll stay at the luxurious Santa Ynez Inn and join our professional coaches for the best rides of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara. Your bike will be cleaned and tuned daily by professional mechanics and you’ll experience daily massage and ride feedback from a personal coach. You’ll also have a reserved spot at our pre-fondo VIP dinner and a front row call-up on the morning of the Gran Fondo. Whether you’ve been a loyal CTS Athlete for years or just want to experience the best of the services we offer, you are invited to join us for the week-long VIP Experience. But hurry as spots are limited!




People Helping People is dedicated to improving the lives of men, women, and children in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, and surrounding communities by addressing emergency and basic needs, furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services, and acting as a catalyst for positive community change.

View People Helping People Annual Report

Sponsorship opportunities

Want to get involved? We will have sponsorship packages available at a variety of levels to match your budget and goals. Please email Athlete Services or call 866-355-0645 with sponsorship inquiries.


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A challenging day of bikes, beer, and fun in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, featuring the first-ever ascent of Figueroa Mountain in an organized cycling event

 Press Release

Registration Open for 2017 CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo

(March 1, 2017 – Colorado Springs, CO) Cyclists can now register for the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing. The event, scheduled for November 11, 2017 in Santa Ynez, California, features the first ascent of Figueroa Mountain in a timed, mass start event.

Earlybird registration ranges from $65-$100. Athletes must register before June 1, 2017 to take advantage of this earlybird price. Shareable registration link:

The full Gran Fondo route (Fig Epic) covers 96 miles and features 8800 feet of climbing, while a shorter Medio Fondo route (Fig Loop) will cover 44 miles and 5200 feet of climbing. Both routes will tackle the ascent of Figueroa Mountain, which gains 4000 feet in elevation over 9.6 miles. There will also be a family-friendly Piccolo Fondo route (Valley Ride) of about 31 miles through the Valley’s rolling hills. See Routes.

At the end of their rides, Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo participants will be welcomed back to Santa Ynez with incredible food and beer from presenting sponsor, Figueroa Mountain Brewing. They will also enjoy an expo area packed with booths from local Santa Ynez Valley businesses and major outdoor and cycling brands.

To help prepare cyclists for this challenging event, the professional coaches at CTS will include pre-event training for all registered riders. Athletes who want to make the most out of their visit to the Santa Ynez Valley can sign up for an all-inclusive 5-day cycling camp that culminates with the gran fondo and includes an event entry and preferred starting position.


“The Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo is a celebration of cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley, one of my favorite places in the world to ride a bicycle,” said CTS CEO, Chris Carmichael. “I have long dreamed of hosting an event here to give back to the community, provide a great cycling experience for cyclists of all ability levels, and then bring everyone together to enjoy live music, beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., as well as food, wine, and products from the region.”

Sponsorship packages are available, including opportunities to sponsor an aid station, the KOM/QOM competitions, or the VIP Dinner the night before the event.Online information: CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo. Contact Rebecca Kotch with sponsorship inquiries: Rebecca Kotchm – – 323.806.5900.

About Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo

The CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fond, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing, is the flagship event from CTS Productions, Inc. Held in California’s Santa Ynez Valley and featuring the first ascent of Figueroa Mountain in a timed, mass start cycling event, the event benefits People Helping People. PHP is the primary provider of human and social services in mid Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit

About CTS

A pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry, CTS has improved the performance of more than 16,000 amateur and professional athletes since 2000. Founded by renowned coach and author Chris Carmichael and home to more than 40 full-time, professional coaches, CTS provides personal coaching, training camps, and Endurance Bucket List experiences to athletes of all ability levels. For more information, visit

About Figueroa Mountain Brewery

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. was founded by father and son team, Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer, in 2010.  With a passion for craft beer, they set out to pay homage to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with handcrafted beer and hand-drawn artwork depicting the local landscape on their labels. There are currently six taprooms along the Central Coast of California. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beer can be found in their taprooms or at select retailers and restaurants throughout California.  Learn more about @FigMtnBrew or where to find their beer at

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