There are few places quite like Santa Barbara; nestled between the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean. Going into the last few months of our four years of school at UCSB, my buddies and I decided we wanted to showcase some of our favorites among the wide variety of riding options that we enjoyed.
In this first episode, Jimmy Lucchesi rides some of the remote backcountry trails that Santa Barbara has to offer. The backcountry holds the hidden singletrack gems of the area; driving over the hill to the trailhead is rewarded with solitude, natural singletrack, untouched beauty, and long descents.
We spent several days out shooting and making the most of some of our last rides on these trails. The first section was shot on Tequipas trail, which starts on the backside of the Santa Ynez Mountains and climbs all the way up to a spectacular panoramic viewpoint of the backcountry, town, and the ocean.
The second section of the video is Santa Cruz Trail, the downhill portion of the classic and epic Little Pine loop. A long fire road climb is rewarded with an incredible overlook and then some six miles of flowing singletrack back down the mountain.
Jimmy probably spent as much time on these trails as in class, so a sunrise in the mountains seemed like an appropriate situation to take graduation photos.
Next weeks' Episode 2 will feature Nelson Monge getting wild in the frontcountry, and all three of us sending it to the beach before graduation.
The classroom education was meaningful and greatly appreciated as we look towards the future, but mountain biking gave us the friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for reading, and to everyone in Santa Barbara that made it such a killer time.
Words, photos, and video by Satchel Cronk. @satchscratch