Staff Report

Registration is open for PHP’s eighth annual Wine Country Bike Trek, which will take place from Friday to Sunday, June 29 to July 1, with Midland School is Los Olivos as the home base.

Funds raised from the Bike Trek help to support People Helping People’s services for people who are in immediate financial crisis or have very limited means. They include a food distribution program, homelessness prevention and youth programs.

The Bike Trek includes a fully supported “ride at your own pace” 30- or 50-mile circuit on each of its three days. Participants can choose to ride on one, two or all three days and can choose the length of their ride each day.

“The Bike Trek is a ride that appeals to cyclists, including children, at every skill level. It covers both flat terrain and rolling hills, is well marked, and includes fully supported food and rest stops every 10 miles. There are even roving support vehicles,” said the ride’s coordinator, Erica Valdés.

The three-day ride begins in Solvang on Friday, ends at Midland School in Los Olivos, and includes the option of camping at Midland on Friday and Saturday nights.

“We even deliver the three-day riders’ camping gear to the Midland School campsite,” Valdes added.

On Saturday and Sunday, the rides start at Midland School each morning after a complimentary continental breakfast. All riders receive T-shirts and “swag bags” and are entertained with live music each night.

Dinners, including beer and wine, are provided on Friday and Saturday evenings along with live entertainment. There is also a farewell luncheon barbecue on Sunday prepared by the Buellton Rotary Club in Riverview Park in Buellton, where the Sunday ride ends.

To register, go to or call 805-686-0295.

For more information about PHP and the programs Bike Trek riders support, log onto