The Danish city of Solvang located just 15 miles from the ocean is one of five distinct communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. This old world community which was the setting for the movie Sideways, sports a distinctive architecture, including weather copper roofs and traditional windmills. Regional wines are featured in the city's dozen tasting rooms and the award winning bakeries are a treat to visit after a long day of training. Museums, inns, restaurants, and unique retail shops as well as the Mission Santa Ines established in 1804, are all ingredients that add up to make Solvang and it's backdrop a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
In the words of Bjarne Riis, Team CSC Director & 1996 Tour de France winner:
"I came to California in September, drove from San Diego to San Francisco to find locations for training. We passed here, and saw one of the nicest places in all of California, to be honest."
(2/14/06 Team CSC Press Conference, Solvang)