Carlos Soto, a high-profile fixture in Santa Barbara’s road-racing bicycle scene, died suddenly this past week, prompting a quiet outpouring of support from the South Coast’s Lycra-clad, two-wheeled community, which held a well-attended memorial ride Monday night with another one scheduled this weekend. Soto, who appeared not to have aged any in the past 25 years, worked as a mechanic in numerous bike shops. He was described by several of his colleagues as the rider they most often saw heading in the opposite direction to other cyclists out on their own rides.


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