Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2014’

Sonoma Cavedale Loop

Cavedale Road is a popular climb for cyclists. The grades are mostly moderate with a couple of short steep pitches. The road surface is among the worst you’ll find but for climbing it’s fine. You will be able to refill your water bottles at the Fire Station (where Cavedale intersects Trinity Road) Descending on Trinity Road offers a much better …

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Occidental, Bodega, Coleman Valley

Departing Occidental to the south, turn right just as you leave “town” onto Bittner Road. This and Joy Road will take you through some impressive Redwood forests. If you want to stop in Bodega Bay then you can turn left where Bay Hill meets Highway One, then the next right will take you to Roadhouse Coffee (or don’t turn right …

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Occidental, Russian River, Coleman Valley

Occidental sits at the top of The Bohemian Highway so either direction you take you will be going downhill. This route takes you north to the Russian River Valley. In Duncans Mills the Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery┬áis always a great spot to fit into a ride. The trip down Highway 1 offers some beautiful views but be sure to …

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Healdsburg – Pine Flat

Pinie Flat is one of the favorite climbs in the area. Most of the climb is pretty moderate but save some oomph for some steep pitches in the last three miles. The road is narrow and there is very little traffic on this road but use common sense on the descents – it’s best to assume that around every blind …

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Calistoga, Old Toll and Franz Valley

This ride is two easy loops patched together into one ride. Old Toll Road and Franz Valley School Roads are both have very light traffic. The descent down Highway 29 is a blast.

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Calistoga Ranch Lake Berryessa Loop

This is a nice long loop and the country is so beautiful that one doesn’t notice the climbing (as much). This area can get hot in the summer months but if you get out early then you will miss the afternoon heat. Spanish Flat is a good halfway stop for water. Traffic is light everywhere except Silverado Trail, where you …

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Calistoga Pope Valley Loop

Howell Mountain Road is a popular climb for cyclists. It has a moderate and consistent grade and there is very little traffic. Once past Angwin you are treated to a fast downhill on excellent pavement. Then the climb back over the hills to Napa Valley takes you up Ink Grade Road. This is another favorite for cyclists. Very remote and …

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