Self-Guided, Multi-Day tours. Great for groups!
How does riding 50 to 70 miles through some of the most beautiful country in the world miles and arriving in a world-class destination sound to you? If you enjoy challenging bike rides on a high-end precision tuned road bike then we would like to prepare a tour for you. There are a couple of sample tours below but would be happy to arrange a custom tour. With any tour we shuttle your luggage for you and you have the option of hiring a guide and sag-support. We can customize a trip of any length. With any trip we would ideally meet with you prior to you getting back on the road and give you bikes a once-over.
The Vineyard Route:
Day 1 – 65miles and 5,000 feet of climbing
Your ride begins at the Sebastopol Bike Center and proceeds south and east to your first climb, Sonoma Mountain, and then into Sonoma Valley. After topping off your water bottles it’s time to head across the valley to your next climb over the Mayacamas Mountains and into Napa Valley. The climb to get you to the top of this mountain range is on Cavedale Road, one of the least trafficked roads in the area. The descent into Napa Valley will be on Oakville Grade Road, one of the best roads for descending. Once in the Valley you will cross to the east side and then follow The Silverado Trail through miles and miles of vineyards to your destination, Calistoga.
You will be spending the night in Calistoga. (The name of this town originates from the founder being tongue-tied while proclaiming it to be the Saratoga of California.) Located at the northern tip of Napa County it is a destination you will want to visit again. In fact you may want to alter your tour so that you can spend another day here for visiting some of the many wineries or hiking in the beautiful Palisades.
Day 2 – 72 miles and 3,000 feet of climbing
Heading north from Calistoga you will pass through Knights Valley and the southern half of Alexander Valley. At Geyserville you will turn west and then proceed south through Dry Creek Valley into the Russian River Valley.
The Coastal Route:
Day 1 – 55 miles and 4,500 feet of climbing
Leaving Sebastopol you will go through Occidental after climbing Harrison Grade. Next you will enjoy a descent into The Bohemian Highway into the Russian River Valley where you will head west to Duncan’s Mills. This is a great place to take on fuel and top off water bottles. After a flat ride to Cazadero the real climbing begins as you work your way up King Ridge Road. This is one of the favorite roads around here among cyclists. It provides miles and miles of remote and scenic cycling.
You will overnight at The Timber Cove located on a secluded and scenic section of the California coast. A great place to relax and “refuel” for the next days ride.
Day 2 – 66 miles and 6,000 feet of climbing
Heading south on the beautiful Highway One you will have non-stop ocean views. This highway is a roller-coaster of small climbs and descents. One of the most beautiful descents in the world happens just north of Jenner. Much of the California coast has this steep terrain and many of the roads that head inland up these steep hills are referred to as walls. Before you get to Bodega the route turns inland up Coleman Valley Road, or as locals would say, “the Coleman Valley Wall.” It’s not as bad as it sounds but you’ll still want to give yourself a pat on the back once you’ve climbed this. After descending into Occidental it may be a good time to top off water bottles and take on some fuel. After descending the Bohemian Highway the rest of the route takes you through an area of rolling hills before returning you to Sebastopol.
Average tour costs for the above examples are around $500 per person based on double occupancy, including a performance bicycle, luggage transport and one-night accommodation. Accommodations prior to or after the tour or additional nights during the tour are not included but can be added to customize your trip. Actual tour costs vary based on the level of accommodations selected. Tours are subject to availability.
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