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The California Ride

General Information

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May 17-20, 2014 - New Route! 

Climate Ride California Wine Country 2014 is an exciting 4-day cycling adventure that begins in San Francisco, heads north to Marin and the spectacular Wine Country and on to California’s Capitol in Sacramento. Climate Ride California is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with people dedicated to supporting their favorite sustainability, active transportation, and environmental non-profits.

On this year’s new California ride, you’ll experience epic biking, amazing scenery, and dynamic speakers that all combine to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun. There are four days of riding and each one is a new adventure. You’ll pedal from the City by the Bay - San Francisco - across the Golden Gate Bridge and through California’s scenic Marin county. Then, turning east, we’ll pedal past quaint dairy farms and through historic Petaluma to our first camp of the trip.

The next two days are spent pedaling through the verdant vineyards of California’s classic Wine Country growing regions – Russian River Valley, Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and eventually into the famed Napa Valley, where we’ll spend a whole day on the Silverado Trail. That night we’ll camp in the rolling hills above Napa at an out-of-the-way campground with panoramic views. Then, it’s up and over the final hill, into collegiate and bike-friendly Davis (with a stop at the famous Bicycling Hall of Fame museum) and across the flat Central Valley to the iconic Capitol building in Sacramento.

Each evening, our evening series will provide information, opinion, and discussion on topics such as renewable energy, climate science, sustainability, and bicycle infrastructure. Our professional Climate Ride staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 50-80 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included when you reach your fundraising minimum. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable.

Climate Ride California Wine Country includes camping facilities (riders must bring their own tents and sleeping bags). To see everything that is included, visit the Climate Ride FAQ page!

If you would like to book hotels along the route, or bus service to and from the ride, please contact our partner Alpine Cycle Connection. Visit their website to learn more about the hotels and services offered.

Click the tabs above for more about each day. If you're ready to sign up and ride, click below to register!

Day Before the Ride

We will host a Registration and Welcome Reception for the evening of Friday, May 16 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Sports Basement Presidio, 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco. You can drop off your bike, fill out any last-minute paperwork and join us for our kick-off party. It’s your first chance to meet and network with other Climate Riders, so we highly recommend attending.

The next morning, Saturday, May 17th, the ride begins! The location for the Ride Start is the Sports Basement Presidio as well. You should arrive at the start location between 7 am and 8:15 am to drop off your luggage, prep your bike and pack snacks. Give yourself time to get organized before a mandatory 8:15 am safety talk. The ride officially starts at 9:00 am!

Day 1

54 MILES

Climate Ride's Wine Country adventure begins in San Francisco. We pedal north from the City by the Bay across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. We'll experience the Marin 'bike highway' as we ride through Sausalito, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur and San Anselmo, before heading out into the bucolic Nicasio Valley where we'll picnic at a local cheese factory and shop. After lunch, we'll pedal on into downtown Petaluma to visit a pie shop, the historic Petaluma Adobe and the Lagunitas Brewery Taproom before reaching our camp for the night.

If you would like to book hotels along the route, or bus service to and from the ride, please contact our partner Alpine Cycle Connection. Visit their website to learn more about the hotels and services offered.

Day 2

64 MILES

After a hearty hot breakfast, we’ll start out riding through apple orchards and cross the Russian River into the Dry Creek wine-growing region. We'll stop at a sustainable winery with an opportunity to taste and buy wine (to be transported by our rockin' staff!). Then, we'll enjoy lunch just outside of Healdsburg on the banks of the Russian River. Following lunch, we'll continue our adventure into the quiet Alexander Valley known for their exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon wines and sustainable practices. After a brief afternoon water stop at the historic Jimtown Store, we’ll pedal on quaint roads lined with moss-covered oaks to the hills above Calistoga where we’ll stay in basic cabins (sleeping bag required) at a fully-equipped retreat center (complete with a zip line!). Camping is not allowed at this lovely spot, so basic cabins are provided (with bunks) for all riders. 

If you would like to book hotels along the route, or bus service to and from the ride, please contact our partner Alpine Cycle Connection. Visit their website to learn more about the hotels and services offered.

Day 3

51 MILES

Day three’s morning route takes us down into Napa Valley, with an optional stop at a real geyser, and into historic Calistoga to visit an organic coffee shop. From there, we’ll ride along the famed Silverado Trail, a road famous for epic cycling in the heart of the verdant Napa Valley.  We’ll enjoy a full day of pedaling in the Wine Country and take rests at water/snack stops by the vineyards. In the afternoon, we’ll stop into the quaint town of Yountville before finishing the final leg to our camp in the hills above the town of Napa. 

If you would like to book hotels along the route, or bus service to and from the ride, please contact our partner Alpine Cycle Connection. Visit their website to learn more about the hotels and services offered.

Day 4

78 MILES 

After two days of crossing coastal ranges, we head east over one last hill before descending into California’s (flat!) Central Valley. We descend past farms and fields to UC Davis where we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. From there, it’s 16 miles to Sacramento, where we’ll all gather before pedaling together to the State Capitol. Here at the Capitol building, we will celebrate our successful ride and our contribution in helping our beneficiaries work toward sustainability, green innovation, and renewable energy. After a speaking event on the Capitol grounds, we’ll head to a local park where you can pick up your luggage and gear.

After the ride, an optional shuttle from Sacramento to San Francisco is available through our partner Alpine Cycle Connection. If you would like a hotel in San Francisco that night, you may book it through Alpine Cycle Connection. If you would like to stay in Sacramento and meet with your local representative the next day, you may book a hotel in Sacramento with Alpine Cycle Connection. After Advocacy Day, there will be another optional shuttle from Sacramento to San Francisco. Visit their website to learn more about the hotels and services offered.