Redwood Empire to San Francisco
MAY 22 – 26, 2016
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Climate Ride California is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California's historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Climate Ride California is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles - the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.
On the 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 five days of riding and each one is a new adventure. You’ll pedal under towering redwoods along Humboldt’s Avenue of the Giants, climb the infamous Leggett Hill on your way to spend two full days on California’s rugged North Coast, including a stop at the historic Point Arena Lighthouse, then take a spin through verdant wine-country vineyards on your way to the City by the Bay - San Francisco. Each evening, our speaker series will provide information, opinion, and discussion on topics such as renewable energy, climate science, and bicycle infrastructure.
Our professional Climate Ride volunteer staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 40-60 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.
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Day 1 – 61 Miles
Climate Ride's Pacific adventure begins in the heart of Northern California's Redwood Empire. We pedal south from ‘The Friendly City' Fortuna and turn our tires toward the towering redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Once in the park, we ride past the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world, and eat a picnic lunch in their massive shadows. After lunch, we pass through several small northern California towns that once boomed in the heyday of the northwest's logging era. Tonight we camp nestled under a soaring canopy of hundred-foot tall redwoods.
Day 2 – 66 Miles
This morning brings more redwoods and stunning vistas of the surrounding Northern California countryside before we tackle the famous Leggett Hill, with a stout climb of 1400 feet. Once at the top, we catch the views before descending through manzanitas and moss-covered oaks to the spectacular coastline, dotted with sea stacks and sparkling azure lagoons. We continue along the rugged ribbon of Highway 1 to the coastal town of Ft. Bragg, where an afternoon beverage and tasty treats await. A few more quick miles and we arrive at our campsite for the evening, still within earshot of crashing waves.
Day 3 – 65 Miles or 100 Miles
All day today, we wind along one of the most remote stretches of seaside highway in California. Small twists and turns in the road give way to dramatic vistas of the seemingly endless Pacific, with windswept beaches and twisted Cypress trees. We pedal past the scenic lighthouse at Point Arena and historic Fort Ross, through tiny seacoast villages, before turning inland at the mouth of the mighty Russian River where our camp for the night awaits.
If 65 miles is enough for you, you can hop in our shuttle at Stewarts Point and get a lift to camp. But if 100 miles is more your style, this is your day to go for a century! You choose which option is best for you.
Day 4 – 60 Miles
After two days along the coast, we head east to enjoy a taste of California's world renowned wine country. We depart Duncans Mills and ride inland as the redwoods thin out and wineries become more plentiful. Stop in for a tasting, or visit the charming, quaint town of Guerneville and with its boutiques and cafes. In the afternoon, we head back toward the coast over rolling hills to Tomales Bay, where quiet roads wind along the idyllic bay past oyster beds and seafood shacks. Our day ends at our campground home for the night, near Point Reyes Station.
Day 5 – ~40 Miles
We begin our last day with a hearty camp breakfast before making our way back to civilization. We pedal along the coast through the seaside town of Stinson Beach, before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Here we will celebrate our successful ride, and our contribution in helping our beneficiaries work toward sustainability, green innovation, and renewable energy.
Climate Ride California 2016 is a 4-night, 5-day camping trip along Northern California’s scenic coast. Imagine falling asleep under the stars beneath towering trees in your own tent after an amazing day of cycling. It’s the best! In camp, we take care of all the details so you’re free to relax and connect with other Climate Riders.
Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first aid station with 24/7 ice, a merchandise table, clean restrooms, massage (extra charge), and a great spot to set up your tent. Three of the camps on this ride have a general store with supplies, and several have laundry facilities.
Breakfasts and dinners are handled by an amazing team of local caterers. Think hot breakfasts with lots of options and coffee, and nourishing, tasty dinners with delicious desserts. Picnic lunches are prepared by our amazing food crew and include lunch meats, veggie options, salads, and all the fixings. Our morning snack table will have items to-go to keep you energized all day while riding. We’ll even have boiled red potatoes at the ride end – excellent for recovery! We reduce waste by using compostable items for our picnics and pack lunches, and for dinner, we use real plates & cutlery. The only thing we ask is that you help us by washing your own dishes – a small price to pay!
On Climate Ride California, camp becomes a travelling village and dynamic community. Each evening after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events. Camping in California doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!
Hotel Options During the Ride
Our travel partner Alpine Cycling Connection will offer an excellent hotel package during the week, if you’d rather not camp. You can opt-in for baggage service to and from their hotel throughout the week as a part of their overall package. ACC will have information soon on their website about hotel and shuttle options. Information will be available in early 2016 at https://alpinecycleconnection-instinctorg.presencehost.net/supported_rides/climate-ride-california.html.
The following information is provided to help you plan for your travel to and from Climate Ride California 2016. We recommend signing up for the official Climate Ride Shuttle the day before the ride on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
The Ride Start
California Climate Ride 2016 begins in Fortuna, CA on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 9 am. Please arrive in Fortuna ready to ride and with your luggage. If you plan to arrive on the morning of the ride start, please arrive no later than 8am to check in and register. Early Registration and bike drop-off will also be open from 4pm to 5:30pm on Saturday, May 21, at the Riverwalk Campground – the ride start location.
The majority of Climate Riders sign up to take the Climate Ride Shuttle from San Francisco to Fortuna the day before the ride start. Please keep reading below for more information about this option.
The Climate Ride Shuttle from San Francisco to Fortuna
A special Climate Ride Shuttle will be available from San Francisco to Fortuna on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The shuttle is a safe and efficient way to transport you, your luggage, and your bicycle to the ride start. Fortuna is about a 5-6-hour drive north of San Francisco and isn’t serviced by many transportation options, so this shuttle is probably your best bet to get to the ride start unless a friend or family member is willing to drive you. Plus, it’s a fun way to meet other Climate Riders and visit new places.
The Climate Ride Shuttle will be an additional cost (approximately $150 and includes bus transfer for you and your luggage to Fortuna, bike transportation and insurance on a special cargo truck, a relaxing stop at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, lunch, a Welcome Dinner in Fortuna, camping, and breakfast the morning of the ride start. All of these options will be available a la carte so you can pick and choose which options you’d like.
More information about pricing and reservations will be coming soon to our Online Store.
If you are taking the bus transfer up to Fortuna, we’ll have a single meeting place in San Francisco on the morning of May 21, 2016, where all Climate Riders will meet to shuttle up north. Registration will be open when you arrive, so check in with the Climate Ride team to register. The shuttle will depart at 9 am sharp from San Francisco. It’s about a 5-hour drive to Fortuna, with a 1.5 hour stop halfway at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland. More information about the exact location to meet in San Francisco is available in the Travel Planner that you’ll receive once you register.
Once we arrive in Fortuna, we’ll set up camp and then enjoy a welcome dinner nearby beginning at 7 pm. Friends and family are invited to attend the dinner. You can purchase extra dinner tickets in our Online Store.
Hotel Options in Fortuna and During the Week
If you’d like to stay at a hotel instead of camping the night before the ride start, we have a great solution for you! Alpine Cycle Connection (ACC) will provide accommodations booking services. Requests should be submitted through Alpine Cycle Connection’s website and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. NOTE: We recommend booking hotels early with Alpine Cycling Connection, as many hotels in Fortuna are already sold out for the night.
Also, ACC will also offer an excellent hotel package during the week, if you’d rather not camp. You can opt-in for baggage service to and from their hotel throughout the week as a part of their overall package. ACC will have information soon on their website about hotel and shuttle options. Information will be available in early 2016 at https://alpinecycleconnection-instinctorg.presencehost.net/supported_rides/climate-ride-california.html.
Getting to Fortuna on Your Own
If you are NOT choosing the Climate Ride pre-ride package & bus transfer from San Francisco:
BUS: The best option is the Climate Ride shuttle (see above). Should you prefer another option, a Greyhound bus is available from San Francisco to Eureka – the bus departs San Francisco at 3:30 pm and arrives in Eureka at 10:15 pm. Then, you’ll need to book transportation from Eureka to Fortuna (18 miles) – see Taxi and Airport Van information below. Greyhound costs range from $33 to $66 plus transport to Fortuna. For more information, please visit www.greyhound.com. You must contact them directly to see if they will allow bike boxes.
AMTRAK: You can take a train to Redding on Amtrak for about $80-85; the journey takes between 7 and 8 hours and gets in around 3am. We don't recommend this option because you’d then have to get from Redding to Fortuna, which is a 3-hour drive. From San Francisco, you would take a bus to Emeryville and board the train there. For more information about taking your bike on the train (costs between $5-10 extra), visit Amtrak’s website. For more information and train schedules, visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
FLYING TO ARCATA: The Eureka/Arcata Airport (Airport code ACV) is a regional airport located about 16 miles (20 minutes) north of Eureka, with direct flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Redding, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle and Salt Lake. It is currently served by Horizon Air and United. Transportation is available from the airport. Advance reservations are required. TAXI: Arcata-McKinleyville Yellow Cab (707) 839 4437, City Cab (707) 442 4551, Express Taxi (707) 442 0900 & Yellow Cab of Humboldt County (707) 445 1100. SHARED AIRPORT VANS: Door-to-Door Airporter offers shuttle vans from the Arcata Airport to Fortuna. Check the website or call them at 707-839-4186.
After the Ride in San Francisco
Climate Ride will end in San Francisco at approximately 5 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016. There, we’ll celebrate the end of the ride with a group photo, before packing up our luggage/gear and departing. We recommend not making flight arrangements from SFO before 8 pm.
Hotels in San Francisco
If you are spending the night in the City by the Bay, there are a variety of hotels in San Francisco. For accommodations, check out www.hotels.com; they often have rates well below those quoted on hotels' main websites. Most hotels are located downtown, so you may have to use public transportation or cabs to get from the trip end to your hotel.
Our travel partner Alpine Cycle Connection (ACC) will have great rooms available in San Francisco and includes hotel transportation after the ride end. Requests should be submitted through Alpine Cycle Connection’s website and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. ACC will have information soon on their website about hotel and shuttle options. Information will be available in early 2016 at https://alpinecycleconnection-instinctorg.presencehost.net/supported_rides/climate-ride-california.html.
Transporting Your Bike
Many first-time riders have questions about getting their bike to the event. While it may seem complicated, it's not. You have a few options for getting your bike to and from Climate Ride. The best option will depend on your itinerary, timing, and budget. Plan on spending a little time to research which option works best for you. Send us an email if you have questions that are not answered by the info below.
If you are taking the Climate Ride shuttle bus from San Francisco on Saturday, May 21, we'll have a truck that will transport your bike. You won't have to disassemble it. It will simply be loaded onto the truck. And don't worry, moving blankets will protect it.
Getting your Bike to San Francisco for the Climate Ride Shuttle:
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, just bring your bike with you to Registration.
If you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and are coming on the Climate Ride Shuttle, a very easy option would be to ship your bike directly to the Sports Basement Presidio store, and then pick it up the morning of the shuttle to Fortuna – Saturday, May 21. After you register in the parking lot, simply to go into the store and get your trusty steed for the ride! Once you retrieve your bike from Sports Basement, we’ll pack it up for you in one of our trucks and bring it to Fortuna. More information about this option can be found in the Travel Planner that you’ll receive once you register for the ride.
Thanks to Sports Basement for this great option!
Getting Your Bike to Fortuna
If you are not planning on taking the Climate Ride bus, here are some other options:
- Shipping: If you ship your boxed bike to Eureka or Fortuna you MUST have a receiving address. Your hotel might be willing to accept a package for you, but call ahead to be sure. Shipping costs may vary from $50- $100 depending on destination. Compare UPS and FedEx, as charges may vary widely.
- Flying with your bike (boxing required) -- If you fly with your bike, all airlines have handling fees for checking bikes, payable at the ticket counter. When making your airline reservations, please check the rate and any restrictions for checking your bike.
Disassembling and Boxing Your Bike
- Disassembly: If you need to ship your bike, most likely you will need to disassemble it. This means removing the pedals, seat, front and rear wheels, and handlebars, and deflating the tires. Each part should be wrapped separately in bubble wrap. You can do this yourself, or most bike shops will do it for you for a cost of approximately $50-80.
- Boxing: Most bike shops offer boxes, but you should reserve one early as they may be in demand. There is usually a small charge of about $10 for the box. We can transport cardboard bike boxes during Climate Ride for you to re-use at the end.