There’s nothing better than starting off with one of the most spectacular day rides in the country! The 53-mile day begins in San Francisco at the Sports Basement Presidio at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 17. From there, we’ll soak in delightful views of the Pacific Ocean and the iconic Marin Headlands as we pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. Passing through the villages of Mill Valley, Larkspur, San Anselmo, and Fairfax, we’ll head north into the bucolic Nicasio Valley with its rolling green hills and dairy farms. It’s classic Northern California riding!
From here on, it’s all about getting local and seeing the best that Northern California’s quaint towns have to offer. As bike riders, we’re just the kind of visitors they love! For lunch, we’ll enjoy a freshly made picnic at Marin French Cheese Company’s picnic grounds. Feel free to browse in their shop and taste their extraordinary cheeses.
After refueling, we’ll climb a few more hills before descending into historic downtown Petaluma and Petaluma Pies – one of the best pie shops in the country with both sweet and savory selections.
From there, it’s about 6 miles to our next water stop – the Petaluma Adobe – one of California’s historic hidden gems. The huge adobe building, the largest private rancho in California between 1834 and 1846, was the center of activity on one of the most prosperous private estates established during the Mexican period, before California became a state in 1850.
The ride culminates six miles later at the Lagunitas Brewing Company Taproom in Petaluma, where we’ll enjoy a refreshing post-ride sustainable beverage in their beer garden. All in all, it’ll be a great Saturday with more than 150 new friends dedicated to bicycles and and pedaling for the planet!
If you’re interested in joining us in California Wine Country from May 17-20, for four incredible days of riding, register today!