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Wine country rides(6 posts)

Wine country ridesJakle
Mar 12, 2003 9:44 AM
I am planning on being in the California Wine Country in July. I think I will have about 4 days of riding. Can someone reccommend four must do rides in that area. I would like to visit a few vinyards and stay at maybe two different places.

Thanks for any help,

Jonathan
Santa Rosa Cycle Club's Sonoma Co. recommended rides...Lon Norder
Mar 12, 2003 10:00 AM
http://www.srcc.com/10_rides.html

Lots of wineries in the Santa Rosa area. You can also ride over the hills to Napa Valley.
Which country?mohair_chair
Mar 12, 2003 10:13 AM
"California Wine Country" could refer to a lot of regions, but I'll guess you mean either Napa or Sonoma. I've ridden quite a bit in Napa, but can't help you with Sonoma.

First of all, it will be hot. Very hot, and probably windy, too. Plan for it. The wind generally comes out the south, and it can be relentless.

One of my favorite rides in Napa is from Silverado (Hwy 121), up Hwy 128 to Chiles Pope Valley Road, then out to the Pope Valley. Go back over Ink Grade (one of my favorite climbs) and back to Silverado. There is only one store on this ride, in Pope Valley, so make sure you stop there to refill. On a typically hot day, you will cook if you don't stay hydrated. http://www.pashnit.com/roads/cal/ChilesValley.htm

Another good loop is to ride up Mt. Veeder, descend the other side, and come back along Dry Creek Road. That'll get you maybe 20-30 miles, so you might want to mix in something else.

A good out and back climb you can do from the town of Napa is Atlas Peak Road. Find your way to the Silverado Country Club and it's right there. It goes up through some cool terrain--very volcanic. And you'll go by the pet cemetary that was featured in the great film "Gates of Heaven." http://www.chicagosuntimes.com/ebert/greatmovies/gates.html

The local club is the Eagle Cycling Club. Check them out. http://www.eaglecyclingclub.org/
re: Wine country ridesukiahb
Mar 12, 2003 10:52 AM
lots of club rides in the area too, w/ SRCC and other clubs, many are listed at http://www.bikecal.com/
re: Wine country ridesPhatMatt
Mar 12, 2003 12:14 PM
A couple of my riding buddies adn I did this kind of. We only had an overnighter so we just rented bikes form a local shop and road from calastoga down the main highway and back. Take a little bread or something to munch on if you are doing tasting. We stayed at a great little spa called nRoman Spa(http://www.tales.com/RomanSpa/ )in Calistoga. Looking to return with my own bike someday and riding a lot more places.

Matt
re: Wine country ridesMrCelloBoy
Mar 12, 2003 2:54 PM
Chalk Hill-Healdsburg-Westside Rd. is a must do.
Contact me via E-mail and I'll give you more details. I can give you suggestions based on what you're seeking as far as hills, etc. I'm a SRCC member and many time ride leader

Maury@lowepro.com