California Riding 2017

Outside Magazine rates Northern California' Road Riding


Outside Magazine rates Northern California' Road Riding "..........nowhere beats Northern California for quality, variety, or sheer volume of road rides."

In 2015 we discovered great rides in Marin County and Lake Tahoe and will combine these with rides in Sonoma County and finish with Levi's Granfondo - the No the No 1 rated Granfondo in the USA

In Marin County we will ride loops based out of the Mill Valley Fairfax area up and along the West Ridge Blvd, into the Alpine Lakes and to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.

Moving inland we will discover the deep blue of the Sierras - Lake Tahoe and circumnavigate the lake from our base.  Back at the coast the riding will be once again along the skyline ridge tops of King ridge Road and the Pacfic Hiighway on the coast

 

In Somoma County
King Ridge Road

It may be in Sonoma, but King Ridge isn’t a leisurely wine-sipping route. Some of the world's top cycling teams make the pilgrimage to train on this narrow, snaking strip of pavement, which rolls through wildflower meadows and redwood stands and offers open views of the Pacific. The most popular century route starts outside of Santa Rosa and meanders into Occidental before turning north on the Cazadero Highway, tracing Austin Creek until it meets King Ridge. From there, the route plummets down to Highway 1, turning south and then east.

Geysers Road
The loop around Geysers Road—or simply “The Geysers,” as locals refer to it—is one of the best and most classic of all Sonoma County rides. It is very challenging and very remote, so it is recommended only for fit, self-sufficient riders. The climbs are at times very steep; it can be brutally hot in the warm season, and there is no source of water all around the back-country side of the loop. Plan accordingly.

While the ride becomes remote and a bit of a walk on the wild side later on, it begins quite tamely, with a run north from Geyserville along flat and rolling roads next to busy Hwy 101. The proximity to the freeway detracts slightly from the ambience along this section, but it is still nice riding through the vineyards at the north end of Alexander Valley, and with 99% of the traffic on the highway, our road will be nearly traffic-free.