Wine Country

$3,450

Located just 60 minutes North of the Golden Gate Bridge, the charming and exquisite village of Healdsburg seems more than a world away. Napa might be the better known of the two side-by-side wine counties, but Sonoma is the favorite amongst bicycle enthusiast, and it is here where you will find Healdsburg. The roads are quiet, the terrain offers everything one could desire and there are so many ride options it is almost impossible to pick a favorite.

We’ve made the journey north to attend Levi’s Gran Fondo and Campovelo, we have ridden the glorious trails at Annandale State Park and now we are going take you for an end-of-the-season California wine country extravaganza. This will be the second time we have run a trip in Northern California’s wine country, the last time being a fall trip to Occidental. 

We will be exploring the roads to the North, South, East and West of Healdsburg. Everyone’s end of the season fitness will be put to the test on the climbs up Fort Ross and Coleman Valley, roads used for the very first stage of the 2012 Tour of California. We will also pedal long, rolling miles following the Russian River. Luckily, we also plan on feasting like kings and queens. And partaking of some big California Cabs, as well as sampling the local Pinots, Chardonnays and Zinfandels.

And if you think you already know all there is to know about riding in California, you don’t. We put our man Ted King on the job of making sure we hit all the classics this region has to offer, as well as tapping into his local knowledge for some undiscovered gems.

Included With Trip:

  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello F10 Disk with SRAM components and daily bike wash
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Lodging is not included in this trip. We have reserved rooms at h2hotel in Healdsburg for your convenience. 

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Healdsburg, CA

Finish Location:

Healdsburg, CA

Days Riding:

5

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

392.2km

Total Elevation:

4790m

Longest Day:

Day 4. Fort Ross. 131km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Pine Flat and Chalk Hill. 1,380m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

West Dry Creek Welcome Ride

Sonoma wine country can be enjoyed in a variety of ways and we’ll kick off the long weekend by pedaling adjacent to some of its best wineries weaving along its most scenic roads. Quickly making our way out to West Dry Creek Road, this strip of fresh tarmac weaves its way north and into quintessential Healdsburg riding. Turning east at Yoakim Bridge, we’ll then see the only climb of the day a gradual ascent to Geyserville and an easy roll back to our abode.
2

Geysers

The Grasshoppers are a fixture of Sonoma cycling. A series of mixed terrain rides-slash-races, now in their twentieth year they were well ahead of the trend when they started in the gravel scene. One of Ted’s first experiences with ‘hoppers was a close derivation of this Geysers route. Setting out north along Dry Creek Road, we’ll pass the popular Dry Creek General Store, onto Cloverdale, and then start the true adventure when we begin Geysers Road. The road snakes besides Big Sulphur Creek and Truitt Creek on a road that will see nary a car, before a few switchbacks have us crest Geysers Road and sweep downhill back into the Dry Creek Valley.
3

Pine Flat and Chalk Hill

Don’t be deceived by the name Pine Flat, a more accurate title name would be Pine Sinuous Mountain Climb Road. But don’t let that thwart you, this lonely strip of pavement offers a spectacular view its entire way skyward. An out and back, you’re free to call the climbing good for the day at any point and enjoy the descent to the valley. From there, we can opt for a 0.3 mile detour to the popular lunch spot, the Jimtown Store. Next we’re off to Chalk Hill Road, bursting with equal parts productive viticulture and photo worthy spots, it’s then a short way home from the town of Windsor.
4

Fort Ross

Anyone who comes home from riding in Sonoma will somewhere have collected “the fish was THIS big!” yarn that was spun somewhere along Fort Ross Road or the subsequent plunge down Meyers Grade. Setting off south along West Dry Creek Road, we’ll soon be dwarfed by towering redwoods pedaling towards the bohemian town of Cazadero. Mirroring the 2012 stage one from Tour of California, I had the pleasure of pulling the peloton along this stretch knowing that the elastic effect was ferocious to those behind. We went onto win this stage starting with a magnificent sixty mile leadout. From Cazadero, the road makes its way up thanks to a series of seemingly countless rollers along Fort Ross Road. At last we’ll emerge onto Meyers Grade where the smell of the ocean is met with one of the most quintessential descents in California. With options to take a flat route home again through the redwoods or continue south with a short, but abrupt assault of Coleman Valley Road, each option has a friendly final pedal back to Healdsburg.
5

Jimtown Store

A perfect summary of the past few days, the final shakeout ride sees only one very brief climb over Dutcher Creek Road. Descending into the petite town of Asti, we’ll parallel Russian River for most of the ride home with an optional coffee stop in Geyserville, at the famous Jimtown Store, or we will simply pedal back in Healdsburg to one of our favorite spots, the Flying Goat.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820