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California Wine Country

$4,950

Napa might be more famous, but when it comes to cycling, neighboring Sonoma is the favorite amongst those in the know. Located just 60 minutes North of the Golden Gate Bridge, the charming village of Healdsburg couldn’t seem farther away from the city, and it makes the perfect base for a visiting cyclist. The roads are quiet, the terrain offers everything you could want for a bike trip, and there are so many route options that you’ll always find something new to explore.

For this wine country adventure, we’ll explore the roads around Healdsburg and everyone’s end-of-the-season fitness will be put to the test. It won’t all be work though. The food on this trip promises to be a real highlight with an abundance of dishes inspired by quality, seasonal and local produce, and we’ll be washing it down with a fine selection of big California Cabs as well as  the local Pinots, Chardonnays and Zinfandels.

 

Included With Trip:

  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • 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:

4

Group Size:

8 – 14

Total Distance:

321km

Total Elevation:

3,948m

Longest Day:

Day 2. Sonoma Coast State Park. 106.3km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 2. Sonoma Coast State Park. 1,326m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

West Dry Creek Welcome Ride

Sonoma 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

Sonoma Coast State Park

Setting out south all the way to the coast until the Sonoma Coast State Park, this promises to be a flat first half. But as we turn inland on our way back to Healdsburg, we'll have the main climb of the day to Creekside, the Coleman Valley Climb with an average of 6%.
3

Lake Sonoma

Today we ride north along the many beautiful wineries that Sonoma is famous for until we reach the Lake Sonoma Recreation Area. From there it's all the way up to Rockpile, the main climb of the day. Then it's all the way down back to our home in Healdsburg.
4

Franz Valley Road

On our last day of riding, it's all up and down throughout the almost 100kms. We'll pass by all the incredible wineries in the Santa Rosa area, so expect beautiful views. We're also going to ride pass Safari West, a 400-acre wildlife preserve.
5

Departure

This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations.

YOUR Guides

Eros Poli

The Champion

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day's stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.

Sérgio Paulinho

After an impressive pro career that started back in 2003, Sérgio Paulinho joined the inGamba team at the start of 2022 after his retirement. But we've known him for a long time, as not only did he race against our founder João Correia, but he was also a teammate of our star guide Manuel Cardoso back in the day. A two-time national champion in Portugal, Sérgio has also won stages at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, and in 2004, he won a silver medal in the road race at the Athens Olympics. So it's fair to say the man has pedigree! It isn't the racing victories that impress us most about Sérgio though, it's his personality, his friendly nature on and off the bike, and the fact that he's always ready with a smile. That said, if you find yourself running out of gas on a big climb, it certainly helps to have someone like him beside you!

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030