2016
Italian Alps - Dolomites
French Alps Traverse
Etape du Tour + Alps
2015
Annecy - Ventoux
Tour de Haut Corse
Velo, Vino, Ventoux
Northern California's Finest
Etape-du-Tour - Maurienne

8 days of NorCal's best riding

Redwood forest, Pacific coast, Sonoma Vineyards, Mt. Tam, Golden Gate Bridge

3 spots remaining

For 2015, we’re bringing DuckStore’s French-proven formula ‘stateside’ with this superb new trip designed to let cycling aficionados sample the very best of Northern California.

From days spent exploring some of the great riding this area offers while visiting family in San Francisco, I’ve carefully sculpted out this 6 day ‘bucket list’ trip that follows the prevailing winds out of the northwest to take in massive redwoods, Sonoma wine country, the Pacific Coast Highway, and Mt. Tamalpais before climaxing with a ride over San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge. 

It’s a diverse week cycling that seamlessly stich together breathtaking coastal, country and mountain vistas while ensuring you also take in most of the area’s ‘must-see’ experiences.

Covering 445 miles with 35,500’ of fantastic sinewy climbs, this trip provides a challenge for the legs, and a perpetual feast for the eyes and soul.  And because it’s sure to be fueled all the way by great local food and wine, you won’t want to miss this one – join me!
 

Trip facts


DATES Oct. 10-17, 2015   (8 days / 7 nights)

START-END Start: Arcata, California
End:  San Francisco, California
CITIES Arcata, Philipsville, Mendocino, Healdsburg, Bodega Bay, Inverness, San Francisco
RIDES Seven (7), Varied terrain (no ride last day)
DIFFICULTY Challenging:  For those capable of riding up and down long hills.
HIGHLIGHTS - Eel River                     - Pacific Coast
- Ave. of the Giants                               - Leggett Hill descent
- Russian River                                     - Golden Gate Bridge
- Healdsburg vineyards
- Tomales Bay                                       - Mount Tamalpais
LODGING  7 nights in small quality, bike friendly hotels.
MEALS Three daily meals included 
SUPPORT - Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
GROUP SIZE Limited to 12 riders
DISTANCE Total Trip: 445 miles / 35,500’ climbing / 16 passes
Avg. day 70-90 miles, 5000-8000 feet climbing
COST $2150 double occupancy, +$300 single occup.
$  275 Bike rental available

Itinerary

DAY BY DAY

DAY 1Saturday, October 10, 2015,
Arrival & Welcome Ride
After you arrive at Eureka airport we’ll whisk you to downtown Arcata and our historic hotel in an air-conditioned van.  We’ll greet you, help you put your bike together, and take a quick 53 km warm up ride heading north out of Arcata to the coastal town of Trinidad whose ocean bluffs, curtained behind ageless redwoods provide the perfect hors d’oeuvre to the week.  Then you’ll get to know your ride companions over dinner where we’ll certainly sample the delicious cheeses of this famous dairy farming area.
33 miles / 53 km / 492m climbing

DAY 2 Sunday, October 11
Avenue of the Giants
This morning we’ll head south and ride through the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park, weaving through a Redwood forest on super smooth tarmac to Phillipsville and home to California’s largest and oldest standing redwood trees.
69 miles / 111 km

DAY 3Monday, October 12
Farmlands and Coastlines
Today’s undulating route will test your climbing legs.  After a hearty breakfast among the Redwoods, we’ll head south out of Phillipsburg along country farmland roads. A big 600 m. climb at halfway and a detour through the famous ‘drive thru Chandelier Redwood tree’ are highlights of this super ride.  Heading towards the shore in NorCal often means a climb and we’ll tackle Leggett Hill and relish the long turning descent.  Then it’s a cruise along the Shoreline Highway to our stop for the night in the Coastal city of Mendocino.
88 miles / 142 km / 2,607 m climbing

DAY 4Tuesday, October 13
Sonoma Wine Country
An undulating route will take us inland to Healdsburg – the Gem of Sonoma Valley wine country - where organic locally grown produce and artisanal breads, wines and cheeses await as a reward. We’ll stop for lunch along the way and sample some of the great local wines.
85 miles / 138 km / 1,627m climbing

DAY 5 Wednesday, October 14

Sonoma Climbing and the PCH.

Today’s route takes in some of the route of Levi’s King Ridge Gran Fondo.  It starts with a ride through Redwoods to Cazedero before a challenging climb up a ridge to the old Russian Fur trading outpost at Fort Ross State Park.  A thrilling plunge to the Pacific Coast Highway sets us up for a final scenic cruise into the picturesque enclave of Bodega Bay, where Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ was filmed.

61 miles / 98 km / 1,447m climbing

DAY 6 Thursday, October 15
Tomales Bay and Pierce Point
A little more climbing to wake up the legs after breakfast, and then a flatter sightseeing cruise along Tomales bay to our destination for the night at Inverness.  For those with an appetite for more miles before dinner, there’s the option for an out-and-back extension through an Elk Reserve at the National Seashore at Pierce Point.
48 miles / 78 km / 1,105m climbing 
73 miles /118 km / 1,931m climbing (with Pierce Point extension)

DAY 7Friday, October 16
Mt. Tam and the Golden Gate Bridge
The trip’s grand finale takes us over two monuments. We’ll warm up riding south out of Inverness to the Bolinas lagoon before tackling the classic climb of Northern California cycling: Mt. Tamalpais.  We’ll ride the tougher side of course, 2,000 feet in 7 miles!  At the summit we’ll regroup and share panoramic views of San Francisco and Marin County before a magisterial descent to Golden Gate National Park and the final ‘victory ride’ over the Golden Gate Bridge. 
43 miles / 70 km / 1,218m climbing

DAY 8 Saturday, October 17
After a visit to San Francisco’s presidio or to check out the view from Pacific Heights it’s time to head to the SFO airport.  Great riding with you.  Of course you may want to stay over an additional night in this wonderful city.

 

Getting to Eureka/Aracata:

- United offers several flights per day able to carry bikes between Eureka and SFO

- DuckStore will be driving in a van to Arcata on teh afternoon of October 9th and can transport riders and tehir bikes leaving bike cases at arrival hotel in San Francisco.