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Sonoma Wine Country; credit: Visit California/Robert Holmes

US - Sonoma County Wine Country Road Cycling

from US$1,279

This tour is currently on hold until all the damage from the fires is known and we can reassess with our local partners. Please give to the Red Cross to support the local people who have been impacted so greatly by this disaster. Sonoma is synonymous with wine, and according ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Road Cycling
  • Availability
    May through October
  • Duration
    5 Nights / 6 Days
  • Distance
    25-65 miles per day; short and long options

Day 1 – Arrival and Orientation. Ride to Sebastopol

Day 1 – Arrival and Orientation in Rohnert Park, Ride to Sebastopol. Arrive by 12:00pm/noon to have a lunch and do orientation. Meet our local expert this afternoon in the lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park, CA to review in detail your Route Book and reservations. After getting to know you, they may suggest some customized rides or activities to enhance your week. Next they will provide a brief bike fit and you can hit the road! Your luggage will be transferred by our staff member to your hotel for tonight in Sebastopol. It will be waiting for you when you arrive on your bike.

Arriving in Rohnert Park is easy with the Sonoma County Airport Express from SFO; ask us for information.

Distance (Short): 12.7 miles Elevation: +394 / -387 ft Max Grade: 6.8%
Distance (Long): 24.8 miles Elevation: +1350 / -1350 ft Max Grade: 8.4%

Sebastopol Inn


Sebastopol CA

Sebastopol Inn

The Sebastopol Inn, in Sonoma’s Wine country, is the ideal accommodation not only for the romantic wine country getaway, but also for a family vacation, with wine tasting, hot air ballooning, Russian River canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, zip line, Safari West park with live animals and superb antiquing at your doorstep, this inn, tucked behind the historic Gravenstein train station, offers a central location to explore all that is wine country in Sonoma County. The Sebastopol Inn will take you back to small town America during a simpler and friendlier time. Enjoy our inviting garden courtyard with fountain, relax on our large veranda style porches and take in the peaceful scenery. Our Courtyard Rooms, and Private Balcony & Patio rooms offer you affordable elegance and superior amenities. Our warm and spacious rooms give you the feel of a B&B, but with the comfort and privacy of a boutique hotel.

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Day 2 – Sebastopol loop ride

Today is a day of options. There’s so much to see and experience from the saddle on your first full day of riding. Check out the mileage, elevation, and points of interest and pick the ride that suites you most!

Ride 1 - Sweetwater, Mays, Green Valley 46 mi / 2800’ - Sweetwater Springs is a local favorite. It connects Dry Creek Valley to the Russian River Valley. Sweetwater Springs has two climbs and one section of the second has grades up to about 16%, but only briefly. The initial descent into the Russian River Valley is pretty technical but the road surface is very good, much better than the part you climbed on. The Russian River Valley area is the best place to look at redwood trees. A short detour on this route would take you to Armstrong Redwoods, and admission for bicycles is free. Guerneville is a great place to take a break at Coffee Bazaar. The next two climbs, Mays and Green Valley are separated by a section on 116. Moderate traffic level and no shoulder on this section of road.

Ride 2 – Sebastopol Bodega Bay 41mi./4,500' – Another local favorite this short-ish ride has plenty of punchy climbs, technical descents and the occasional flatter roads. You may see no more than 5 cars on Bay Hill and Coleman Valley Roads combined, giving you some solid mileage on quiet, scenic roads.

Ride 3 – Sebastopol Marshall Loop 74mi./5,000' - This longer route extends to the south onto the famed Pacific Coast Highway. After about 5 miles adjacent to Tomales Bay (home of the San Andreas fault) you turn inland and climb the Marshall Wall. A lot of beautiful country roads await you here. The ride along Tomales Bay is really beautiful but it's a workout because you’re either climbing or descending with and without technical cornering. It takes constant effort to keep a fast pace on this kind of terrain, a great ride for a confident cyclist.

Distance (1): 45.9 miles Elevation: +2859 / -2858 ft Max Grade: 13.8%
Distance (2): 41.5 miles Elevation: +4786 / -4792 ft Max Grade: 13.6%
Distance (3): 73.6 miles Elevation: +4893 / -5008 ft Max Grade: 10.9%

Sebastopol Inn


Sebastopol CA

Sebastopol Inn

The Sebastopol Inn, in Sonoma’s Wine country, is the ideal accommodation not only for the romantic wine country getaway, but also for a family vacation, with wine tasting, hot air ballooning, Russian River canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, zip line, Safari West park with live animals and superb antiquing at your doorstep, this inn, tucked behind the historic Gravenstein train station, offers a central location to explore all that is wine country in Sonoma County. The Sebastopol Inn will take you back to small town America during a simpler and friendlier time. Enjoy our inviting garden courtyard with fountain, relax on our large veranda style porches and take in the peaceful scenery. Our Courtyard Rooms, and Private Balcony & Patio rooms offer you affordable elegance and superior amenities. Our warm and spacious rooms give you the feel of a B&B, but with the comfort and privacy of a boutique hotel.

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Sonoma Wine Country; credit: CA Travel & Tourism/Visit California

Sonoma Wine Country; credit: CA Travel & Tourism/Visit California

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Day 3 – Sebastopol to Glen Ellan

Leave your bags with the front desk this morning and hit the road to your next destination in Glen Ellen, CA. You will depart Sebastopol and gradually work your way south and then east to the base of Sonoma Mountain. Very measured climbing begins on Roberts Road then becomes steeper as you approach the summit. Perched high on Sonoma Mountain with over 1400 pristine acres and 26 miles of trails to explore, Jack London State Park is an outdoor paradise with a rich, colorful, and well preserved history. The climb on London Ranch Road is mostly gradual and along this road is the famous Benziger Family Winery, known for its biodynamic farming practices and fascinating history. Over the top there is a short descent to Sonoma Mountain Road which will take you to the outskirts of Glen Ellen. Many sections of this mountain road are shaded by a forest canopy that’s punctuated by hillside vineyards and stunning view. Glen Ellen is a great location for an evening stroll to one of the several restaurants nearby.

Distance: 35.2 miles Elevation: +3501 / ‐ 3322ft Max Grade: 12.6%

Gaige House


Glen Ellen CA

Gaige House

Tucked into the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House feels like a secret hideaway. Of course, it's not really a secret; the Gaige House is regularly recommended in Michelin and other guides, and has been listed repeatedly in Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List of the top hotels in the world. As of June 1, 2012, Gaige House joined the prestigious Four Sisters Inns collection. An elegant blend of vintage and contemporary, the inn features 23 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms with a modern, Asian flair. The verdant, secluded setting along the Calabaza Creek includes an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and is accented with delightful surprises in hidden spots: a hammock shaded with ancient oaks, a miniature pagoda in a rock garden, a gurgling fountain. After a day of visiting nearby wineries, boutiques and art galleries, return to the Gaige House to indulge in luxurious spa services provided in our spa loft, in-room or outdoors in a peaceful and private cabana. All guests enjoy a complimentary, full breakfast every morning, and an afternoon wine and cheese reception.

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Day 4 – Glen Ellen to Healdsburg

Depart the quaint village of Glen Ellen for Healdsburg, CA and some really fantastic cycling. The route you will take is very rewarding. A short ride from your hotel will bring you to Cavedale Road which will be your climb for the day. This road gets very light traffic and the grade is mostly gradual with a couple of short punchy sections. After the summit there is a slight technical descent to Trinity road where you turn right and continue to Napa Valley. The trip north through Napa Valley follows the famous Silverado Trail all the way to Calistoga. World‐class vineyards and wineries line this scenic paradise and if you are looking for a location to take a break then this would be a great choice. Continuing north from here you leave Napa Valley and enter Knights Valley and Alexander Valley before arriving at your destination. Healdsburg is one of the jewels in wine‐country destinations. The restaurants are world‐class and evening walks are intoxicating. Enjoy!

Distance: 62.9 miles Elevation: +4006 / ‐ 4121ft Max Grade: 10.6%

Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza


Healdsburg CA

Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza

Built in 1901, this classic California inn has the best location in town, right on the historic Healdsburg Plaza. From summer concerts in the outdoor bandstand to antique fairs and holiday tree lightings, all of the town's best events take place right here, literally outside the door of this renovated hotel in Healdsburg. Guests are also surrounded by stylish shops, galleries, wine tasting rooms and superb restaurants. This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel in Healdsburg with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B in Healdsburg. The 12 spacious guestrooms at this Healdsburg hotel feature high ceilings, original moldings, fireplaces, bay windows or balconies, private baths...many with jetted spa tubs or antique claw foot tubs.

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Day 5 - Healdsburg Loop Ride

Relax and enjoy a second day in Healdsburg. Today is another day of options where you can choose the loop ride that suites you most. Check out the mileage, elevation, and points of interest before selecting your route.

Ride 1 – Pine Flat
This out‐and back is a popular road for those that want to school their climb. Since this road is a dead end, traffic is pretty light. The first part of the climb is pretty mild but the last bit hits 20%.

Ride 2 – Geysers
Geysers Road is a long stretch of remote back road. One of the best things about this road is that in 25 miles of riding you are likely to see no more than 5 cars. It's like having a private road. After the first two climbs you have a long gradual descent into a long and deep canyon. If you’re from an area where canyons are uncommon then this ride is a treat.

Ride 3 – Westside/Chalk Hill
Cycling is certainly not all about climbing; sometimes you just like to go fast and far. This loop is one of many variations of valley loops that take advantage of the flatter roads that also have minimal car traffic. Parts of these roads are used in various triathlon events and you can routinely see teams practicing here.

Distance (1): 37.3 miles Elevation: +3928 / ‐3928 ft Max Grade: 19.4%
Distance (2): 55.8 miles Elevation: +4252 / ‐4252 ft Max Grade: 13.6%
Distance (3): 54.2 miles Elevation: +1776 / ‐1776 ft Max Grade: 6.3%

Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza


Healdsburg CA

Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza

Built in 1901, this classic California inn has the best location in town, right on the historic Healdsburg Plaza. From summer concerts in the outdoor bandstand to antique fairs and holiday tree lightings, all of the town's best events take place right here, literally outside the door of this renovated hotel in Healdsburg. Guests are also surrounded by stylish shops, galleries, wine tasting rooms and superb restaurants. This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel in Healdsburg with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B in Healdsburg. The 12 spacious guestrooms at this Healdsburg hotel feature high ceilings, original moldings, fireplaces, bay windows or balconies, private baths...many with jetted spa tubs or antique claw foot tubs.

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Day 6 - Healdsburg to Rohnert Park and Travel Home

Your final ride from Healdsburg to Rohnert Park is fairly direct while also avoiding major traffic areas. South from town you will cross a historic bridge over the Russian River and then cruise along Old Redwood Highway and Starr Road. After you pass the town of Windsor the roads will be more rural with light traffic and rolling hills. Turning onto the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, this path is a popular east‐west corridor for cyclists wanting to avoid the urban Santa Rosa traffic. Getting through Santa Rosa is easy and then it’s a few short miles to Rohnert Park. Upon arrival at the DoubleTree Hotel you can collect your luggage and leave your rental bikes with the bellman. Safe travels to wherever the road takes you next!

Distance: 37.0 miles Elevation: + 1246 / ‐1252 ft Max Grade: 6.9%

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- Luggage transfers Day 1, 3, 5, 6
- Personal orientation on Day 1 with expert staff to go over your route book, bike set up and cover the days ahead
- 2 nights lodging in Healdsburg
- 2 nights lodging in Sebastopol
- 1 night lodging in Glen Ellen
- Breakfast daily Except Sebastopol (lunch and dinner on your own)
- Helmet, clipless pedals available upon request (with bike rental - supplemental)
- Detailed route book with maps, cue sheets, suggestions for stops, water, restaurants and more
- Pre-travel preparation via detailed trip packet
- Assistance in planning Pre- and post-trip travel
- Telephone support throughout the trip

NOT INCLUDED IN COST:

Bike Rental (Available see Bike Tab)
Personal insurance and expenses
Air transportation to and from San Francisco
Airport or hotel transfers to Rohnert Park

Lodging

Night 1‐2: Sebastopol Inn The Sebastopol Inn, in Sonoma’s Wine country, is the ideal accommodation not only for the romantic  wine country getaway, but also for a family vacation, with wine tasting, hot air ballooning, Russian River  canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, zip line, Safari West park with live animals and superb antiquing at  your doorstep, this inn, tucked behind the historic Gravenstein train station, offers a central location to  explore all that is wine country in Sonoma County. Breakfast included.
Night 3: Gaige House Tucked into the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House feels like a secret hideaway.  Of  course, it's not really a secret; the Gaige House is regularly recommended in Michelin and other guides,  and has been listed repeatedly in Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List of the top hotels in the world. As of  June 1, 2012, Gaige House joined the prestigious Four Sisters Inns collection. Breakfast included here.
Night 4‐5: Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza Built in 1901, this classic California inn has the best location in town, right on the historic Healdsburg  Plaza. From summer concerts in the outdoor bandstand to antique fairs and holiday tree lightings, all of  the town's best events take place right here, literally outside the door of this renovated hotel in  Healdsburg. Guests are also surrounded by stylish shops, galleries, wine tasting rooms and superb  restaurants.  
Prices
Self Guided Sonoma County Road Cycling Tour
Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 2 participants:
US$1419/person
Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:
US$1325person
Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 6 participants:
US$1279person
Single Supplement:
US$775

This self guided bicycle tour can depart any day of the week, lowest rates are for a Sunday-Friday trip, but we can go any date with supplements sometimes required. Hotel changes possible. Go any week from May 1 to October 31. Rates are based itinerary as shown. Customizing is possible for a fee.
High quality road bikes are not included with this tour price above. See details on bike options in the separate tab for Bikes & Gear.

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- self guided cycling allows freedom of dates, no minimum group size
- wine country and the best American wines for exploration
- top quality lodging, leading edge cuisine choices, fun and challenging cycling itineraries


Need to Know:
- Sept & Oct are very high seasons - space is most difficult ; best is May-June.
- November is a great time with fall colors
- Optional rides from moderate to challenging are for stronger riders
- you ride on your own each day, telephone support available to local personnel

Dates: May 1 - October 31. This is Self Guided Road Cycling Tour tour which offers freedom to travel any week with only the people in your party. Rates are from as few as 2 persons and go down with larger groups of 4 to 6 and more. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.
Level 3-4 with a few options on most days the rides are moderately hard to challenging; participants should be experienced road riders. The routes are through rolling countryside with some occasional steep climbs; wine country enthusiasts can enjoy the wines in various tasting rooms in the towns where you are lodged. This road tour is meant for people who want to ride longer routes and experience a challenge while still enjoying the sites and pleasures of this very bicycle friendly region. For cyclists seeking a more leisure trip, See our Napa Hybrid Tour.
Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
San Francisco add ons
Custom tours for groups
Contact us for help and information on arriving and departing and the best way to travel.  
 

Local Coordinator

This self guided trip is supported for Pure Adventures' travelers by our local expert Denver from his bike shop in Sebastopol. As our local expert, Denver is passionate for cycling and has ridden all the routes and many more you find on offer in our tours here. He is very service oriented and looking forward to bringing out the bikes and meeting you before you start out on your self-guided adventure! He is available by phone throughout the trip if any questions or problems arise. Remember, you have to know how to fix your own flats.

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US - Sonoma Country Wine Country Road Cycling
Bike rental options for this tour:

2015 Ridley Helium - $360 US for the duration of the tour.
The Helium is a high performance bike in all conditions offering control when riding this bike on rough roads. It’s lightweight package makes it ideal for serious climbing, the solid front end and tapered headtube makes it a confidence boosting descender and the geometry provides a “golidilocks-zone” of being super responsive without being at all twitchy. This bike is equipped with eleven-speed Shimano Ultegra components that have been upgraded with wider range gearing to help with our steep climbs. The wheel set has also been upgraded with a lightweight performance set.

Other road bike options:
2015 BH Quartz with Ultegra and disk brakes - available in small sizes only - $360 for 6 day rental

Bikes include: helmet and choice of pedals or you can bring your own pedals. Bike computer, saddle bag with flat tire tools, 2 bottle cages and bottles. Handle bar bag available too for maps and cue sheets or other small items. Currently, we do not include GPS units, but we can supply GPX files for the routes if you wish to bring your own GPS or smartphone with GPS enabled app.  

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