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cycling trip Classic California

Dates: tbd

(8 days, 7 nights; Sun-Fri)

Assembly Point: Calistoga, CA

(airline service to San Francisco, Timberline van shuttle to and from Calistoga area following the tour)

Pickup time: airport 1pm or hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: - 6 pm

Tour Cost:

(includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, van shuttles, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $

If you intereste is a concentional, leasurly tour of the California Wine Country, don't waste anotehr moment with Classic California. Make no mistake, Classic California simply is not another in the vast array of traditional wine coutnry excursions that have been around forever.

We'll ride the rolling expanse of the Napa Valley and itno the Alexander and Anderson Valleys to the north. We'll also explore well beyond these valleys s we climb to the summit of the Coals Rnage on our way to the magnificent Pacific shoreline at Mendocino. We'll continue south along the Mendocino and Sonoma Coasts to Bodgega Bay and Sausalito and its this marriage of wine country and coast that creates the extraordinary experience that is Classic California.

Day 1 we'll assemble and van shuttle to Calistoga, where we'll do bike fittings end explore and have our Orientationa Dinner. Day 2 we'll ride the gentle Silverado Trail as it winds through the heart of Napa Valley's wine country. Along the way, we'll visit the prolific vineyards and grand estates of some of the worlds most renowned wineries. Following an overnight in Cloverdale, we'll challenge California's Coastal Range as we head for the sea and Mendocino. We'll spend the next two nights in Mendocino, with a layover day in this lively coastal village.

During our final three days, we'll ride the spectacular coast the way it shoud be cycled - with the prevailing wind at our back and surf almost always in view. Our evening in Gualala and then on to Bodega Bay for our final night. Rest us as we finish the tour with an epic day of riding. Perhaps we've saved our greatest adventure for our final day. Rather than turning inland on Day 8 for a somewhat uneventful ride to one of a variety of locations, we've opted for a more heroic finish. From Bodega Bay, we'll continue south along the rugges coast through Tomales, Point Reyes and Stinson Beach, a ride that offers several incredible ocan vistas. Ultimately, we're headed for Sausalito, or if you just can't get enough, on toward the Golden Gate Bridge where our program concludes.

Itinerary

Pre-tour Arrive, assembly, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner  
Day 1 Calistoga - Ride Silverado Trail 37
Day 2 Calistoga - Alexander Valley - Cloverdale 35
Day 3 Cloverdale - California's Coastal Range to Mendocino 65
Day 4 Mendocino - Layover Day (optional hike to the Falls in Russian Gulch State Park)  
Day 5 Mendocino - Ride the Coast to Gualala 50
Day 6 Gualala - Bodega Bay 50
Day 7 Bodgega Bay - Tomales, Point Reyes and Stinson Beach - Sausalito (optional ride across The Golden Gate Bridge) 62 - 80

Total cycling milesage: 299 - 317

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.