The daily short option averages about 35 miles, the "breakaway" options bring the average up to 47 miles.
Weather in Sonoma County is ideal for growing wine grapes: warm during the day and cool at night. Mornings tend to be cool and foggy, but the coastal fog usually lifts by midday. Fog can linger at the coast all day. High temperatures during Summer months average in the low 80s. Winter brings temperatures in the low 60s. The rainy season is from mid-November to mid-March.
When researching a trip, we seek out restaurants that serve healthy, fresh choices typical of California cooking. The Village Inn, our lodging for the duration of the tour, has a very good restaurant with menu choices typical of California. We will be having one dinner there.
Nobody goes hungry on one of our trips! One of the joys of riding several hours per day is getting to enjoy the dinner afterwards. We give you the choice of ordering anything on a restaurant's menu. Order appetizers, soup, salad, entree, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages. Please note - to ensure prompt service we sometimes order from a more limited menu. The only thing that isn't included is alcohol.
Continental breakfast is served at The Village Inn in the mornings.
We gather on Sunday at 9:00am in San Francisco, at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf. Cyclists arriving by car can leave their vehicles at the hotel for an additional daily fee. Conversely, guests can drive to Santa Rosa (where the trip begins) and leave their vehicles at the Sonoma County Airport ($10 daily parking fee). If guests choose to drive to Santa Rosa, we can assist you in retrieving your car on Day 1 for parking at our trip hotel, the Village Inn.
The trip officially ends in the mid-afternoon on Wednesday, at the Village Inn in Monte Rio. Our team vehicle is available to return cyclists to the Santa Rosa Airport or the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
It depends on how quickly everyone rides, but usually the last rider arrives at the finish between 2:30 and 3:00 PM.
Cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling socks, cycling shoes, gloves, helmet (required), wind jacket or vest, rain gear (jacket, pants, helmet cover, shoe covers), sunglasses. For colder weather: arm warmers, knee/leg warmers or tights, full fingered gloves, shoe covers, beanie.
Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, casual evening wear.
Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card.
If you still have questions, please take a look at our general Frequently Asked Questions page. It addresses questions that are common to all tours.
My wife and I chose the 3-day Wine Country and Sonoma Coast tour. I would highly recommend it for anyone that might enjoy a nice mix of road biking, wine tasting, and soaking in gorgeous terrain.
There were a total of eleven people on our tour, and we had two guides - Laura and Daryl - who were just great. They had all of the bikes ready to go each morning, and the bikes were set up based on the measurements that each person had sent in beforehand (based on their own bike from home). The bikes were super nice, full carbon.
Each morning we got together for breakfast, got route sheets and talked about the potential add-ons for those that wanted more mileage. You go at your own pace, so at times we were a group, and at other times folks or couples took off on their own. We'd re-group for a snack and also then for lunch. The highlight for me was the grueling Sweetwater climb on day 2. This was an optional segment; the others chose the flat route, so I got my own person guide (Daryl) on Sweetwater. I actually flatted prior to the climb. Probably could have fixed it myself with the tube and CO2 provided in my bag, but let Daryl handle it - what the heck, I'm on vacation!
Bottom line, the rides are beautiful - lots of redwoods, rolling vineyards, and shady creekside roads. The most beautiful stretch is the 10 miles of coastline on day 3. We will definitely be looking for another UDC Tour in the future.
TripAdvisor May 2013