The average daily mileage is about 40 miles, with options for riding more or less than that.
While this a spectacular wine region, our tour focuses on the equally spectacular cycling. We recommend tasting at your leisure in Healdsburg after the daily rides. There are several tasting rooms within walking distance of our hotel in Healdsburg, and there is ample time after cycling to visit them on your own. But if you are looking for a wine tour with some casual cycling, this is not the tour for you. All of our tours are designed for active cyclists.
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.
Nobody goes hungry on 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, and beverages. The only thing that isn't included is alcohol. The only exception to the full menu is when a restaurant has prepared a special dinner for us.
We meet for breakfast every morning of the trip. Breakfast will be either continental style or made to order.
Your guides will meet you at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco at 8:30 am on the morning of the trip. If you are driving and wish to leave your vehicle, please contact the office for determining the best option.
Airport shuttles are available to the hotel, or taxis or Uber are plentiful in the area.
The trip ends at the Bodega Bay Lodge on the final day. We will transfer cyclists and their luggage from the Bodega Bay Lodge back to Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, at approximately 1:30 pm.
Cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling socks, cycling shoes, gloves, helmet, 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.
I was looking for a challenging cycle tour and UDC really delivered. Each of the daily routes were expertly planned to cover classic climbs up (and down) the major grades of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The scenery was often spectacular. The remote locales we traversed contrasted with the very civilized, superb lodgings and eateries awaiting us. Our guide, Michael Sojka, was attentive, helpful and personable. UDC's attention to detail is impressive.
TripAdvisor August 2012