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The Epic Ride 2014
The Epic Ride 2014

Ready for the ultimate challenge? Join us for six unforgettable days in some of the sweetest cycling terrain you’ll find anywhere in America. Long twisting climbs, glorious descents, undulating back roads and endless views of vineyards, redwood forests and crashing surf—the riding is unparalleled! And the thrill of pedaling classic sections of the Tour of California, Levi’s GranFondo and Highway 1 will keep you inspired all along the way. With your big effort come big rewards, like superb regional wines, craft beers and delicious local cuisine. On this one-of-a-kind epic adventure, it really is all about the ride!

Day 1 Soak up views of San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais as you pedal through Sausalito and Mill Valley Spinning out of Fairfax and up past Alpine Dam, you're met by some of Marin's finest scenery - endless rolling green hills, winding wooded roads, forest lakes and unrivaled vistas of the Pacific Ocean As the locals say, if you do one ride in Marin, this is it!

Day 2 Saddle up for epic cycling through the hills of Napa  Spin your way through the picturesque Carneros region before tackling the steepest descent in the valley - the Oakville Grade  Savor the dining delights in Yountville, considered the culinary mecca of the U.S.

Day 3 Today's ride through the Dry Creek Valley is as challenging as it is scenic, with sweeping views of vineyard-laced hills - and an all-you-can-eat buffet of quad-busting ascents on Spring Mountain Road and Geysers Road This evening, indulge in a spa treatment and show that lactic acid who's boss.

Day 4 Savor 100 miles and 10,000 feet of uphills through oak groves, coastal redwoods and seaside bluffs  If you're a fan of illustrious climbs, famed King Ridge Road may tempt you to relocate to Sonoma County! The ascent of famous Coleman Valley Road is an investment - the long curvy descent to Occidental is your reward.

Days 5-6 Point Reyes National Seashore offers mile upon mile of biking bliss  Pedal a classic: the steep roads and dramatic seascapes of Highway 1 await Point your wheels toward Point Reyes Station, a popular destination for local cyclists Your last day's ride is a short spin up into the Marin Headlands, highlighted by breathtaking views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean.


Trip Highlights
  • Pedal portions of the Tour of California, Levi's GranFondo and iconic Highway 1
  • Enjoy all the climbing and mileage you want in one of the country's premier cycling regions
  • Test your legs and lungs on long twisting hills, glorious descents and undulating back roads
  • Join special guests Bob Roll, cycling personality and commentator, and Tom Hale, Backroads Founder & President  
  • Find inspiration and celebrate your accomplishments with up to 20 like-minded cyclists
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Premiere Inns

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (1 night): This elegant mission-style hotel features one of the most celebrated spas in California. (pool, spa)

Villagio Inn & Spa (1 night): Set in the beautiful Napa Valley, this Italian-inspired hotel is a wonderful place to relax after a day of cycling. (pool, spa)

Hotel Healdsburg (1 night): A chic, modern hotel ideally located on Healdsburg's historic town plaza. (pool, spa)

Bodega Bay Lodge (1 night): Soak up grand views of the bay during your stay at this coastal retreat overlooking Doran Beach. (pool, spa)

Cavallo Point (1 night): Enjoy an unforgettable experience at this luxurious hotel - the former quarters of Fort Baker's military officers - nestled under the Golden Gate Bridge. (pool, spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 50* 5500 88 8000
2 46 2700 72 4500
3 55 4500 79 5500
98 9000
4 41 3400 65 6500
83 9000
100 10000
5 55* 4500 72 6500
6 11 1500
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 4/27-5/2 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $850 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.


Guest Trip Reviews

Imagine a week where you can hammer at your own pace the whole time. In this group of some 20 like-minded cyclists, you'll find someone that bikes at your speed, so you're certain to pedal in good company no matter how fast you're going. Or you can go off and do your own thing - no waiting or feeling guilty about jetting ahead. You'll encounter some vehicles in towns and on Highway 1, but much of our riding takes place on roads that even local drivers seldom travel. We think you'll be amazed by how off-the-beaten-path some of these routes feel. Hope to see you out there!
Riley Pearce - Regional Manager, California