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Area Rides and Local Events

Check this page often for updated listings of all types of cycling events in and around our area. Rides require, at minimum, an appropriate bike in good working order, water, and a helmet. We suggest a spare tube, energy food, maybe a little cash in case we stop, and your biggest smile! Many rides are held subject to weather. It's a good idea to confirm dates, time and any specific requirements, too. We'll see you out there — and have fun!

Local Rides-The valley has the best riding in the world. Listed here are some of our favorite routes. Each of these originates from St. Helena Cyclery, so please feel free to stop in and say hello, ask questions, or let us know if there's anything we can do to make your ride more enjoyable. 


Taste the wine- There's no better way to check out our local wineries than on a bike. There are two options if you're looking for a nice twenty to twenty-five mile loop with access to some of the greatest wine on the planet. Ride south on silverado trail to Yountville and back or north to Calistoga and back. Don't forget your panniers or backpack, you'll need room for the wine. Need a bike? Don't forget to check our rental page for more information! 

This ride rolls along the Silverado Trail to the town of Yountville where you'll cross over to a frontage road for Hwy 29 (Solano Ave.) You'll ride almost to Napa before turning west into the vineyards along Orchard Ave. Once you come to Dry Creek Rd. you'll head north and begin a gradual and quiet climb up to the top of Oakville Grade. You'll make sure your brakes are in good shape for the descent down Oakville grade (it's a steep one!) Stop at the bottom of the hill at the Oakville Grocery for refreshments and head back to the Silverado Trail and make your way back to St. Helena.

This ride is similar to the "South Loop" with an extra 6.81 miles and a challenging accent up the infamous Mt. Veeder. This is a well known route for all locals in the area giving you the perfect amount of climbing as well as a moderate amount of flat riding. This ride starts off the same as the south loop, only it stays straight on Solano Ave. then a right onto Trower Ave, followed by a left onto Dry Creek Rd; with one more right on Redwood Ave where you will begin your accent up Mt. Veeder. (If in need of any energy, water, or tubes before heading up the mountain - be sure to stop by Bicycle Works. Located at 3335 Solano Ave  Napa, CA 94558(707) 253-7000).

Once you have made it up and over the mountain you can expect a screaming steep descent down Oakville Grade, (Make sure those brake pads aren't worn before going on this ride, you'll be needing them for this one!). Cut across the 29 and onto Oakville Cross Rd to get back on the Silverado Trail making your way back up to St Helena.

This is a rolling 30 mile ride up Silverado Trail and around Calistoga. This is a good ride to take in the country side and to take a break from the hills.

This loop follows the Easy Calistoga loop and up through Bennet Lane. You can access Franz Valley School Road either clockwise or counter clockwise.  This map leads you in a counter clockwise direction, up and over the Sonoma county line into Alexander Valley, then a left on Spencer.  Continue making left hand turns all the way back to Hwy 128, taking a right towards Calistoga. Continue South past Calistoga on Hwy128/29 on the Hwy, which has a very wide shoulder until you get to either Larkmead Lane or Bale Lane - where I would recommend crossing back to the Silverado trail. (Careful crossing back over the hwy)

This extra loop on Franz Valley School road is mostly shaded and beautiful quiet riding. The roads are a little rough but a very nice ride. Great for a hot day, since you'll have shade for part of the ride.  The Franz Valley School hill is a bit challenging but short, so everyone at every skill level should be able to make it without a problem.


 

LOCAL WEEKLY RIDE INFO:

If you are interested in riding weekends with a local St. Helena cycling contingent, please contact: 

Frank Saldivar (frank@teambuiltinc.com) to be added to the email list to receive notification of rides/routes. Rides are determined weekly and are weather permitting. All welcome.


Saturdays 

9:00 a.m. Variable route, 30-40 miles – Level 2 

This ride does not always take place. Please call to confirm ride. Meet at Browns Valley Market, 3263 Browns Valley Road. No drop policy. For more information, contact Cheryl Korte at 707-265-0456


9:00 a.m. Semi-variable route, 20-50+ miles, Level 2-2.5 

Not an official club ride, but a regular ride in which many club members participate.
Ride starts with Bob’s Wednesday ride loop through Carneros. At 
Stanley Lane, the group breaks into smaller groups for further riding. Meet at Azurro, at the corner of Main and Clinton Streets.


Sundays 

9:00 a.m. Variable route, 50-80 miles -Level 2.5-3 

Meet at Dwight Murray Plaza, at the missing clock tower, on First between Main and Coombs. This ride leaves promptly at 9:10 a.m. For more information, call Mark Lucas at 707-224-8873 or Tim Thulin at 707-255-8931.


10:00 a.m. Variable Route, occasional field trips, 30-60 miles -Level 2 

 Meet at Bicycle Works, 3335 Solano Avenue. No drop policy. For more information, contact Cheryl Korte at 707-265-0456, or Jim Fitch or Genny Fox at 707-226-5038


Wednesdays 

6:30 a.m. 20 miles – Level 1 

Wakeup ride around Carneros. Meet at Fuller Park. Bring front and rear light. Contact or text Gabby Gonzalez at 707-815-7436 to let her know you are coming. 


8:00 a.m. 50-60 miles – Level 2 

This ride does not always take place. Please call to confirm ride. A challenging ride with significant (5,000 feet +) climbing. Meet at Dwight Murray Plaza, at the infamous missing clock tower, on First, between Main and Coombs. You can also meet the ride at the intersection of Atlas Peak Rd and Westgate Drive, at 9:00 a.m., sharp. The ride will take in three significant climbs, beginning with Atlas Peak, with grades up to 20%. The exact route will depend on weather. There will be a few short regrouping stops lasting approx. 10 minutes. Contact Gabby Gonzalez at 707-815-7436 to be sure this ride is going to happen, and for more information. 


8:30 a.m. 20 miles -Level 1.5-2 

SHARP! A leisurely two hour ride in the Carneros district. This is a no-drop ride, which regroups regularly, and usually takes a group photo at the “Pigs 4 Sale” sign. Meet at Dwight Murray Plaza, at the infamous missing clock tower, on First between Main and Coombs. Refreshments at the Model Bakery afterwards. Rain cancels. For more information, call Bob Hillhouse at 707-253-7000 or 707-252-1246. 


5:00 p.m. 21 miles – Level 2-3 

The classic clockwise Mt. Veeder loop. Meet at the corner of Browns Valley Road and Redwood Road. Go over Mt. Veeder and return via Dry Creek Road. Optional return with the 6:00 p.m. counter-clockwise ride. No Leader. 


6:00 p.m. Variable Route, 20-25 miles – Level 2 

Usually a counter-clockwise Mt. Veeder loop, going out on Dry Creek Rd., and returning on Redwood Rd. Meet at Bicycle Works. Bring lights in the winter. This is a no drop ride, for all levels. For more information, call Dave Pruett at Bicycle Works, 707-253-7000.


Fridays 

6:30 a.m. 20 miles – Level 1 

Wakeup ride around Carneros. Meet at Fuller Park. Bring front and rear light. Contact or text Gabby Gonzalez at 707-815-7436 to let her know you are coming. 


6:00 p.m. Mountain Biking 

Meet at Bicycle Works at 5:45 p.m. Group leaves (driving) at 6:00 for location just decided upon, often in the Angwin area. Bring lights all year , since this ride often finishes in the dark. For more information, contact Dave Pruett at Bicycle Works, 707-253-7000.

 

For the upcoming season’s century rides, see: 

http://www.bikecal.com/asp/century-result.asp

http://www.bbcnet.com/RideCalendar/default.aspx


 

Eagle Cycling Club

The Eagle Cycling Club provides cyclists with a variety of riding experiences. ECC members can be seen on the road, in the hills, on tandems, on recumbants and often pulling kids in trailers. Their mission is to help the community by promoting safe bicycle riding, having members on Bicycle Advisory Committee, Napa Bicycle Coalition and sponsoring an Adopt a Highway cleanup section on Silverado Trail.