Join David Snaith for a Friday, Veteran's Day adventure! We will be rolling from the San Rafael Civic Center SMART station to Santa Rosa, eating and drinking some good stuff before returning via the SMART train . We will get to start with the spectacular climb and descent on Lucas Valley Road in to Nicasio. Then we will continue out to Hicks Valley to climb Wilson Hill and through Chileno Valley. On to Tomales and Valley Ford to the beautiful Barnett Valley Road. From Sebastopol, we will ride the Joe Rodota paved Bike Trail all the way into Downtown Santa Rosa. Russian River Brewing Company will magically appear at the end of our epic journey. Known as the maker of a very limited release and much lauded triple IPA "Pliny the Younger"--named the best beer in the world by Beer Advocate, this mighty brewery restaurant serves Pliny the Elder all year around in addition to many tasty IPAs, sour beers, local craft beers and amazing pizzas + bites.
We hope to see you there!
Meet at 8:15 am at the Civic Center SMART Train station in San Rafael. Wheels roll at 8:30 am. Ride or drive to the start. There is plenty of free street parking near the station on McInnes Parkway and Merrydale Road.
Total distance: 67.6 miles
Pace : Moderate or brisk paced ride - likely two different groups
Regroups: regroups as needed to keep the group together.
Very Hilly Route with 4300 vertical feet of climbing, averaging 64 feet/mile
Climbing Difficulties include:
Big Rock 2.5 miles, 4.5% average grade
Wilson Hill 0.7 miles, 7.7% average grade
Bodega Highway from Freestone 1.2 miles, 4.4% average grade
Return from Santa Rosa via the SMART Train.
*The fare is $6.00 adult fare/$3.00 Seniors and disabled for travel between 4 zones
*Clipper card, Apple Pay and Smart E Ticket and other special Smart Rail pass
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*Smart Bicycle and Scooter Policy
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