Northern California is filled with beautiful scenic locations that are most appreciated when travelling through nature. Cycling combines the fitness and thrill of sport, with the beauty of nature and sightseeing. California’s rich landscape makes it a perfect place for cycling to enjoy beautiful and diverse locations including ocean, deserts, mountains and cities.
Northern California is filled with many different bike tours and cyclist hotspot locations. Bike tours provide a challenging and rewarding experience as you truly take in the locations’ serene landscape while enjoying great food, wine and accommodations. The routes are ideal for cyclists and many tourists particularly flock to see the well-loved Napa Valley. The wine country offers a variety of bike excursions from overnighters to several-week tours.
Bicycle Adventures’ Northern California Bike Tour
Earning Outside Magazine’s title of ‘Trip Of The Year’, the bike tour is an 8-day long adventure beginning with departures on August 25th (2013). The tour begins in Santa Rosa and visits natural springs, mountains and wine country. Rated at an intermediate to advanced level, the tour costs $3,696 with the lodging (Vichy Springs Resort, Mondocino Hotel, Breakers Inn, etc..) and meals included. The tour claims to pass through Greg LeMond’s (multiple winner of the Tour De France) favourite scenic/training roads and promises top-notch cuisine.
Castle Crags Century Ride: Mount Shasta
This ride is filled with challenging mountain climbs. Beginning June 22 2013, the never before offered tour travels through pristine lakes and mountains including Mummit Summit and Siskiyou Lake. It promises to be on your list of “Must Rides”.
San Francisco: Cycling Continues To Grow
Cycling in San Francisco is becoming more popular as years go by. The city has invested in improving cycling infrastructure. With the warm weather and the city’s layout, it’s becoming more popular among cyclists. For those of you visiting the city and looking forward to do some cycling, you would be pleased to hear that in 2008 San Francisco introduced “Sunday Streets”. The point is to close off certain streets throughout the year, in order to promote a healthier lifestyle. Routes like Golden Gate Park are great when it is traffic free, as you get to experience community participation/bonding and nature. Golden Gate Park is one of the best places to bike in the bay area as it hosts the botanical garden, the Japanese Tea Garden and more great locations for you to check out.
Downtown Ocean Beach is another great location where cyclists congregate. Locals know this area as the “wiggle”. It takes you straight through Golden Gate Park on to Ocean Beach, which is a beautiful area to bike along the shore. Next we have Angel Island. The name is very uplifting in itself, and why not since no cars are allowed here. You get a beautiful 360-degree view of the bay, along with the famous one and only Golden Gate Bridge and a five-mile route around the island. Great area for cyclists to have a picnic or enjoy some fresh oysters at the Harbor Front Café. Finally, whatever bike you are riding, there are shops located in the area to help set up your bike, do some maintenance, as well as some customization if you like. Don’t worry most bmx bikes are easily customized.
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