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Sonoma County is famous for its scenic backroad cycling, and this event shows you why. In addition to passing by many of the region's premier vineyards, the routes wind through redwoods, apple orchards, and shady broadleaf forest. The roads meander across meadows sprinkled with wildflowers and climb over hillsides dotted with eucalyptus, bay, and oak. The Super Century route even visits the magnificent, rugged Sonoma coast.

Depending on your route, you'll cross the beautiful Russian River as many as six times. Again, depending on your route, you might pass through as many as seven different vineyard appellations: Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Sonoma Coast, Northern Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill.

The three long routes incorporate a lunch stop (with custom made sandwiches as well as regular rest stop fare) in a shady redwood grove at the Warm Springs Dam Visitor Center. This is considered a moderately easy century...a good choice for those attempting their first 100-miler. It isn't all flat though, and by the time the finish rolls around, even seasoned riders will feel they've earned their after-ride dinner.

All routes begin and end at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, three miles north of Santa Rosa on Hwy 101 (See map). The after-ride dinner will be served there. Parking is available but limited so please carpool or ride your bike to start, if possible. There is no overnight camping at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Rest stop open and close times will be listed on the route maps.

Note: If you are a slower rider, please plan to start your ride as soon as the course opens (see Start TImes) in order to give yourself time to make it to our rest stops before they close, and to arrive at the finish while the dinner is still being served.


Wine Country Century Routes and Maps - four route options are available

37-Mile Route (click for Ride with GPS) 
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The 37-mile route is a moderately easy circuit which heads west and south across the Laguna de Santa Rosa almost to Sebastopol, then turns north and drops into the village of Graton, where there is a rest stop. After the stop, it meanders north and east over rolling terrain of orchards, woods, pastures, and vineyards, visits the town of Windsor and then heads back to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (start/finish). Ride safely and exercise good judgment. The official route is shown on the printed maps. Note that the electronic mapping systems seem to overstate elevation gain. The electronic mapping system (RwGPS) calculates the elevation gain as 1300'.

100-K Route (click for Ride with GPS)
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The 100-kilometer route avoids the early, hilly portions of the 100 mile and 200K routes and takes an easy, eight-mile shortcut to the main course. After the routes merge, the forested hills give way to the vineyards of the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys. Aside from the fairly substantial climb on Chalk Hill near the end, the remainder of the route is flat or rolling...and beautiful!   Ride safely and exercise good judgment. The official route is shown on the printed maps. The electronic mapping system (RwGPS) calculates the elevation gain as 2600'.

100-Mile Route (click for Ride with GPS)
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The 100-mile route heads west across the valley floor before climbing into the wooded hills around Graton and Occidental. After descending to the Russian River at Monte Rio, the route meanders through rolling terrain along the sides of the river valley. There are several climbs...some long but gradual, some short but steep. At about mile 44, the forested hills give way to the vineyards of the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys. Aside from the fairly substantial climb on Chalk Hill near the end, the remainder of the route is flat or rolling, and beautiful!  Ride safely and exercise good judgment.  The official route is shown on the printed maps. The electronic mapping system (RwGPS) calculates the elevation gain as 5000'. 

Super Century Route (click for Ride with GPS)
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The Super Century route follows the 100-mile course, except for a loop out to the coast in the morning. The coastal loop picks up Coleman Valley Road in Occidental and climbs over two spectacular ridges on its way to the sea. It then travels north along the rocky coastline, turns inland, and follows the Russian River back to Monte Rio, where it rejoins the century course. The electronic mapping system (RwGPS) calculates the elevation gain as 6600'.


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