Added by Emily Kent
This is a beautiful, longer rolling hill route just under 56 miles for you road bike enthusiasts in or around the Bay Area.
Begin your ride in Vacaville, California out of Alamo Creek Park (street parking is available and free). Head north on Alamo Drive and veer left onto Foothill Drive, then left (South) onto Pleasants Valley Road. After two miles, veer left onto Cherry Glen Road. Stay to the right when you reach the fork to continue onto Lyon Road. Continue on Lyon for about two miles, and stay to the right at the fork yet again to continue onto Hilborn Road. After another two miles, turn right onto Vista Grande, then right onto Waterman Blvd. Continue straight as it becomes Mankas Corner Road, veer right at the T and follow Mankas to Clayton Road where you'll turn right, followed by an immediate left onto Gordon Valley Road. Enjoy the pastoral farm fields, horse pastures, and rolling hills for four miles, then turn left onto Wooden Valley Cross Road. Stay to the right when you reach the top of the hill and continue right onto Wooden Valley Road for six miles, then right onto Monticello Road. Stay on Monticello for five mile, then veer right and continue heading east and north to complete the northern curve of your loop ride. You'll pass through the Quail Ridge and Stebbins Cold Canyon Nature Reserves, then will ride alongside Putah Creek through Bray Canyon. At about mile marker 41 you'll head south along the creek for three miles, then turn right onto Pleasants Valley Road. Finish the last 11 miles of the loop on Pleasants Valley, which is one of my favorite parts of this ride with tree tunnels and open pastures alongside of you. Veer left when you reach Foothill Drive and finish up at Alamo Park. Remember to keep hydrated and nourished, and congratulate yourself on a big ride!
- Road bike
- Clip-in road shoes
- Helmet & sunglasses
- Two full water bottles or waterpack
- Sport gels or chews
- Spare tube
- Cell phone and road ID
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