Tour of Napa Valley

42nd Annual - August 2018
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Tour of Napa Valley

42nd Annual – August 2018

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The 2017 edition of the Tour of Napa Valley represents the Eagle Cycling Club’s 41st year producing this premier event. It is entirely organized and staffed by Eagle members and volunteers and is the primary source of fundraising for the club. The Eagle Cycling Club returns most of the proceeds from the Tour back to the local community in the form of charitable grants. Local organizations that we support include the Napa County Bicycle Coalition, Safe Routes to School, Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Association, Napa County Volunteer Fire Departments, Vine Trail Coalition Northern California, Skyline Park Association, Karma Kits, Adopt A Highway  and the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association.

Besides an incredible ride up, down, around

and through the wine country, you also get…

  • Start/Finish is at the historic Yountville Veteran’s Home.
  • Goodies at the start for all riders!
  • A post ride BBQ lunch (vegetarian available) at the end of all rides.
  • Picnic tables and a large grass field for relaxing! Sorry no pets.
  • Fresh home baked cookies and other refreshments at each rest stop.
  • Pool with lifeguard (small fee).
  • Hot showers may be available.
  • Commemorative patches! – Available pre-order only!
  • T-shirts and Jerseys for sale – Available pre-order only!
  • Early Check-In Saturday.
  • Music by local bands at the finish.
  • Start/Finish is at the historic Yountville Veteran’s Home.
  • Goodies at the start for all riders!
  • A post ride BBQ lunch (vegetarian available) at the end of all rides.
  • Picnic tables and a large grass field for relaxing! Sorry no pets.
  • Fresh home baked cookies and other refreshments at each rest stop.
  • Pool with lifeguard (small fee).
  • Hot showers may be available.
  • Commemorative patches! – Available pre-order only!
  • T-shirts and Jerseys for sale – Available pre-order only!
  • Early Check-In Saturday.
  • Music by local bands at the finish.

Choose Your Ride

There is a ride for all experience levels.

Serious Napa 100 Miles

Climbs on the east and west sides of the valley offer grand redwoods and vast vistas with 5,800 feet of climbing that gives you the complete Napa experience, manicured rows of vines, rocky outcrops and horse country. Add Lake Hennessey, Lake Berryessa, iconic Ink Grade, and a couple of fun downhill runs.

Ready to Climb 65 Miles

Wineries and vineyards give way to farmscapes as you pass Lake Hennessey and roll through Pope Valley (where you join the 100 mile route) before a tough climb up Ink Grade. Descend Howell Mountain for seven miles to St. Helena, Silverado Trail, and Yountville. 3550′ of climbing.

Into the Hills 40 Miles

Venture from the vines of the Valley floor to the shores of Lake Hennessey, rise through Sage Canyon, and return via picture-perfect Chiles Canyon. Plenty of wineries, too. 1750′ of climbing.

Flat 35 Miles

A Napa experience introduction: Beautiful vineyards and well-known wineries line your path with few hills to disrupt your pleasure. 1175′ of climbing.

Choose Your Ride

There is a ride for all experience levels.

Serious Napa 100 Miles

Climbs on the east and west sides of the valley offer grand redwoods and vast vistas with 5,800 feet of climbing that gives you the complete Napa experience, manicured rows of vines, rocky outcrops and horse country. Add Lake Hennessey, Lake Berryessa, iconic Ink Grade, and a couple of fun downhill runs.

Ready to Climb 65 Miles

Wineries and vineyards give way to farmscapes as you pass Lake Hennessey and roll through Pope Valley (where you join the 100 mile route) before a tough climb up Ink Grade. Descend Howell Mountain for seven miles to St. Helena, Silverado Trail, and Yountville. 3550′ of climbing.

Into the Hills 40 Miles

Venture from the vines of the Valley floor to the shores of Lake Hennessey, rise through Sage Canyon, and return via picture-perfect Chiles Canyon. Plenty of wineries, too. 1750′ of climbing.

Flat 35 Miles

A Napa experience introduction: Beautiful vineyards and well-known wineries line your path with few hills to disrupt your pleasure. 1175′ of climbing.

Registration Information

Register early, prices will increase!! Online registration closes at noon Thursday, Aug. 17th or when the 2000 limit is reached. If there is still space you may register the day before at Bicycle Works or day of at the Vet’s Home. Please check our website to see if we are sold out before coming to the start unregistered. The crummy news: Our insurance company is requiring all riders to sign, in person, a paper copy of the waiver you acknowledged online & show picture ID at check-in. This means that you will not be able to check in for someone else, even if it’s your special, super-duper, sweetie that you’ve been with forever! Sorry, we wish it were different.

Check In

Check in at the Yountville Veteran’s Home Sunday morning to receive a map and other materials. Riders must leave the vets home by the times below, leave times are firm. There will also be check in on Saturday Aug. 19th from 2:00 – 5:00. It is NOT at the start location. It will be at Bicycle Works, 3335 Solano Ave, Napa. Bicycle Works is in the Redwood Plaza next to the Round Table Pizza on the SW corner of Solano Ave. & Redwood Rd. You may register there IF we have not reached our 2000 rider limit. You may also pick up any merchandise you ordered. You will not be able to check in for someone else, everyone with be required to sign a waiver at check in.

  • 100 Mile: 6-7:30 a.m. (must leave by 7:30 a.m.)
  • 65 Mile: 7-9 a.m. (must leave by 9 a.m.)
  • 40 Mile: 7:30-9:30 a.m. (must leave by 9:30 a.m.)
  • 35 Mile: 7:30-9:30 a.m. (must leave by 9:30 a.m.)

PLEASE DO NOT START THE RIDE BEFORE 6 a.m!

Rest Stops

Rest stops are provided approximately every 20 mi. for all routes, supplied with water and are stocked with home baked cookies, bagels, potatoes, fresh fruit, and other refreshments. Please carry a water bottle into the rest stops, we will have no disposable cups in the interest of conservation. A detailed route sheet with map and mileage is provided for each route, as well as road direction arrows and radio dispatched SAG support. We are committed to providing you with a safe and enjoyable century.

Please pay attention to rest stop opening times so you don’t arrive before they open and stress out the already over worked volunteers.

  • Trower: 7:30 – 10:30
  • Nichelini: 8:00 – 12:30
  • Pope Valley Whisky River: 8:30 – 2:30
  • St. Helena Napa College: 9:00 – 4:00
  • Yountville Lunch: closes at 5:00

Safety

This event is a Tour not a race. Ride safely, be courteous, and obey all traffic laws. It is not unusual to have traffic citations issued for running stop signs and other violations. PLEASE RIDE SINGLE FILE ON ALL ROADS. All riders must wear a helmet at all times. NO HELMET – NO RIDE

Lunch

Served between 11:30 and 4:00. A Non-Rider lunch may be purchased for $15. Music by the Poyntlyss Sistars from 12-4.

T-shirts, Jerseys & Patches

2017 Tour Jerseys $75 each.  Must be ordered by June 12th.  Pre-shrunk cotton T-shirts with the 2017 Tour logo $20 each.  Must be ordered by July 15th. *T-shirts and jerseys are pre-order only. There may be a few at the start but don’t depend on it!  Patches also available – pre-order by July 1st only! $10.00 each.

Directions to the Start/Finish

At the historic Yountville Veteran’s Home, just off Highway 29 in Yountville. Enjoy the beautiful grounds after your ride with a dip in the pool (small fee), a hot shower (probably), and a BBQ lunch. Also, music by the rockin’ dance band, Poyntlyss Sistars.

FROM I-80 WESTBOUND:

Take Hwy 12 exit west towards Napa. Take a right at the 2nd stop light (about 7 mi from I-80) onto Hwy 29/12. Continue on Hwy 29 thru Napa, following signs to Calistoga and Hwy 29. Take Yountville exit (about 15 mi from Hwy 29/12 turn) and turn left under the Hwy and continue straight into the Yountville Veteran Home.

FROM I-80 EASTBOUND:

Take I-80 east, across the Carquinez bridge, then after 5 mi take the Hwy 37/Napa exit west for about 2 mi. Then go north (right) on Hwy 29 toward. Follow the signs toward Napa/Calistoga, not Berryessa and continue thru Napa. Take Yountville exit and turn left under the Hwy and continue straight into the Yountville Veteran Home.

FROM HWY 101 NORTHBOUND:

About 19 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge take Hwy 37 east toward Napa/Vallejo. After another 19 miles take Hwy 29 north (left) toward Napa. Follow the signs toward Napa/Calistoga, not Berryessa and continue thru Napa. Take the Yountville exit and turn left under the Hwy and continue straight into the Yountville Veteran Home.

FROM HWY 101 SOUTHBOUND:

Exit off Hwy 101 onto Hwy 116 eastbound(near Petaluma) and continue past Sonoma onto Hwy 121/12 following signs to Napa. Turn left (north) where Hwy 121/12 dead ends into Hwy 29. Continue thru Napa for 11 mi then take the Yountville exit and turn left under the Hwy and continue straight into the Yountville Veteran Home.

Need a Bike Rental

This list is provided as a information to those who might want to rent a bicycle for the Tour of Napa Valley.

Yountville (nearest the start/finish)
Napa

Napa Valley Velo

707-927-5486

Napa River Velo

707-258-8729

Napa Cycle Sport

707-265-7886

St. Helena

St. Helena Cyclery
707-963-7736

Calistoga

Calistoga Bikeshop
707-942-9687

Additional Full Service Bike

Bicycle Works 3335 Solano Avenue Napa 707-253-7000
The Hub 2500 Jefferson Street Napa 707-253-2453

Need a Place to Stay

Check out camping, hotel and motel options around the Napa Valley

Camping

There will most likely be no RV parking this year. The Vets Home is in the process of many changes. Call the Vets Home (707) 944-4600 to get the latest information.

Other camping options 15 miles from the start:

Skyline Wilderness Park Napa (707) 252-0481

Bothe State Park Calistoga (707) 942-4575

Napa County Fairgrounds Calistoga (707) 942-5411

Motels

Please refer to the following Chambers of Commerce.

Napa Chamber of Commerce: (707) 226-7455

St. Helena Chamber of Commerce: (800) 799-6456 or (707) 963-4456

Calistoga Chamber of Commerce: (707) 942-6333

Yountville Chamber of Commerce: (707) 944-0904

Note: This list is in no particular order. The Eagle Cycling Club does not endorse any of these businesses over the others.