2018 Tour of Napa Valley

The 42nd Annual TNV is coming on August 19, 2018

Our 2018 theme is “Pour It On! “

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The 2018 edition of the Tour of Napa Valley will represent the Eagle Cycling Club’s 42nd year producing this premier event. In keeping with our theme of “Pour It On,” we invite you to join us in “pouring on” the fun, be it cruising through idyllic vineyard countryside, perhaps spotting a Bald Eagle over Lake Hennessey, blasting over the rollers alongside Lake Berryessa, chatting with our rest stop volunteers as you enjoy homemade cookies, exulting in reaching the top of the iconic Ink Grade, then taking in the views of the valley from White Cottage Road and finally, enjoying a barbeque lunch washed down by beer and/or local wine. The Tour of Napa Valley 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 Alliance, 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.
  • Beer and Wine for sale at the end.
  • Picnic tables and a large grass field for relaxing! Sorry no pets.
  • Fresh home baked cookies and other refreshments at each rest stop.
  • Vendor Pavilion
  • 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.
  • Back by popular demand…our World Famous Carnitas!
  • Beer and Wine for sale at the end.
  • Picnic tables and a large grass field for relaxing! Sorry no pets.
  • Fresh home baked cookies and other refreshments at each rest stop.
  • Vendor Pavilion
  • 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 at the finish.

Choose Your Ride

There is a ride for all experience levels.

Pour It On Napa 100 Miles

Because of extensive rain, earthquake, and fire damage to Mt. Veeder Road over the last two years, we are unable to use Mt. Veeder Road for this year’s Tour of Napa Valley. To replace the lost Mount Veeder mileage, we have added a loop through Calistoga to the northernmost reaches of Napa Valley, an area not featured for many years in the Tour of Napa Valley. The first part of the route is the same as recent years, but without Mount Veeder, leaving Yountville through vineyards, climbing out of Napa Valley past Lake Hennessey, then going along Lake Berryessa, through Pope Valley, and returning to Napa Valley via Ink Grade and the seven mile descent down Howell Mountain. Then comes the loop through Calistoga before returning down Silverado Trail to Yountville. One effect of this route change is that all the climbing is over with earlier, so you can finish the climbing before the heat of the day. 5655′ of climbing.  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26829717      

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. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4090191 

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. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4149604

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. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4090252

Pour It On Napa 100 Miles

Because of extensive rain, earthquake, and fire damage to Mt. Veeder Road over the last two years, we are unable to use Mt. Veeder Road for this year’s Tour of Napa Valley. To replace the lost Mount Veeder mileage, we have added a loop through Calistoga to the northernmost reaches of Napa Valley, an area not featured for many years in the Tour of Napa Valley. The first part of the route is the same as recent years, but without Mount Veeder, leaving Yountville through vineyards, climbing out of Napa Valley past Lake Hennessey, then going along Lake Berryessa, through Pope Valley, and returning to Napa Valley via Ink Grade and the seven mile descent down Howell Mountain. Then comes the loop through Calistoga before returning down Silverado Trail to Yountville. One effect of this route change is that all the climbing is over with earlier, so you can finish the climbing before the heat of the day. 5655′ of climbing.  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26829717      

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. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4090191 

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. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4149604

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. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4090252

Registration Information

Register early, prices will increase!! Online registration closes at noon Thursday, Aug. 16th 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.

Tour of Napa Valley

Registration is open!

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. 18th 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.

  • Nichelini: 7:00 – 11:30
  • Pope Valley Whisky River: 8:30 – 1:00
  • St. Helena Napa College: 9:00 – 4:00
  • Calistoga-Tedeschi Field: 10:30 – 3:00
  • Yountville Lunch: 11:30 – 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 from 12-4.

T-shirts, Jerseys & Patches

*T-shirts and jerseys are pre-order only. The images below are for our 2018 Jerseys, incorporating our theme of “Pour It On!”

“I was truly honored to be asked to create an original oil painting for the Eagle Cycling Club’s 42nd annual Napa Valley Tour jersey!” Napa Valley artist Beverly Wilson has been painting the California Wine Country for over 30 years. Known for her dramatic, colorful landscapes, her work is iBeverly Wilsonnspired by the beauty of the wine country where she lives and works in her home studio, nestled in the eastern foothills. As a UCLA student of Richard Diebenkorn in the early 1970s, she was drawn to the qualities of the expressionists and colorists and her work began an evolution into the vibrant style that is uniquely hers. After earning a BFA, she spent a year in Italy, selling her sketches as she traveled through the vineyard regions of Tuscany and Umbria. It was this love of the wine country and the tranquility of rural life that brought her to the Napa Valley in 1983. The universal, creative nature of Beverly’s work has found appreciation from collectors around the world.

     Sponsors

        Help us thank our generous sponsors.    

Partners

By donating services and discounts, our partners help make the 42nd Annual Tour of Napa Valley possible.

Napa Valley Bike Tours On-Site Rentals

NEW! For the first time ever, we will have an onsite bike rental pickup service provided by Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals. Advance reservations are required. Reserve a Specialized Alibi hybrid ($45) or Roubaix/Ruby carbon-fiber road bike ($75) with custom pedal options by clicking on the logo below. Your pre-reserved bike(s) will be available for pickup on the morning of the event at the Veteran’s Home, within close proximity of our rider registration area. 10% of rental revenue will benefit our event beneficiaries.

Welcome Teams!

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), music, and a BBQ lunch.

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 towards Napa. Follow the signs toward Napa/Calistoga, not Berryessa, and continue past Napa. Take the first 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 past Napa. Take the first 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 towards Sonoma. Turn right onto Hwy 121/12 following signs to Napa. Turn left (north) where Hwy 121/12 dead ends into Hwy 29. Continue past Napa for 11 mi then take the first 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

St. Helena
St. Helena Cyclery 707-963-7736
Calistoga
Calistoga Bikeshop 707-942-9687
Additional Full Service Bike

Need a Place to Stay

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

Camping
There may be limited RV parking at the Vets Home this year. Call the Vets Home (707) 944-4600 to get the latest information. Other camping options 15 miles from the start:

Motels
Please refer to the following Chambers of Commerce:

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Whether it’s for a week, a day, a glass or a meal – now’s the perfect time to experience the Napa Valley Spirit for yourself