44TH ANNUAL TOUR OF NAPA VALLEY

Join Us – Roaring into the 20’s

35 miles, Metric century and Full Century

Although our event is in August, the Tour of Napa Valley is not immune to the impact of Covid-19.  Updates on this virus change daily, making it hard to keep up.  But I can tell you this, no decision has been made to cancel the tour.
We will monitor this situation and keep you updated.  I personally hope to see positive information surface over the coming weeks as we see the effects of all the closures, stay-home orders, self quarantines, and medical updates.  Please abide by social distancing and help stop the spread.
 
Linda McFeely, Tour Director
44th Annual Tour of Napa Valley

The Tour of Napa Valley is “Roaring Into the 20’s” with a return to the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. We love our new venue and we love sharing our beautiful valley with other cyclists. The Eagle Cycling Club first organized this ride as a grassroots effort at fund raising in 1976. The ride has grown over the years but remains the original premiere cycling event in the Napa Valley. We do listen to your feedback and have made some changes in order to bring you the best possible experience.

Baja Fresh will be catering this year with 6 food lines for faster service. The venue will be outside under the huge pavilion to help with noise levels. We still have a live band, ice cream, a silent auction, Vendor Expo, wine tasting, beer, free soda and NEW this year, a BMX Kiddie Rodeo! Bring the little ones and their bikes. While your partner rides, the kiddos can have fun at the rodeo. Make this a family fun weekend in the Napa Valley.

We are bringing back Mt. Veeder. The county has lifted the “No-Use” so Mt. Veeder returns and is paired with Ink Grade in the 100-miler. The Metric Century rolls along Lake Hennessy and into Pope Valley to Ink Grade. Our 35-mile route is a flat course along the scenic Silverado Trail with wide shoulders and new pavement.

We have Rest Stops every 25 miles stocked with tasty treats, including our home-made cookies! There is a Lunch stop in Pope Valley for the Metric and Full Century riders. Clif Family is sponsoring a rest stop on Ink Grade at their farm. A full buffet-style post-ride picnic from Baja Fresh awaits hungry riders back at the Fairgrounds.

Rest Stops have hours! Be sure to check the route sheets for the posted times. Slower riders, please confirm the start times of your route. Plan to return to the fairgrounds no later than 5pm to enjoy the picnic. Wrap up of the event starts shortly after 5pm.

Calistoga is a small town renowned for its hot springs, mud baths, Old Faithful, world-class restaurants and, of course, Napa Valley wines. As our riders go south on the  Silverado Trail and into the Vaca range to the east of the valley, they will visit as many as seven famous wine appellations. You will enjoy views not only of rose-lined vineyards, but hillsides of oaks, bays, eucalyptus, redwood forests and often, open ranges with cows, horses and sheep.

The Tour of Napa Valley is produced entirely by volunteers of the Eagle Cycling Club, a 501(c)4, tax-exempt organization and its partners. Net proceeds are used to help support bicycle advocacy in the North Bay region via the Napa County Bicycle Coalition. We also help support our local youth cycling club, the Rebob Composite Cycling Team. This year we also have a Scholarship program for the High Schools in the Napa Valley including Napa High, Vintage High, Justin-Siena, New Tech High, St. Helena High School and Calistoga Jr/Sr High School. Your participation in the Tour of Napa Valley helps to support our youths, bike safety and cycling awareness.

Participants are required to follow California Vehicle Code (CVC) regulations on all routes.

IMPORTANT: We do not offer refunds of any kind for this ride.

 

 

Start/Finish at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga

  • Three distances: 35, Metric Century and Full Century
  • Full support at Rest Stops and Sag Support
  • Limited tent camping available – email: info@eaglecyclingclub.com
  • RV parking available at the Fairgrounds. Call: (707)942-5221 to reserve now.
  • Post-ride celebration with live music under the Pavilion
  • Baja Fresh * Beer * Wine Tasting * Free Soda * Ice Cream
  • Children under 14 ride for free (we had 28 youths in 2019)
  • NEW for 2020! BMX Kiddie Rodeo course
  • Event Expo and Silent Auction
  • T-shirts and Jerseys – Available pre-order only and picked up at check in
  • Early Check-In Saturday at Clif Family Winery in St. Helena
  • Saturday Social Gathering at Clif Family Winery
  • Sunday Check-in opens at 5:30am with a rolling start
  • Full event Kick-off at  8:00am
  • No Refunds

2020 Tour of Napa Valley Beneficiaries

2020 Napa County High School Beneficiaries

Choose Your Ride

We are offering 3 distances for the 2020 Tour of Napa Valley.  There is a ride for all experience levels.

The Flat 35

This is an out and back along the most picturesque portion of the Silverado Trail. Local riders call this a flat route, not Florida flat but Napa flat. A lightly rolling route up to the rest stop at Conn Dam where you can refuel and enjoy the tranquility before heading back to the Fairgrounds.  1,580 ft. of climbing (in gentle rollers) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31893757

The Metric Century – 62.5 miles

The route starts out on the 35-mile course, so you get the best part of the Silverado Trail and the Conn Dam Rest Stop. Then it starts to get real as you head up and out to Pope Valley for lunch at the Whiskey River Rest Stop. Be sure to hydrate because you climb out of Pope Valley on Ink Grade, a 4-mile climb with a water stop in the middle at Clif Family Farm. Its not over at the “top” because there is one more short climb before a rewarding descent down Deer Park. Watch for the sharp right turn at Sanitarium or you will fly by! 4,199 ft. of climbing. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31893751

The Full Century

Mt. Veeder returns after 2 years. Before following the Metric Century route to Pope Valley,  century riders head down valley to Napa to an added loop over this iconic mountain by the Bay.  The climb contains the some of the more rugged vineyards of the Napa region and 21 wineries hidden among them. O’Brien Estate hosts the Rest Stop that begins and ends this 23-mile loop. This climb is equally rugged on mostly old pavement and a one-lane section, (although some of the more fire and flood-damaged sections have been repaved,) but the views at the top are well worth the effort.   6,242 ft. of climbing. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31893746 

Registration Information

 Online registration closes at noon on Thursday, Aug. 13th or when the 2000 limit is reached.   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.

2020 Tour of Napa Valley

Check In

Check in at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga begins at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and you will receive a map and other materials. Riders must leave the Fairgrounds by the times below, these times are firm. There will also be early check in on Saturday Aug. 15th from 2:00 – 5:00 at the Clif Family Winery, 709 Main Street, St. Helena, CA.   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.

Below are start times for the 3 distances. Please consider your typical ride times when deciding when to leave – our Rest Stops times are also listed below. If you are a slower rider, we strongly recommend that you leave at the beginning of your start time window to insure that all the Rest Stops will be open for you.

  • Full Century 100-miles: 6-7:00 a.m. (must leave by 7:00 a.m.)
  • Metric Century 62.5-miles: 7-9:00 a.m. (must leave by 9:00 a.m.)
  • 35 Miles: 9-10:30 a.m. (must leave by 10:30 a.m.)

PLEASE DO NOT START THE RIDE BEFORE 6 a.m! Your first Rest Stop will not be available if you arrive earlier than the posted time.

Early Check-in and Social Gathering

All riders may check in early and pick up their lunch band, ride number and route maps  on Saturday Aug. 15th from 2:00 – 5:00 at the Clif Family Winery, 709 Main Street St. Helena, CA. Clif Family BruschetteriaThis is a great chance to meet other riders, discuss the ride, arrange riding groups and make new friends. Eagle Cycling Club members will be there to discuss the route and answer all your questions. The gathering is hosted by Clif Family Winery, a great supporter of Napa Valley Cycling events. Taste their wines and munch on tasty snacks. Clif Family will offer participants tickets for a complimentary splash.  The Clif Family Bruschetteria Food Truck will be at the winery until 4 PM.  Check the menu here!   

Rest Stops

Rest stops are provided approximately every 25 miles 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 day. Please pay attention to rest stop opening times so you don’t arrive before they open and stress out the already over-worked volunteers. Please also pay attention to closing times – if you are running behind, consider shortening your course or taking a SAG.

  • O’Brien Estate (N. Napa): 7:30 – 10:30
  • Conn Dam: 8:00 – 1:00
  • Whiskey River (Pope Valley): 9:30 – 2:00
  • Clif Family Farm water stop (Ink Grade): 11:00-3:30
  • Calistoga Post-Ride Picnic: 10:30 – 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, riding two or three abreast and other violations. PLEASE RIDE SINGLE FILE ON ALL ROADS. All riders must wear a helmet at all times. NO HELMET – NO RIDE

Post-Ride Picnic

Served between 10:30 and 5:00. A Non-Rider meal may be purchased for $18. Music from 11-4:30.

Jerseys & T-shirts

The 2020 jersey design is pictured below and is available for preorder at our Registration site HERE.

T-shirt designs are coming soon.

 

Please Thank Our Title Sponsor

Enjoy Napa Valley Hospitality

Partners

By donating services and discounts, our partners help make the 44th Annual Tour of Napa Valley possible.

 

Call early-Spaces are limited

Friends of the Tour

Welcome Teams!

Directions to the Start/Finish

Our venue is at the Napa County Fairgrounds at 1435 N. Oak St. in Calistoga. The post-ride festivities will be held inside a climate controlled building, with outside seating available.

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. At Rutherford, Hwy 128 will merge with Hwy 29. Continue north on 29/128 through St. Helena and  follow it all the way into Calistoga. Make a right turn on Lincoln Ave (main drag through town and the first stop light after St. Helena) and then a left turn on Fair Way and follow it to the Fairgrounds. There will be signs directing you to parking.

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 on Hwy 29 past Napa. At Rutherford, Hwy 128 will merge with Hwy 29. Continue north on 29/128 through St. Helena and  follow it all the way into Calistoga. Make a right turn on Lincoln Ave (main drag through town and the first stop light after St. Helena) and then a left turn on Fair Way and follow it to the Fairgrounds. There will be signs directing you to parking.

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 on Hwy 29 past Napa. At Rutherford, Hwy 128 will merge with Hwy 29. Continue north on 29/128 through St. Helena and  follow it all the way into Calistoga. Make a right turn on Lincoln Ave (main drag through town and the first stop light after St. Helena) and then a left turn on Fair Way and follow it to the Fairgrounds. There will be signs directing you to parking.

FROM SANTA ROSA AND VICINITY:
Going north or south on Hwy 101, take the River Rd exit. River Rd. and Mark West Springs Rd. are the same road-River Rd travels west of 101 and Mark West Springs Rd. travels east of 101. Follow Mark West Springs Rd. east. After several miles, Mark West Springs Rd. becomes Porter Creek Rd. When Porter Creek Rd. ends, turn left onto Petrified Forest Rd. which will take you to Calistoga. Turn right onto Hwy 128, then left onto Lincoln Ave (main drag through Calistoga.) Turn left onto Fair Way and follow it to the Fairgrounds. There will be signs directing you to parking.

Need a Bike Rental

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

Yountville
Napa Valley Bike Tours 707-251-8687

 

 

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
Camping Options:

 

Motels
Please refer to the following Chambers of Commerce:

 

I just finished the 44th Annual Tour of Napa Valley. Now What?

Visit Napa Valley

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