Echelon Granfondo Sonoma-Napa

Somewhere between aggressive road racing and relaxing centuries there’s the gran fondo.

Echelon Granfondo Sonoma-Napa cycling gran fondo endurance

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Attention, all oenophiles who like to ride: You’ll have to try pretty hard to beat a day in the saddle pedaling around Sonoma. There’s so much to like here, whether it’s the riding, the vino, the food, or just the richness of the whole affair.

The 75-mile route features some 6,500 feet of climbing, so rest assured you will earn your refreshments. Heading out onto rolling vineyard-covered hills, you’ll take in views of majestic Redwoods and gorgeous coastline.

The route goes east out of Sonoma to the Carneros wine region, north along the western edge of Napa, through Dry Creek, up Trinity Grade, and down to Glen Ellen, before continuing west for a loop around Sonoma Mountain, all before returning to downtown Sonoma.

This ride often takes place the same weekend as the professional Tour of California, which is great because you’ll get a charge from the cycling buzz around town and can watch the race with other racing aficionados. The region is replete with excellent spas and golf courses, too, just in case you want to mix things up.

The Echelon Granfondo Sonoma-Napa is held in May.

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