A VIP Jensie Gran Fondo Adventure
Marin & Sonoma County, California
October 4 – 8, 2017 in Northern California
Enjoy VIP treatment as you ride some of the best cycling routes in Northern California. In addition to the Jensie Gran Fondo VIP weekend, you will get to explore some of our favorite routes through the world famous Marin Headlands, Sonoma Coast, and Coleman Valley. If you’re looking for an unforgettable cycling vacation with a stunning Coastal California backdrop, look no further!
Day 1 – Wednesday, October 4: San Francisco over the Golden Gate – 24 miles – 2,200’ gain
This morning your guides will meet you in San Francisco for the start of a great cycling getaway and warm-up to the Jensie Gran Fondo event. We will shuttle you a short distance to our starting location for today’s shakedown ride. After an introduction and bike fitting, you will have the opportunity to pedal over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge before continuing up and over the headlands, climbing and meandering through the former military base. We’ll cruise south along East Road on the bluffs overlooking the bay and finally descend back towards Sausalito, to join bike path for the final few miles to our hotel for the next four nights. Here, you can relax, unpack, and stash the suitcase away for the next few days before we meet again for a team dinner tonight at a nearby restaurant. Meals included: L &D
Day 2 – Thursday, October 5: Sonoma Coast – up to 65 miles – 5,900’ gain (with shorter options available)
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll have some time to digest while we shuttle you to the small town of Duncans Mills, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Today you will be tackling a king of a climb – Kings Ridge Road – not to be missed if you are in the area and love to cycle along with epic views! Ride south for several beautiful miles, taking in the coastal views along the Pacific Ocean before turning inland to end back at Duncans Mills. If you’re looking for a less aggressive ride, we’ll have a couple shorter, easier options available. Of course with our van support, you can always try a harder ride knowing the van is available to give you a lift if needed. We will shuttle back to the hotel, where you can rest, relax and refuel after a great day. Dinner together tonight is at another favorite spot. Meals included: B, L &D
Day 3 – Friday, October 6: Coleman Valley Road and Wine Country – up to 50 miles – 3,400’ gain (with shorter options available)
Following breakfast, we will shuttle you once again further North to Sonoma county. Grab a coffee from the Wild Flour Bakery – a hot spot for cyclists, before starting off on another epic ride. Today we will ride Coleman Valley Road, one of Sonoma County’s cycling jewels. Rivaling Kings Ridge in offering the scenic beauty of Sonoma County, Coleman Valley Road is on the “must do” list for cyclists as the road has been included in many of the editions of the Tour of California stage race. Continuing our ride through Sonoma county, we pass through small towns and acres of vineyards. Westside road, overlooking the vines below, will take us in to the quaint town of Healdsburg, where you’ll have a chance to stroll town or extend your ride with a 20-mile loop around the vineyards. From here, we will shuttle you back to Mill Valley to shower and clean up before dinner tonight and an early bedtime! Meals included: B, L &D
Day 4 – Saturday, October 7: The Big Show – 40, 70, or 100 mile Jensie Gran Fondo event
Event day! As with every day on tour, we will transport you to and from the ride start/end allowing you to relax on your way there and to enjoy an extra post-ride beer. As a Jensie Founder Club member – included with our tour – you will be able to enjoy all the perks of the VIP membership from the moment you register in the morning until the conclusion of lunch tomorrow. Some of the highlighted perks you will receive include pre-ride Pro Tour mechanic bike inspection, special bike staging and a roll out with Jens, Pro Tour level support along the course route that you choose, access to recover in the Founder Club tent after your ride, post ride massage, goodie bag, Jensie Gran Fondo jersey signed by Jens, and more. We will join each other again tonight for a final team dinner to share stories from the day, before relaxing back in our rooms after what is sure to be a big day. Meals included: B, L &D
Day 5 – Sunday, October 8: Marin Slow Roll with Jens – 20 miles
The VIP treatment continues today after breakfast with a group ride with Jens, which will be a casual, social pace with photo stops along the way. Jens will be hosting a private lunch in Southern Marin following the ride. Bid farewell to Jens, other riders, and fellow travelers before we shuttle you back in to San Francisco where you can continue your journey however you see fit. Meals included: B & L
Please Note: The above itinerary is subject to change depending on a variety of factors. In every case, Black Sheep Adventures will endeavor to make you aware of changes as soon as possible, but, occasionally, changes must be made immediately prior, or during, a departure. We strive to offer the best quality trip for each area and will make every effort to offer a comparable or better vacation. Rest assured our goal is to leave you with the best possible experience so you choose to travel with us again and tell your friends all about us.
We’ll spend all four nights at Acqua Hotel Mill Valley, a small, stylish hotel, that blends city sophistication with the great natural beauty which surrounds. From the grounds, you’ll find panoramic views of Richardson Bay and Mt Tamalpais. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up the interior spaces creating a magical connection with the great outdoors. It’s conveniently located for all our needs and features deluxe rooms with one king or two queen beds.
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Important Note on Bringing Your Own Bike:
If you are bringing your own bike, per the above disclaimer, it is at your own risk. BSA will transport it, and our guides will endeavor to protect your bike as best they can. If you have a custom bicycle, rare bike or one that you are just terribly fond of, we encourage you to carefully consider the choice to bring it. If you do choose to bring your own bike, please ensure your homeowner’s, renter’s or trip insurance policy will cover the bike for loss to your satisfaction. Alternatively, please consider renting a bicycle from us. We have some nice full carbon road bikes for rent.
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