*Finalized cue sheets will be given out at check in.
Sacramento manages to retain a certain low-key small town charm in spite of being the capital of California – with an economy that would rank #7 in the world if it was an independent country. The City is located on the Sacramento River Delta on the eastern edge of the Great Central Valley. The Great Valley is incredibly productive, producing nearly 10% of the nation’s fruits and vegetables from less than 1% of its farm land. Immediately to the northwest lies the town of Davis, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of fame and one of only 4 cities in America to be awarded the coveted “Platinum Level” in the League of American Bicyclist’s Bicycle Friendly Community program. Beyond Davis, you’ll find a series of mountain ranges and valleys with micro-climates that have allowed it to become one of the top wine producing regions in the world. A little farther on you’ll find the spectacular Pacific Coast.
Rides: The RAAM NorCal Cycling Challenge offers 2 rides (60 and 120-miles) and 2 races (200 and 400-miles). All distances start/finish at Crocker Park in downtown Sacramento. The 60-mile riders follow the Sacramento River S down the east levee to Walnut Grove where they cross the River and head N up the west levee . At West Sacramento the riders cross the Gateway Bridge back over the River to the finish. The 120-mile riders head W across the Sacramento River and across the Delta to Davis. Riders pass by the US Bicycling Hall of Fame and through the UC Davis Campus. The route continues W through Winters and S to Vacaville. Here the riders head N and W up Putah Creek to Lake Berryessa where they turn around and head back down to Winters. They head N to Esparto and E through Woodland to the Sacramento River where they follow the west levee south to West Sacramento and back across the River to the finish.
The 60 and 120-mile rides are fully supported with Aid Stations every 15-20 miles. There will be bike mechanics and SAG support available.
Races: Both the 200 and 400-mile racers follow the same route as the 120-mile riders W through Davis. Both the 200 and 400-mile racers pass through Winters, up Putah Creek, past Berryessa Dam, NW along the west side of the Lake, and W to Pope Valley. There the 200-mile racers continue NW through Middletown to Lower Lake. They head back E and SE following the remote and primitive Berryessa-Knoxville Road along the west shoreline before turning E and dropping out of the mountains and heading to Woodland. The racers follow the 120-mile route E out of Woodland and back to the finish. At Pope Valley, the 400-mile racers head W across the mountains and down into Napa Valley. They head NW along the Silverado Trail to Calistoga where they head W across the mountains through Santa Rosa and Sebastopol to Bodega Bay on the Pacific Coast. From here they head N on US 101 up the Coast, follow the Russian River upstream past Healdsburg and Cloverdale to Hopland. Here the racers head back across the Coast Range, around the north side of Clear Lake before dropping back into the Great Valley. They head E through Williams and Colusa to Yuba City, and then S along the Feather and Sacramento Rivers to the finish. Extensive portions of the 400-mile route pass through the scenic vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Counties.
The 200 and 400-mile races are unsupported. There will be no Aid Stations. bike machanics or SAG support. Bikes and support vehicles will be inspected on Friday prior to the start on Saturday. 200-mile racers may ride randonneur style (without crew), but must notify the Race Director prior to the event. The 400-mile racers must have a support crew. All racers and crew must follow Modified RAAM Rules. There will be race officials to insure compliance with race rules.
The RAAM NorCal Cycling Challenge offers the best cycling in Northern California. If you want to experience the best Northern California has to offer, pick a distance and sign up now.