Ride with Jan Ullrich - California Water into Wine Country Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
 
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Ride with Jan Ullrich – California Water into Wine Country Tour

A Special Tour of California’s Sonoma Coast and Napa Wine Country with Jan Ullrich

Join Lizard Head Cycling Guides and Tour de France Champion Jan Ullrich for a world-class cycling tour across Northern California that includes Marin County, Point Reyes National Seashore, the Sonoma Coastline and the famous wine producing towns and valleys of Healdsburg, Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa.

The riding in this region offers sublime roads and grand views paired with some of the world’s finest wines and California’s most delectable restaurants. The tour ends riding The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin with former Pro cyclist Jens Voigt… all together this is a cycling adventure you will soon not forget!

California Water into Wine Country Tour: Highlights

Ride with Jan Ullrich

Ride with Jan Ullrich

Jan at the Cowboy Country Inn

Jan at the Cowboy Country Inn

Jan taking a post-ride swim

Jan with fans

Jan with fans

Ride with Jan Ullrich

Ride with Jan Ullrich

California Water into Wine Country Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2017 California Water into Wine Country Tour with Jan Ullrich:

  • October 2 to 7, 2017 6-DAY TOUR (Book Now!)
  • October 2 to 11, 2017 10-DAY TOUR (Book Now!)

2017 Tour of California:

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California Water into Wine Country Tour: Overview

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is offered with the standard 6-DAY itinerary or an extended 10-DAY itinerary. See details below.

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Arrival Airport/Town: San Francisco Airport (SFO), San Francisco, California.

Departure Airport/Town: San Francisco Airport (SFO), San Francisco, California.

Tour Length: 6-Days/5-Nights -or- 10-Days/9-Nights

Ability Level: 3/4 (Advanced to Challenging) (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Tour Cost: 6-Day @ $5,450 per person -or- 10-Day @ $6,950 per person

$200 Early Bird Discount for 2018 Tour Registrations Made Prior to November 1, 2017!
Must mention or use Discount Code EARLYBIRD2018 when making your reservation.

Single Room Supplement: For 6-Day, add $550 per person to the Tour Cost for a private room each night of the tour (5 nights). For 10-Day, add $995 per person to the Tour Cost for a private room each night of the tour (9 nights).

6-Day Tour Includes: Exclusive 6-days of small group riding with Jan Ullrich (group size in previous years has been 6 to 8 riders), 5-nights of lodging (Monday through Friday), meals during the tour, guide service, park entrance fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage therapy are additional.

10-Day Tour Includes: Exclusive 10-days of small group riding with Jan Ullrich (group size in previous years has been 6 to 8 riders) including an additional 4-days of riding from Marin to Monterey, California, 9-nights of lodging (Monday through the following Tuesday), meals during the tour, guide service, park entrance fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage therapy are additional.

Tour Exclusions: Registration fees for The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. Guests are on-their-own to forage for lunch and dinner on the layover day in Napa (Thu 10/5) . Guests on the 10-Day tour are on-their-own for dinner following the Jensie Grand Fondo on Saturday 10/7 and for dinner on the first night in Monterey (Mon 10/9).

Lodging: (subject to availability)

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Meals On Tour

Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post ride element.

Lunches on Tour: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Overall Route Map: Days 1-6 (both tours)

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Overall Route Map: Days 7-10 (10-day tour only)

California Water into Wine Country Tour: Days 1-6 Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 0 (Sunday 10/1): Arrival in San Francisco

Guests arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Sunday October 1, 2017 and take the shuttle provided by the Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront Hotel.

Day 1 (Monday 10/2): Mill Valley to Point Reyes Lighthouse
67 miles with up to 6,260 feet of climbing

After an early morning shuttle from San Francisco to Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge, the ride starts along the Panoramic Highway and proceeds onto Ridgecrest Blvd to the peak of Mt Tamalpais offering fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay from high above. We descend Mt Tamalpais and turn inland to navigate around Alpine Lake and Nicasio Reservoir meandering our way to the small town of Point Reyes Station where we will enjoy lunch and some award winning cheeses from the Cowgirl Creamery.

After lunch we continue on Sir Francis Drake Blvd all the way to Point Reyes Lighthouse along the open coastal meadows of Point Reyes National Seashore through several working cattle farms. Once at the lighthouse we trade cycling shoes for hiking shoes to take a light hiking tour of the Point Reyes Headlands and the lighthouse. Our lodging this evening is at Point Reyes Lodge and cyclists will have the option to either shuttle to the lodge, or go full EFI by riding back from the lighthouse to add another 21 miles to the day for a total of 87 miles.

View from Mt. Tamalpais

View from Mt. Tamalpais

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Cypress Tree Tunnel

Cypress Tree Tunnel

Elevation Profile: 67 mi +6260 ft / -6475 ft

Elevation Profile: 67 mi +6260 ft / -6475 ft

Day 2 (Tuesday 10/3): Point Reyes Station to Timber Cove
83 miles with up to 6,130 feet of climbing

Departing the Point Reyes Station area in the morning, we turn north to ride on Shoreline Hwy along the Tomales Bay and then head onto quiet roads through the Chileno Valley. We will stop at Goat Rock State Beach – Sonoma Coast State Park to enjoy lunch on the rocky California coastline and perhaps dip the feet into the cool, refreshing Pacific Ocean.

After lunch we continue north and soon take on one of the first big climbs of the tour up Meyers Grade Rd: a 4-mile Category 2 ascent with grades up to 17%! But the climbing will be worth it as ride along the ridge top rewards with grand views in all directions. The last 3.5 miles offers a screaming descent down to our accommodations at the Timber Cove Inn. Optionally those wanting to skip this last climb and descent of the day can continue along the Coast Highway directly to the Timber Cove Inn.

Morning mist along the Sonoma coastline

Morning mist along the Sonoma coastline

Goat Rock State Beach

Goat Rock State Beach

Relaxing at the Timber Cove Inn

Relaxing at the Timber Cove Inn

Elevation Profile: 83 mi +6130 ft / -6050 ft

Elevation Profile: 83 mi +6130 ft / -6050 ft

Day 3 (Wednesday 10/4): Timber Cove to Healdsburg
67 miles with up to 7,915 feet of climbing

Our third day of the tour offers the most climbing of the week with a mix of Category 2 and Category 3 climbs which will help cyclists get in top shape for the upcoming GranFondo on Saturday. The first Cat 2 climb up Fort Ross Rd comes soon after departure from Timber Cove Inn with a 2.5 mile ascent with grades nearing 17%. The following 16 miles is along rolling terrain with a mix of smaller Cat 3 climbs until the next Cat 2 climb at 5 miles in length.

The final climb of the day is another Cat 2 at 4 miles in length with grades reaching nearly 16%. With all the climbing done, the reward is a guide prepared gourmet lunch at Gustafson Family Vineyards just past the summit of this final climb. The last 20 miles of the days ride descends 2,500 feet with almost no elevation gain through the Dry Creek Valley past numerous vineyards and ends in Healdsburg, California where we check into the Hotel Healdsburg, our lodging for the evening. An option exists to add 20 miles and 2,220’ in elevation gain to this ride for a total of 87 miles.

Along Fort Ross Road

Along Fort Ross Road

View from Gustafson Family Vineyards towards Lake Sonoma

View from Gustafson Family Vineyards towards Lake Sonoma

Hotel Healdsburg

Hotel Healdsburg

Elevation Profile: 67 mi +7915 ft / -7920 ft

Elevation Profile: 67 mi +7915 ft / -7920 ft

Day 4 (Thursday 10/5): Healdsburg to Napa
54 miles with up to 1,970 feet of climbing

Geared as a more casual day of riding after the climbing from yesterday, this day’s route pierces straight across the heart of the region’s major grape producing valleys of Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and most famously, Napa Valley. With one small climb and little elevation gain, this will be a glorious day to spin the legs through this world famous wine country region along the Silverado Trail.

There will be numerous opportunities to stop at some of the many dozens of wineries along the way to Napa to sample wine and to have lunch. The day ends in Napa where we check into Napa River Inn and then hit the town for post-ride fun, food and of course, more wine!

Russian River near Healdsburg

Russian River near Healdsburg

Riding along the vineyards

Riding along the vineyards

Napa River Inn

Napa River Inn

Elevation Profile: 54 mi +1970 ft / -2050 ft

Elevation Profile: 54 mi +1970 ft / -2050 ft

Day 5 (Friday 10/6): Layover in Napa
Optional Riding and/or Winery Tour

With a layover in Napa, today is a day to relax and rest the legs. There will be routes made available for optional out and back rides, and also an optional winery tour if there is enough interest. Guests will be on-their-own for this entire day including all meals.

Napa Mills in downtown Napa

Napa Mills in downtown Napa

Day 6 (Saturday 10/7): The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin
40 mile, 70 miles or 100 miles

Today is the day of The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin! With an early 7:30 AM ride departure time, guests will need to be up early and if needed, we will shuttle them to the start of the ride.

Following the ride we will shuttle 6-day participants from the end of the Gran Fondo back to the Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront meeting hotel. From there guests may opt to spend additional time in San Francisco or take the hotel’s provided airport shuttle to the San Francisco International Airport for departure.

Please Note: All guests are on-their-own to register for The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin well in advance of the date. Guests will be on their own for dinner following the Grand Fondo.

The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin – thejensiegranfondo.com

Jan with "The Duke"

Jan with “The Duke”

Jan Ullrich

Lizard Head Guide Leslie with Jan Ullrich

California Water into Wine Country Tour: Days 7-10 Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 7 (Sunday 10/8): Marin Headlands Ride & Hike
10 miles with up to 1,140 feet of climbing

Today will be a leisurely day with a short ride and light hiking on the agenda. We will shuttle to the ride start adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge and then pedal into the Marin Headlands which offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

There will be many opportunities to stop and to take advantage of the scenery from different perspectives with short hikes, including a hike out to Point Bonita Lighthouse at the far end of the Headlands. There are also the ruins and remains of many old bunkers and gunnery stations to explore which were built into the Headlands during the last world war. The Headlands were also home to a Nike missile installation during the Cold War and there is a National Park Service Cold War museum which can be explored as well.

We will depart the Headlands to ride down into nearby Sausalito to enjoy lunch and then shuttle mid-afternoon to San Francisco and into the Fisherman’s Wharf district to check into our hotel. On this evening guests can explore the Wharf or even take a trolley car to explore other nearby areas of the city. San Francisco is a wonderful, amazing town with so much to see and do, plus hundreds of places to dine!

View of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco from the Marin Headlands

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Elevation Profile: +1140 ft / -1380 ft

Day 8 (Monday 10/9): Skyline Boulevard to Santa Cruz
68 miles with up to 7,400 feet of climbing

With a longer and more vertically challenging ride planned for today, we will depart San Francisco early and shuttle a short distance to the start of our ride at the beginning of Skyline Boulevard – a tremendous piece of ridge-top road in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains that offers great views and winds through old growth redwoods forests. The highlight of the day will be a stop in Big Basin Redwoods State Park for lunch and a chance to enjoy the immense old redwoods up close – this area is so beautiful you may not want to leave!

After Big Basin, we will descend along Empire Grade Road through the dense oak woodland to end the day in Santa Cruz at the iconic Municipal Wharf. We will stretch the legs by walking the wharf and perhaps enjoy a post ride snack and beverage before departing Santa Cruz to travel a short distance to our accommodations in Monterey, California. Guests will on-their-own this evening for dinner in Monterrey.

The mighty redwoods in Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz

Elevation Profile: +7400 ft / -8255 ft

Day 9 (Tuesday 10/10): Carmel to Big Sur/17-Mile Drive
Morning Ride: 28 miles with up to 2,310 feet of climbing
Morning Ride EFI: 56 miles with up to 4,200 feet of climbing
Optional Afternoon Ride: 15-20 miles

Today will offer two rides – a morning ride from Carmel to Big Sur and an afternoon ride along the famous 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach to downtown Monterey. The morning ride will be a memorable one as we ride along the rugged California coastline, go across the world famous Bixby Creek Bridge and finally roll into Big Sur where we will have lunch overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean at Pfeiffer Beach. While guides prepare a healthy meal, guests can venture down to the beach to view the mighty rock formations and dip toes into the cold waters.

After lunch, we shuttle back to the Monterey area and then guests will be on-their-own to ride the 17-Mile Drive – an exceptionally scenic road circumnavigating the Monterey Peninsula. You will definitely want to stop many times along the way to take photos and admire the views. Guests then re-group at the hotel where we will enjoy dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments in Monterey.

The Bixby Creek Bridge along US-1 to Big Sur

Lone Cypress along the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach

28 Miles – Elevation Profile: +2130 ft / -2130 ft

Day 10 (Wednesday 10/11): Carmel Valley
41 miles with up to 3,410 feet of climbing

On this last day, guests will enjoy a relaxed ride starting from Carmel to gradually climb up into Carmel Valley. Along the way there will be options to stop at one of the many world-class wineries found in the small village of Carmel Valley to enjoy a wine tasting and perhaps accompanied by a gourmet cheese plate.

From Carmel Valley we continue our climb into the foothills and enjoy tremendous views from above before descending and ending the ride at Mesa Del Sol winery where guides will prepare another delectable lunch and where guests may choose to sample more local wine. After lunch, we will load up the support vehicle and then transfer back to the San Francisco area to end the tour.

Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley

Mesa Del Sol

Elevation Profile: +3410 ft / -2750 ft

California Water into Wine Country Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Tour Support: A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment will support this tour.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

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Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.