The Gourmet Century returns to the beautiful terrain of Northern California. Our event starts and ends in the small town of Healdsburg, CA and takes our riders through the storied vineyard covered hills of Sonoma County’s wine country. With the clean light of a Californian autumn as their beacon our riders will cover around ~100 kilometers of quiet back roads, seldom traveled climbs, and picturesque descents while feasting along the way on food made by some of the regions most respected chefs.
We recommend that riders bring a capable road or touring bike. The route has two climbing sections where a wide selection of gears will be helpful. Bring your essential riding gear; shoes, helmet, shorts, etc. The weather should be temperate and comfortable but bring along a windbreaker, a light jacket or some arm warmers just in case. Be sure to check the most up to date forecast before packing for the event. We recommend that you ride with at least two full water bottles or a full hydration pack and bring the necessary materials needed for common ride mechanicals. Riders should bring a change of clothes for dinner so you can be comfortable and casual during your meal. Onsite showers will not be available.
HOW TO PREPARE
Please take a look at the day's ride, it is just over 62 miles with 2800' of climbing. Make sure that your bicycle is in good working order and that you have the equipment you need for a day in the saddle. Temperatures may be cool in the morning but you should expect it to be between 70-90 degrees by the afternoon. We recommend that you keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately. Be prepared with water bottles and tools, while there will be course sweepers on route, having your own flat fix and emergency repair supplies will help you to make the most out of your Sonoma Gourmet Century experience.
Breakfast service will begin at 8am on Saturday morning where riders will be treated to a wide selection of delicious options. Please be sure to get to the Alexander Valley Hall early in order to give yourself ample time to enjoy breakfast. All riders will need to be on the road by 9:30am.
Snack Stop -
Riders will encounter our brunch stop located at Raymond Burr Vineyards at mile 19 where you will have the chance to refill your water and snack on a selection of small delicious offerings.
Lunch will take place at Arnaut Roberts Winery, 35 miles into the ride. Matt Accarino and his staff from SPQR will be preparing a savory BBQ Beef Brisket lunch with a quinoa and mixed grain salad, roasted squash, cookies and granola bars. Additionally we will have a wide assortment of refreshments including cold brew coffee for you to enjoy while lunching on the wineries' rustic grounds.
Afternoon Snack -
47 miles in, riders will arrive at Shiloh Ranch State Park where you will be treated to an afternoon pizza snack prepared by Michael Gyetvan of Pizzeria Azzuro. Refreshments and cold brew coffee will be available to give you that extra bit of energy to help carry you back to the Alexander Valley Hall for dinner.
Once back at the Alexander Valley Hall riders will need to strictly abide their assigned seating times. Each dinner seating will be preceded by a cocktail hour where we will be serving wine and beer. Cocktail hour start at 2:30pm and 5:00pm with the first dinner seating starting at 3:30pm followed by another seating at 6:00pm.