Randonnée Portland to San Francisco

Portland has quickly become the cycling capital of North America and is the perfect host city for this randonnée’s depart. Starting near bye in the wine country of the Willamette Valley, the route encompasses the many faces of West Coast riding; the climbs of Highway 101, the dirt roads and unpaved paths of the Rapha Continental and the tranquil expanses of the Humboldt State Forest.

Along the way, riders will stay in the artists’ villages and fishing hamlets of the Oregon and Californian coasts. The final few kilometres of the ride take in the Golden Gate Bridge before a reception at the Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco.

Portland » San Francisco

Dates:

Saturday 2nd August to Tuesday 12th August 2014 – sold out

Saturday 16th August to Tuesday 26th August 2014 – Book this trip »

Key climbs:

Panther Gap, Annapolis Road.

  • Total distance: 862 mi (1,387 km)
  • Total elevation: 75,910 ft (23,137 m)
  • KEY CLIMBS Panther Gap, The Lost Coast, Annapolis Road, Bofax, Mt Tamalpais

Full price of trip (excluding airfare): £3100
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Day 0: Aug 2, Portland and Newberg

Saturday, August 2

Arrive into Portland International Airport and transfer to Newberg (1hr) to our featured hotel. We have chosen The Allison, the ultimate in wine country inns. We will prepare your bikes and have an evening dinner. Your meal and accommodation is included in your package this evening.

Day 1: Aug 3, Newberg to Newport

Stats: 117 miles + 8,376 ft
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We depart Newberg this morning and making our way through the fertile Willamette Valley, passing orchards, vineyards and fields of hops. Today’s route was featured in one of the 2nd Rapha Gentlemen’s Races and we eventually make our way into the deeply forested coastal mountain range before arriving at the Pacific Ocean.

Day 2: Aug 4, Newport to Bandon

Stats: 125 miles + 8,296ft
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From Newport, home of the iconic Oregon brewery, Rogue Ales, we continue south along the rugged coast, with scenic breaks at Cape Perpetua, Heceta Head, Cape Arago and on to our final destination, Bandon Oregon, known for the Bandon Dunes.

Day 3: Aug 5, Bandon to Gold Beach

Stats: 88 miles + 5,000 ft
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With the trade winds at our backs the today, we roll along the rugged southern coastline, passing through wildlife refuges, Cape Blanco lighthouse and Port Orford before arriving at our seaside resort in Gold Beach.

Day 4: Aug 6, Gold Beach to Klamath

Stats: 87 miles + 6,650ft
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Today we cross into California. This stretch of the Oregon coast is as rugged as it gets. We weave in and out along this quiet stretch of Highway 101. Rich in history, this remote coastline was once a bustling fishing center, with numerous fish canneries and large-scale Redwood forest mills. Our final destination is the small village of Requa and the Historic Requa Inn. Built in 1914, this small inn is nestled in one of the longest continuously inhabited places in California. Nestled in the International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, the innkeepers Janet and Marty will welcome us to their lovely property.

Day 5: Aug 7, Klamath to Ferndale, CA

Stats: 90.9 miles + 5,458ft
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We follow some lesser known side roads through the deep Redwood forests today. We cross the mighty Klamath River, filled with salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout, it is one of the most important and longest free-flowing stretches of river on the west coast. We will follow in the footsteps of the fur trappers and Gold Rush miners as we make our way to the gateway of the Redwood Empire. We pass through Eureka and continue to the small Victorian village of Ferndale.

Day 6: Aug 8, Ferndale to Garberville

Stats: 97 miles + 11,250 ft
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We go off the map today and head deep in the coastal wild-land to follow the famed Lost Coast Road through some of the most secluded regions of California. After we spend nearly 65 miles in this isolated region, we finally emerge into the remarkable Humboldt Redwoods and the Avenue of the Giants, a scenic route aptly named due to the towering redwood trees along this historical road.

Day 7: Aug 9, Garberville to Mendocino

Stats: 79 miles +  9,108 ft
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We wind our way along the Eel River before heading towards the coast again via the Redwoods and One Highways. We land at the ocean at Fort Bragg, founded prior to the American Civil War and a picturesque rugged California town. We take a quick short side- trip to one of many lighthouses along this remote coastline, before we wrap up today’s ride in the artist colony of Mendocino. Enjoy a glass of Mendocino Pinot at the Cal-French restaurant Cafe Beaujolais this evening.

Day 8: Aug 10, Mendocino to Timber Cove

Stats: 96.7 miles + 12,166 ft
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A tailwind follows us along the picturesque coastline today and we take a few side roads and short deviations along the way before we climb steeply into the heart of the coastal mountains. An inspirational day with remarkably quiet and scenic riding indeed.

Day 9: Aug 11, Timber Cove to San Francisco

Stats: 101.5 miles +10,380ft
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Our last stage takes us along the scenic Sonoma Coastline, following Highway One through the quaint villages of Bodega Bay, Tomales, Point Reyes and Bolinas. We will climb a favorite local road in Mt Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, before passing through Sausalito. We finally cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco for a celebratory reception at the San Francisco Cycle Club.

Day 10: Aug 12, San Francisco

Airport departures and transfers today. No riding scheduled.

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