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Portland has become the cycling capital of North America and is the perfect host city for this Randonnée’s depart. Starting nearby 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.
- Groups of 15 riders
- Unique routes, curated by Rapha riders
- Six to nine nights accommodation
- Discounts on Rapha apparel
- Meticulous planning and logistical support
- Ride guides, mechanic and soigneur support
- Massage and laundry
- Single-occupancy accommodation
- Jaguar support cars
It exceeded all my highest expectations and I look forward to many RAPHA cycling trips in the future.
The level of care and attention lavished on each and every rider, quite obviously had no bearing on individual abilities.
I am here to tell you, from personal experience, that you will be cossetted, encouraged and supported every step of the way. And believe it or not, despite a constant diet of discovering leg muscles you never knew you had, you will return to normality much the better for the experience.
In Oklahoma we have a saying that people who care and help each other, they have what is called “The Oklahoma Standard”. The way we were able to work and ride together through those difficult days reminds me of who we struggle not only to get ourselves to the line but to make sure everyone else got to the line too…this can now be considered the 'Rapha Standard'.
Arrival day: Portland
Arrive into Portland International Airport and transfer to the vibrant city center of Portland (35min) to our featured hotel, The Ace Portland. We have chosen The Ace Hotel for it’s Northwest signature style and prime location to downtown Portland. This evening we will dine as a group and prepare for our early AM transfer to the Willamette Valley.
Day 1: Portland — Newport
Stats: 117 miles (188km), and 8,376 ft (2,705m) of climbing
We depart Portland this morning and make our way through the fertile Willamette Valley, passing orchards, vineyards and fields of hops. Today’s route was featured in the second Rapha Gentlemen’s Race. Eventually, we pass into the deeply forested coastal mountain range before arriving at the Pacific Ocean.
Day 2: Newport — Bandon
Stats: 125 miles (200km), and 8,296ft (2,550m) of climbing
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, pushing on to our final destination, Bandon Oregon, known for the Bandon Dunes.
Day 3: Bandon — Gold Beach
Stats: 88 miles (140km), and 5,000 ft (1,500m) of climbing
With the trade winds at our backs the today, we roll along the rugged southern coastline, passing through wildlife refuges, past the Cape Blanco lighthouse and Port Orford before arriving at our seaside resort stop-over in Gold Beach.
Day 4: Gold Beach — Klamath
Stats: 87 miles (140km), and 6,650ft (2,000m) of climbing
Today we cross into California, but the stretch of the Oregon coast before we do 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 centre, 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 an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, and one of the longest continuously inhabited places in California. Innkeepers Janet and Marty will welcome us to their lovely property.
Day 5: Klamath — Ferndale
Stats: 91 miles (146km), and 5,458ft (1,650m) of climbing
Today we follow some lesser-known side roads through the deep Redwood forests, and cross the mighty Klamath River. Filled with salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout, it’s one of the most important and longest free-flowing stretches of river on the west coast. Following in the footsteps of the fur trappers and Gold Rush miners, we will make our way to the gateway of the Redwood Empire, before passing through Eureka and the small Victorian village of Ferndale.
Day 6: Ferndale — Garberville
Stats: 97 miles (156km), and 11,250 ft (3,450m) of climbing
We go off map today, and head deep in the coastal wilderness 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 historic, scenic route aptly named due to the towering trees lining the road.
Day 7: Garberville — Mendocino
Stats: 79 miles (127km), and 9,108 ft (2,800m) of climbing
We wind our way along Eel River before heading towards the coast again via the Redwoods Highway and Highway One. We land at the ocean at Fort Bragg, a picturesque, rugged California frontier town founded prior to the American Civil War. From here there’s a quick side step to one of many lighthouses along this remote coastline, before we wrap up the day’s ride in the artist colony of Mendocino and enjoy a glass of Mendocino Pinot at the Cal-French restaurant Café Beaujolais.
Day 8: Mendocino — Timber Cove
Stats: 96.7 miles (156km), and 12,166 ft (3,700m) of climbing
A tailwind follows us along the picturesque coastline today and we take a few side roads and short deviations before we climb steeply into the heart of the coastal mountains. An inspirational day with remarkably quiet and scenic riding.
Day 9: Timber Cove — San Francisco
Stats: 101.5 miles (163km), and 10,380ft (3,150m) of climbing
Our last stage takes us on Highway One along the scenic Sonoma Coastline, 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. Finally, we make the crossing of the splendid Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco for a celebratory reception at the Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco.
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