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Mendocino County Offering Two Separate Century Bike Rides



As the excitement has ended with the Amgen tour of California, Mendocino county has two different dates set-up for the bike enthusiast. On Saturday, June 8, there will be the Redwood  and Vine Metric Century Bike Ride and then on Sunday, June 9, there will be the Mendocino Monster Century Bike Ride.

The Redwood and Vine Metric Century Bike Ride will be offering an unforgettable cycling experience with rugged coastline and ocean views, a journey through the Redwoods, wine tasting in one of Northern California’s hidden appellations, great food and the unforgettable custom beers of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company.

Begin at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company, turning right onto Highway 128. Pass through the lovely town of Boonville. At mile 1.7, Turn left onto Schoenahl and then immediately right onto Anderson Valley Way which is more or less a frontage road for Highway 128 and enjoy your morning ride over rolling hills and through the beautiful vineyards of the Anderson Valley. At approximately 10 miles into your ride, turn left onto Philo Greenwood road and past the entrance to Hendy Woods State Park. This is where your climb will begin. You will proceed uphill through a tunnel of forest for 5 miles and will gain around 1300 ft. Once at the top the ride takes you on a fast roller coaster of steep hills along this coastal ridge line before beginning a steep descent into the town of Elk. A “fluids” stop is available TAKE CAUTION on this descent. It is short but parts of it are very steep with sharp curves. Alert other riders if you are slowing or if you intend to stop. Avoid any pine needles or other forest debris on the road. Turn left onto famous highway 1 and proceed through the town of Elk. Feel free to stop and take in the rugged coastal view. The Aid Station is less than a mile through the town of Elk on the left hand side at the Catholic Church. Stock up on snacks and fluids here. The next aid station will be approximately 20 miles away at Navarro Winery. From the lunch stop in Elk, you are treated to a ride up the coast before turning left back onto highway 128 after crossing the Navarro River outlet. If you brought a tail light, it’s time to turn it on! You are leaving the sunny coast and entering a towering forest of ancient redwoods. There is a rustic campground towards the end of the redwood grove that has a restroom but no potable water. As you leave the redwoods behind, get ready to sample some of the best wines in California. From big Zins, to delicate Pinot Noirs with some incredible vintages in between, your wrist band is your passport to our hosting wineries. The course double backs on Highway 128 so the rolling hills will be familiar with the course flattening out some towards Boonville. Pedal back to the finish for a complimentary Microbrew and a personal Pizza to put the finishing touch on your route!

This event starts at 8:00 am and the cost is $75.  For inquiries email:

The Mendocino Monster Century Bicycle Ride, is happening on June 9, 2013

There are three rides this year – the Scary Monster is 100 miles (160 kilometers) and includes 9200 feet of climbing – the Hairy Monster is 62 miles (100 kilometers) and includes 6900 feet of climbing – and new this year is the Merry Monster which is 26 miles (41 kilometers) with 750 feet of climbing. 

All rides depart and finish from Mendocino College, just to the north of Ukiah in Mendocino County, California. Both the Scary Monster and the Hairy Monster take you over quiet country roads and include challenging ridge top climbs with stunning panoramas of Mendocino County. Both the Scary and Hairy travel through beautiful redwood groves and pastoral farmland, and if you choose the Scary Monster, you’ll also get to ride along the Pacific Ocean. 

The Merry Monster is a beautiful easy ride that goes through some beautiful countryside with vineyard views and peaceful farmlands. 

All three of these rides are really well organized with outstanding rest stops, great food, full SAG vehicle support and a great barbecue meal at the end of the ride.

  • Scary Monster –  The Scary Monster leaves Mendocino College and heads west over Orr Springs Road with a big climb. It then drops down into the redwoods and heads to the quaint town of Comptche. After Comptche, you continue west all the way to the coast. You then ride along the coast for a bit before looping back east again and eventually climbing up the backside of Orr Springs and then back to Mendocino College. This route is about 100 miles (actually 96.8 miles or 155.8 kilometers) and includes 9200 ft of climbing.
  • Hairy Monster – The Hairy Monster also leaves Mendocino College and heads west over Orr Springs Road with the same big climb. You then drop into the redwoods and head to the quaint town of Comptche. At Comptche, instead of heading farther west to the coast you turn around and head back through the redwoods before climbing up the backside of Orr Springs and then back to Mendocino College. This route is basically a metric (100 kilometers) century (actually 61.7 miles or 99.3 kilometers) and includes 6900 ft of climbing.
  • Merry Monster - The Merry Monster also leaves Mendocino College, but then heads east and north into Redwood Valley, making a loop around the valley, past many vineyards and farm lands and country homes. The vistas are beautiful. You’ll return to Mendocino College on a different route to complete your loop. This route is about 26 miles (actually 25.5 miles or 41 kilometers) and includes 750 ft of climbing.

We provide conveniently located rest stops with lots of great food and drink. All rest stops will have rest room facilities.

We also have well organized SAG support, which will be available to help you if you are too tired to finish or need mechanical help. All our SAG personnel are also licensed HAM radio operators, which allows good communcation in the many areas of our route without cell phone reception.

The registration fee for all three rides includes a wonderful barbecue meal at the end of the ride (with a vegetarian option, of course). Extra meals for friends and relatives of riders can be purchased at the time of registration.

Both the Scary Monster and Hairy Monster rides are $75.00 ($65.00 if you register by April 7, 2013) and include great rest stops with really good food and drink, SAG support, goodie bag, event t-shirt and barbecue dinner at the finish.

The Merry Monster is $50.00 ($40.00 if you register by April 7, 2013 or $25.00 for riders less than 18 years old) and also includes great rest stops with really good food and drink, SAG support, goodie bag, event t-shirt and barbecue dinner at the finish.

For inquiries for Mendocino Monster Century Bike Ride call 707-485-0158.

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