This ain't no cookie ride. The Napa9 is a gnarly, all-day leg-ripper over most of the big climbs in the Napa Valley. You'll be battling not only fellow cyclists, but also your own desire to lay down your bike and crawl whimpering and defeated into the SAG wagon. Sounds like fun, right?
(On October 9, 2017 the wildfires burned 8 of our 9 climbs; this ride will carry special meaning for all our local cyclists and first responders.)
The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) provides, trains, and manages three (3) School Resource Officers (SRO) to high schools and middle schools. The YSB is also responsible for the development and management of the Napa Community Youth Services Diversion Program. It is the goal of the Napa Community Youth Diversion Program to work in partnership with the community by assisting youth who are exhibiting at –risk behaviors, which if not addressed may lead to criminal behavior. YSB focuses on delivering quality programs which in turn inspire youth to make positive changes in their lives while taking responsibility for their actions.
The Napa9 was first attempted (and completed by 3 riders) in the sizzling heat of July 2016. For his "retirement party," Napa Police Officer Ken Chapman organized a small group of experienced, and some would say crazy, cyclists to help raise money for the Napa Police Youth Services Bureau. Along the way, $10,000 was raised for the YSB and an epic event in Napa Valley was born.
So you do think you've got what it takes to tackle the Napa9. Sign up today and start your training. Space is limited to only 40 cyclists. A portion of all registration fees goes to help the Napa Police Youth Services Bureau. If you want to help the cause but don’t wish to ride, we've also made it easy to make a donation.
The route is 125 miles and boasts a whooping 13K-13.5K (depends on whose Garmin you look at) of climbing. The ride sends you up several of the steepest climbs (and down the steepest descents) in Napa Valley. Wild Horse Valley starts the day, followed by Mt. George, Atlas Peak, which is the longest climb at 8.3 miles and Soda Canyon, where the views are as spectacular as the steepness as you grind your way to the top.View the Route Download the GPX Route
This ride takes both physical and mental toughness. Only experienced cyclists who have done multiple rides of six to nine hours over extremely challenging terrain and weather conditions should ride. The recent Napa Valley winter has taken a toll on the roads—some of the descents are on very rough and pot-holed filled pavement; it takes a very skilled rider to navigate these safely.
While not trying to scare anyone away, we want to be honest about what it takes to complete this ride. In a way, we hope this intrigues those looking for a massive challenge and have experience doing these types of events and want to add a new "epic" day to their collection (so to speak).
|The Climb||Distance||Elevation Gain||Max Elevation||Avg Grade||Max Grade|
|1. Wild Horse Valley Road||2.4 miles||1,210 ft||1,603 ft||9.6%|
|2. Mt George||3.3 miles||1,100 ft||1,320 ft||6.5%|
|3. Atlas Peak Road||8.3 miles||1,970 ft||2,120 ft||4.1%|
|4. Soda Canyon Road||6.1 miles||1,340 ft||1,420 ft||6.1%||21%|
|5. Triangle at Lake Hennessey||4 miles||600 ft||940 ft||3.4%|
|6. Oakville Grade||1 mile||674 ft||908 ft||9%||23.4%|
|7. Trinity Road to the County Line||2 miles||855 ft||1,402 ft||9.3%|
|8. Mt. Veeder (north to south)||4.1 miles||900 ft||1,380 ft||3.5%|
|9. Partrick Road||4 miles||1,300 ft||1,450 ft||6.1%|
Napa9 will have a lead SAG and a follow SAG. Mostly, you are on own your own until you meet up at our support stops with water and nutrition. We ask that you study the maps, upload the course to your cycling computer, and make sure you are confident about knowing where you are going. that said, there are not too many turns and it's hard to get lost in this small valley that is only 5 miles wide and 26 miles long.
September in Napa is usually cool(er) in the morning but it is still technically summer so once the sun comes up it can get warm, if not hot. Layers are key! We will have bags in the SAG vehicles so you can drop any vests, arm or knee warmers you don’t need once it warms up.
5-6 pm: Check in at Napa Valley Velo
6 am: Ride start with a police escort. Downtown Napa in front of the courthouse; corner of Main Street and Third Street. There is an all day parking lot on the corner of Coombs and Third St. There is also an all day parking garage on the Fifth and Main St. (Parking Map)
5-8 pm:. Finish, Festivities & Dinner (location TBD).
After you finish your day in the saddle we will have great food (and beverages) awaiting you. The best part of the day is to share the stories of your ride with friends and commiserate about how much your legs are going to hurt the next day. Bringing a non-riding friend? He or she can join the festivities—we are offering a guest pass to purchase for our post ride party. #Pizza #Beer
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