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Got what it takes
to tackle the 9?

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 the 9 peaks, but also your own desire to lay down your bike and crawl whimpering and defeated into the SAG wagon. Sounds like fun, right?

feet of Climbing
Sunday, October 17th, 2021
Napa Valley, California

Why we ride

Raising money for the Napa Police Youth Services Bureau

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 Ride

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 30 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.


Cyclist with a portion of your proceeds going to the Youth Services Bureau

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The Course

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.

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Who Should Ride

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 9 Peaks

The Climb Distance Elevation Gain Max Elevation Avg Grade Max Grade
Climb Description 1. Wild Horse Valley Road 2.4 miles 1,210 ft 1,603 ft 9.6%
Climb Description 2. Mt George 3.3 miles 1,100 ft 1,320 ft 6.5%
Climb Description 3. Atlas Peak Road 8.3 miles 1,970 ft 2,120 ft 4.1%
Climb Description 4. Soda Canyon Road 6.1 miles 1,340 ft 1,420 ft 6.1% 21%
Climb Description 5. Triangle at Lake Hennessey 4 miles 600 ft 940 ft 3.4%
Climb Description 6. Oakville Grade 1 mile 674 ft 908 ft 9% 23.4%
Climb Description 7. Trinity Road to the County Line 2 miles 855 ft 1,402 ft 9.3%
Climb Description 8. Mt. Veeder  (north to south) 4.1 miles 900 ft 1,380 ft 3.5%
Climb Description 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.

  • Soda Canyon Store on Silverado Trail
  • Boat Ramp at Lake Hennessy (after you descend 128)
  • Lokoya Fire Station
  • At the top of Mount Veeder


The fall 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.

  • For safety purposes, we ask that all cyclists have flashing rear lights and front lights on their bikes as we start when the sun has yet to rise.
  • Be Bright! The 80s are back in style so wear your fashionably loud kits and be seen out there on the roads!
  • Two tubes, Co2, and your normal bike support tool kit/bike bag.
  • Vest and knee/arm warmers for the AM start
  • All cyclists are required to sign a waiver when they check-in; you will not be able to ride if you do not submit a waiver.


Sunday: October 17th

5:30 am: Arrival and check in at Napa River Velo, 680 Main Street. Park at the Courthouse parking lot, 3rd and Coombs.

6:15 am: Safety Briefing

6:30 am: Police Escort Departure


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