Western States Tour

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12 Day(s)
850 Miles
avg 77 Miles
Hosted

The first section of the Cross Country Challenge travels 850 miles in 11 cycling days (12 total). Ride over the Sierras and through the Nevada high desert from San Francisco CA to Salt Lake City UT.

Western States Tour begins with a climb over the ridge from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. After the ceremonial wheel dip, we head north over the Golden Gate Bridge and work our way through the golden colored hills just south of Napa Valley. Riding through some of California’s fertile farmland, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the local products, including strawberries, cherries, Jelly Belly Beans, and In-N-Out Burgers. It is all about the food! And you will need it as we begin our climb into the Sierra Mountains. After a SAG stop on the shores of Folsom Lake, the route heads up into Auburn for the night. Sleep well because the next day we climb up over Donner Pass. It is well worth the effort as you will be rewarded with the views of Donner Lake surrounded by the snow-capped Sierras and an exhilarating descent down into Truckee. Riding along the top of Lake Tahoe, we cross into Nevada and head towards an 8.5 mile climb up Mount Rose. Be sure to stop and take in the views on the way up. Overlooks provide one last look at the Sierras and Lake Tahoe, definitely picture worthy. Once on the summit, it’s downhill into Sparks and the high desert in bloom. You will ride through wide open vistas with distant mountains and sage covered ranch lands. We’ll have one of the best breakfasts on tour at the Cowpoke Cafe. If the timing is right, you can catch a rodeo in Winnemucca. Reaching the eastern border of Nevada, the route heads into Utah, across the Bonneville Salt Flats and well-earned celebration in Salt Lake City.


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Tour Location

Country:
USA
Region:
Mountains (MT ID WY UT CO)|Pacific West (CA NV OR WA)
From:
San Francisco, CA
To:
Salt Lake City, UT

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Duration:
12 Days
Terrain:
On-road only
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Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 3550

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
850 Miles
Riding Days:
11
Month(s):
June
Departure:
6th Jun 2020

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: $600

Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner included for all days except day 0
Daily cue sheets and maps
Daily SAG stops with refreshments
Mechanical Support
Rolling Bike Shop
Luggage Transportation

Exclusions

Lunch
Airfare

Options

Ride the full tour or another section

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