We had a cyclist couple in the tasting room last Saturday who had both, the day before, completed the grueling Geysers ride – an unforgiving 18 mile, 3,000 ft climb followed by a steep and very technical descent. Locals was the half-way stop on their “recovery” ride, a thirty mile loop starting in Healdsburg and meandering through Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. Now this route is manageable for all but the most novice rider – a couple of hours at a brisk lick, or a leisurely four hours out in the perfect late summer weather. And, as noted, it also allows for a relaxed tasting at Locals midway along the ride (right after you’ve completed the only climb to speak of) followed by a spot of lunch at Diavola or Catelli’s and then you’re fortified for the home stretch along Rte 128 and up the Alexander Valley Road back into Healdsburg.
If you’re a seasoned cyclist by all means pop your bike on the car rack, squeeze into your Lycra onesie and head on up to try it out. If you’re more of a day-tripper there are a couple of great bike rental services in Healdsburg (Spoke Folk and Wine Country Bikes) with knowledgeable staff to help you with your choice of bicycle and advice for the ride. Why not start out at the plaza after brunch at the Downtown Bakery? … come on, at the very least a sticky bun!
Our intrepid couple popped next door for lunch, got back in the saddle to complete the loop, and then zipped the six miles up 101 by car back to the tasting room to pick up the wine they’d bought, thus wrapping up a comprehensively enjoyable Wine Country weekend.