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About The Ride

The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk is a one-day cycling event, this year on September 23rd, designed to appeal to every level of rider. We offer a 100-mile route (century), TWO 62-mile route (metric century) -- one "lite" route and a challenge route, a 28-mile route, and a 12-mile route. We also have a short walk around the Yountville Veterans Home for any non-cyclists!

Every participant can count on support from start to finish with rest stops, SAG vehicles, and route monitors. Upon completing the tour, riders are welcomed back by cheering crowds and finish line festivities that include entertainment, a delicious BBQ lunch, and more.

 

Registration Fee Schedule

Each participant will pay a registration fee to secure their place in the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk.  This registration fee helps to pay for the expenses incurred to participate in the event (personal webpage set up, food and support on ride day, permitting of routes, etc.).

All Riders: 
$70 until March 31
$85 from April 1 - June 30
$99 from July 1 - September 17
$150 on Ride Day (September 23, 2017)

Walkers: $35
Persons with ALS: Free, please email cwhitlock@alsagoldenwest.org for discount code.
Virtual Participants (those not able to attend the Ride): Free
Children Under 12: $35 when you enter discount code CHILD at registration (only applicable to children registering to ride) 

Fundraising Minimum

All participants 18 and older are asked to raise a minimum of $150 in donations, in addition to their registration fee, by the day of the event (September 23, 2017). Fundraising for The ALS Association is a very direct way of supporting our mission, but with each person you ask to support you, you are also spreading important awareness for ALS. Fundraising is easy and fun -- and we are here to help you get started and to surpass this fundraising goal!

Rental Bikes

We will have bikes available for rent -- check out all of the details here!

 

About Ride Day

Directions & Parking

The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk will start and finish at the Yountville Veterans Home (220 California Dr, Yountville, CA 94599). Get directions here.

Parking is free and available in designated areas around the Yountville Veterans Home.  When you arrive at the Veterans Home, you will be directed to a parking location.  We will reserve special parking areas for patients with ALS and their families, as well as any other participants who may need special parking.

Check In & Registration


Everyone must check-in upon arrival. Once you’ve checked-in, breakfast foods including coffee, bagels and fresh fruit will be available for all participants. Note: the following times and routes are subject to change. Check back for updates.

 

 

ROUTE

REGISTRATION BEGINS

START TIME

100 Mile

5:45 AM

6:30 AM

62-Mile Challenge 

6:30 AM 

7:30 AM

62-Mile Lite

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

28 Mile

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

12 Mile

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

Walk

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

 

We will open the courses based on the times listed above and will announce when it’s time for each route to begin. Please do not begin before the appointed times as we will not have all of our rest stops or SAG support in place. View all route details here.

 

On the Route

When you check-in, you will get cue sheets for the ride. The route will be marked, but you are responsible for navigating your route. Pay attention to the roads, directions, and cue sheets. Volunteer SAG wagons will be patrolling each route throughout the day. If you need assistance, give the standard "thumbs down" signal to indicate you need support. 

If you need to contact us directly while you're on the route, an emergency hotline number will be shared as we get closer to Ride Day and will be listed on rider bibs and cue sheets. 
If there is a medical emergency, call 911. If you're not sure if you should call 911... CALL 911. For other issues or concerns, please call the number on the cue sheet. 

Rest Stops

Six rest stops and one water-only stop are located throughout the routes. Each stop has porta-potties, water, snacks, and other goodies to help your refuel and re-energize for the next portion of your ride. Don’t forget to thank the incredible volunteers who staff each rest stop! The following Rest Stop and Route info is from 2016 -- it is subject to change for the 2017 ride. Check back for updates.

 

Rest Stop & Routes
 
Opens Closes
Lake Hennessey
(62 Challenge, 100 Mile)
 
8:00AM 11:30AM
Rutherford Ranch
(62 Lite) 
 
8:30AM 10:30AM
Pope Valley Farm Center
(62 Challenge, 100 Mile) 
 
8:45AM   12:45PM 
Frank Family Vineyards
(62 Lite, 100 Mile) 
 
8:45AM  1:00PM 
Fish & Game
(28 Mile, 62 Lite, 62 Challenge, 100 Mile)
 
9:30AM 3:30PM 
Water Stop
(62 Lite, 62 Challenge, 100 Mile) 
 
10:00AM  2:30PM 
Orchard
(12 Mile) 
10:15AM  12:45PM

 

Route Signage

Each route will be marked with road-side signs. These signs will be at all the intersections, turns, and especially to help at any tricky navigation sites. Wherever possible, we will augment these signs with additional markings and if possible, a volunteer to point the way. Please be sure to be consult your cue sheet, in addition to the signage, to keep you on course. 

Mechanical Support

Bike Mechanics will be set up at the Start Line area, and at a few rest stops. Our volunteer mechanics can make simple adjustments, quick bike checks and fix flats. If your bike needs more serious work, please try to visit a Bike Shop prior to Ride Day. 

Weather

The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk will go on, rain or shine! Please check the local forecast before Event Day and we will do our best to keep all participants informed. The ALS Association reserves the right to alter the courses or start times in the case of inclimate weather.

Rider Checklist

Required:
*Helmet - Helmets are REQUIRED for ALL cyclists.
*ID - You’ll need it to check in (and for beer and wine if you’re 21+)
*Cash and/or a Credit Card - Beer and Wine will be available for purchase at the Finish Line

 

Suggested:
Gloves
Sunglasses or other protective eyewear

Tool kit
Spare tubes and/or a patch kit, tire irons
CO2 or mini-pump
Sunscreen and lip balm
Cycling Shoes (if you have them)