Water break at Bloomfield -- the 41 mile mark

Water break at Bloomfield — the 41 mile mark

The weather couldn’t have been better as my whole family joined 500 other cyclists for a spin this past Saturday on the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s first-ever iBike Sonoma County Century. I’d ridden a couple of local charity events — the Wine Country Century and Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo (the 100 km option for both) — but this was the first one that we all rode. Although we initially considered doing the 100 mile option, we had decided that the 100 km ride would be safer and that was a decent choice, especially since we were riding mountain bikes and a hybrid — the only ones in the ride — and we felt comfortably tired instead of wiped out by the end. My son was still going strong when we rolled into finish and probably could have ridden many more miles.

We thought the Bike Coalition put together a nice event and hope they get a lot more riders next year. In contrast to the other two events I’ve ridden, there was no mass start as we left Coddingtown in northwest Santa Rosa, so the beginning felt a bit more laid back. Our route took us first to the Whole Foods on Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa, then into the country as we climbed Bennett Valley and over the ridge of Sonoma Mountain to Petaluma Hill Road. We cycled on to Petaluma and another break at the Whole Foods (they were the major sponsor) before going west and back to mostly quiet country roads. We rode to another stop in Sebastopol, then looped northwest and back to Coddingtown at the 64.5 mile mark.

Congratulations to everyone who rode and to the Bike Coalition for a successful event. And a huge thank you to our friends and family who generously donated for my son’s ride! We’re all looking forward to doing more long rides soon.

The finish line!

The finish line!