When do I start the ride?
The Davis Double Century has an open start, you can start whenever you like. We recommend riders start between 4-5am with everyone on the road by 6am. BUT…The rest stops have open/close times and if you wish to have food and water available, you should target your start time to match the rest operating HOURS and your riding speed. Slower riders should start earlier, faster riders should leave later. Only very fast riders should leave after 5am!
Will I need lights?
We strongly recommend that everyone carry lights, front and back. Sunrise will be at 5:50am and sunset at 8:17pm giving the riders 14 hours and 27 minutes of daylight. Civil Daylight will give you 1 hour more. But unexpected delays happen such as flats and mechanical problems. You don’t want to be on course without lights as there are no streetlights on any of the country roads and it will be a moonless night! It will be very dark out there! DO NOT SAG YOUR LIGHTS.
What are the open/close times for the rest stops?
The rest stops are open assuming that riders ride between 10mph to 18mph total time for the course. This is the same as 11mph to 20mph riding speed with 1-2 hours of total time at the rest stops.
|Rest Stop||Hours of Operation|
|VMC Start||4:00am to 5:00am (to 6:00am for very strong riders only)|
|Berryessa #1||6:00am to 8:00am|
|Berryessa #2||8:30am to 10:30am|
|Middletown||10:30am to 1:30pm|
|Lunch, Lower Lake (Russell Rustici Park)||11:30 to 3:30 lunch|
|Resurrection||12:30pm to 5:30pm|
|Guinda F.S.||2:00pm to 8:00pm|
|Forbes Ranch PM||3:00pm to 10:00pm|
|VMC Finish||to midnight|
Will drop bags be available?
Yes, drop bags service will be available.
- You will be allowed to leave a drop bag at the Start/Finish to be SAG’d to either Guinda (RS#6) or Forbes (RS#7).
- You will also be allowed to SAG drop bags forward on course, but only from the first 3 rest stops. Drop bags will not be available after Rest Stop #3. These bags can be delivered to Resurrection (RS#5), Guinda (RS#6), Forbes (RS#7) or the S/F. Your bag will be SAG’d forward after that rest stop closes, so be certain that you consider this in your timing.
- Remember to put your name on your bag so that we can get your stuff back to you. You will be limited to non-critical items, NO WALLETS OR CAR KEYS OR LIGHTS!
Do I need to check in at the Rest Stops?
This year we are instituting a new procedure. The rest stops #1, #4, #6 and the S/F will have rider check in lists. This is for YOUR safety. If you choose not to stop at a rest stop, no problem. But we assume that everyone will stop at lunch. Please remember to check in there.
Is there discounted lodging available in Davis?
The Davis Double Century is always on the 3rd Saturday in May. Unfortunately, the UC Davis School of Law has decided to have their commencement on the same day. As a result, none of the local hotels are willing to offer us a discount rate for our riders as they can sell all their rooms.
Why did you change the course?
We wanted to bring the Davis Double Century into alignment with other doubles and 9 rest stops and a water stop were just too much. So, we eliminated two rest stops and the water stop. This obliged us to modify the course so that we could get the desired spacing between the rest stops. We can’t put a rest stop just anywhere alongside the road. You’ll have a little less time in the valley and a little more time in the hills, but still 500 feet less climbing, mostly better road surfaces, and some great views of Lake Berryessa. Please be aware that rest stops 1-2 are new and rest stops 3-4 have been relocated though very close to their previous locations.
What are the road conditions like?
The back roads of Yolo, Napa and Lake Counties are mostly acceptable to good. But there are some sections that are a bit rough and there is a 4-mile section of hard packed gravel which is rideable with a road bike even with 700×23 tires. (I know because I’ve done it several times, just slow down a bit.) It comes just after Middletown, Rest Stop #3.
Since most of the roads are country roads, there is commonly little to no shoulder but there is also very little traffic. Where there is traffic, there are good shoulders. Please share the road with the drivers and ride single file as much as reasonable. It has been my experience that on these roads, if you are considerate to the drivers, they will return the favor.