2023 Davis Double Century Route Description

Overview of the 2023 Davis Double route. Note that this information is tentative for 2023, and is subject to change up to ride day.  THE ROUTE IS THE SAME AS FOR 2022, BUT DIFFERENT FROM YEARS PRIOR TO THAT. SO PLEASE REVIEW THE ROUTE CAREFULLY.

The following is the route description calling out course changes from years prior to 2022.

As in previous years, the ride starts from the Veterans Memorial Center, at 305 East 14th Ave in Davis. The route heads out of Davis on the usual flat “warmup” in the Valley but does not go to Woodland, instead turns west on to county road 27, then turns south on county road 89, (the usual route). You will not pass the The Forbes Ranch rest stop, it has been closed.

After passing through passing through Winters, the riders will approach their first climb as they head up to Monticello Dam. The first rest stop will be 1 mile before the dam. This is the only change from the 2022 route. The riders will climb over Cardiac Hill and on to Capay Valley, (Capay Valley rest stop is closed). Instead, at the Turtle Rock Cafe, you will turn right off the original course, on to Berryessa road and ride along the west side of Lake Berryessa. Good views and good road surface. Then you will find the second rest stop at the intersection of Knoxville and Pope Canyon Rds. The route then travels along Pope Canyon to rejoin the original route, heading north  through rolling hills along the eastern edge of Napa Valley. The route becomes somewhat more hilly as it continues north into Lake County. Then the road flattens out for the approach to the third rest stop, in Middletown, around Mile 94, which has been relocated to Middletown Square Park.

After Middletown, the route heads up scenic Big Canyon. Four miles of this road are hard-pack dirt, perfectly suitable for riding. The ride throughout the dirt stretch is a very gradual grade with small, gentle rollers. There will be no water stop at Big Canyon. After Big Canyon, the route turns east onto Seigler Canyon Road and Highway 29 to the lunch stop at Russell Rustici Park in Lower Lake, not at the high school.

From Lower Lake, riders head north on Highway 53, then east onto Highway 20. This road leads to another rest stop and the long climb to the top of Resurrection, and finally, to a long, fast descent to Highway 16 and the Cache Creek Canyon. The route runs south through the canyon into the beautiful Capay Valley and the rest stop at Guinda.

From Guinda, the route continues south past the Cache Creek Casino to Esparto, and soon after, Forbes Ranch. From Forbes Ranch, the route zig zags southeast through farmland to the finish in Davis. (The rest stop in West Plainfield is closed.)

View the Ride with GPS map. This route is now final. The total distance is 194.8 miles and 8958 feet of climbing. Feel free to upload this route to your navigation device with the caveat that road or weather conditions may force us to change the route at the last minute. If there are any last minute changes, they will be posted to this RWGPS link. We will send you a pdf version of the cue sheet for printing for those of you who prefer not to rely on your Wahoo or Garmin GPS devices. A cue sheet will also be available at the Start/Finish.