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 (at B Street) in Davis. The route heads out of Davis on the usual flat “warmup” in the Valley but does not go north of County Road 27 and back again. Instead it continues west on R27 to County Road 89, then turns south per the previous route. There is no morning rest stop at Forbes Ranch. The first rest stop will be after Winters.
The first rest stop will be two miles before Monticello Dam. This is the only change from the 2022 route. The first climb will be heading up to the dam. After the dam comes the climb up Cardiac Hill and on to Moscowite Corner (Hwy 121 junction) and Capell Valley. The next rest stop has been moved further along to the shore of Lake Berryessa. At the Turtle Rock Cafe, you will turn right off the original course, on Berryessa-Knoxville Road to the west side of Lake Berryessa with good views and good road surface. The second rest stop is now at the intersection of Berryessa-Knoxville and Pope Canyon Roads. The route then follows Pope Canyon back to the original route, Pope Valley Road, heading northwest through rolling hills northeast of the Napa Valley. The route becomes somewhat more hilly as it continues north into Lake County, and then flattens out for the approach to the third rest stop in Middletown, around Mile 94. This RS 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 is no water stop at Big Canyon. After Big Canyon, the route turns east onto Seigler Canyon Road and then Highway 29 to the lunch stop at Russell Rustici Park in Lower Lake (not at the high school).
From Lower Lake, the route turns north on Highway 53, then east onto Highway 20. This road includes the long climb to the top of Resurrection with another rest stop, and to a long, fast descent to Bear Creek where you turn south at the junction of Highway 16 toward Cache Creek Canyon which takes you east and then south into the beautiful Capay Valley and the rest stop at Guinda.
From Guinda, the route continues south past the Cache Creek Casino and east through the town of Capay to turn off of busy Highway 16 before Esparto. County roads take you to the last rest stop at Forbes Ranch. From there, the route zigzags southeast through farmland to the finish in Davis. (We no longer have a rest stop at West Plainfield.)
View the RideWithGPS map. The total distance is 194.8 miles and 8958 feet of climbing. Feel free to upload this route to your navigation device, but remember that road or weather conditions may require 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 GPS devices or navigational apps. Paper cue sheets will also be available at the Start/Finish.