Easier Rides Under 25 Miles

A compilation of shorter rides in the Davis area.

Russell Bike Path (Terri Richardson and Paul Meredith)

Here are some ride ideas for beginning cyclists, or for anyone who has a only a limited amount of time to spend on a ride.  Or perhaps you’re looking for a short ‘recovery’ spin after that tough century that you did yesterday.

A couple of considerations:

  • Every ride has to start and end somewhere.  We tried to pick start/finish locations based on the logistics of the route.  Adjust your trip accordingly.
  • It is really difficult to create user-friendly cue sheets for rides that traverse bike paths. So we’ve routed most journeys through town and campus on roads.  In the city of Davis, most main roads have striped bike lanes or are otherwise bicycle-friendly. As you become familiar with the bike path system, adjust your route accordingly.
Exploring Davis

Please contact the Club Cartographer if you want to add a favorite ride to the library, if you find something that needs to be updated or corrected, or just have something nice to say.

Ride name Highlights Start Route type Miles Terrain RWGPS link
Davis Bike Loop Davis Greenbelt many loop 12 flat Info
Bike Tour of Historic Davis Landmark buildings of Davis and the University; College Park; Avenue of the Trees Central Park loop 10 flat Map/Cue
Two Cemeteries and a University South Davis; Tremont Cemetery; a bit of campus; Davis Cemetery Covell & Poleline loop 17 flat Map/Cue
Pedrick Farm Market Loop Russell Bike Path, Stevenson Bridge, Pedrick Farm Market, a bit of campus Lake & Russell loop 20 flat Map/Cue
Davisville-Silveyville Pony Express The Four S’s: Stevenson, Sievers, Schroeder, Silveyville; a bit of Pony Express history Lake & Russell loop 24 flat Map/Cue
Flying Solo Loop out to the Yolo County Airport Lyndell Terrace loop 16 flat Map/Cue
Flying Double Loop around Yolo County and University Airports; Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Lyndell Terrace loop 21 flat Map/Cue
The Birds and the Bees (aka Sheep Barn Loop) A spin around some of the Animal Science facilities of UCD Lyndell Terrace loop 10 flat Map/Cue
Angry Elf Goes for Coffee in Dixon From Peets on Covell to Solano Baking Co in Dixon; Davis-Dixon Bikeway Covell & Sycamore outnback 25 flat Map/Cue
Landfill Loop Peets Covell & Sycamore loop 15 flat Map/Cue
Davis to Discovery Park I-80 Causeway; West Sacramento; Tower Bridge; Old Sac; Discovery Park Mace P&R outnback 25 flat Map/Cue
Casual Ride to WInters Russell Bike Path, Stevenson Bridge, Putah Creek Road Lake & Russell outnback 24 flat Map/Cue
Backroads of Winters Quiet backroads south of Winters Winters loop 23 flat Map/Cue
Cache Creek Nature Preserve Cache Creek Nature Preserve Lyndell Terrace outnback 30 flat Map/Cue
Disclaimer:  Bicycle riding comes with inherent risk.  All maps, rides and other documents listed here are for informational purposes only. The Davis Bicycle Club and the authors of any maps assume no liability for the information provided.  Research the local riding conditions before you embark on a ride.  Road conditions, weather conditions, and traffic densities vary constantly.