Heads west across the valley floor before climbing into the wooded hills around Graton and Occidental. After descending to the Russian River at Monte Rio, the route meanders through rolling terrain along the sides of the river valley.
There are several climbs…some long but gradual, some short but steep. At about mile 44, the forested hills give way to the vineyards of the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys. Aside from the fairly substantial climb on Chalk Hill near the end, the remainder of the route is flat or rolling, and beautiful!
Map here. Interactive map with GPS tracking here. GPS tracks are for informational use only; use them with caution. Ride safely and exercise good judgment. The official route is shown on the printed maps.
Their site says 3300 feet of climbing while the interactive map they link to says 5371. That’s a huge difference. Normally I wouldn’t care, but since I plan to ride another century on Sunday, I would prefer it was the former.
The weather is looking like it’s going to cooperate unlike last year when it rained miserably all weekend. Should be fun.