This ride is awesome on hot summer days. The ride starts at the intersection of Hwy 116 and Bohemian Hwy in Monte Rio. On the south side of the Russian RIver is Moscow road. This hidden little gem is deeply forested, flat and largely forgotten. It parallels the river all the way to Duncans Mills. There are no shoulders or bike lanes but with low traffic it is great for anyone who wants a lesiure ride along the river.
Martinelli Road Two-fer
The routes that I have compiled on this page are by no means the only places to ride. They are based on a four hour minimum rental. As you page down the level of difficulty increases. So pick the one that looks like fun and let your adventure begin
Riding the Russian River
Monte Rio to Duncans Mills to Cazadero
This is my personal favorite. I would reserve this one for more experienced cyclists. This is a road with zero shoulder and more traffic than the two previous routes. I recommend this for a morning ride. It is a stunning ride through the Russian River valley. As you approach the town of Healdsburg there is an option for West Dry Creek Road. A bit narrower but also a bit less traffic. These two roads are freshly resurfaced and have only gently rolling hills. From my shop the Westside road section to Healdsurg is thirteen miles one way. West Dry Creek is an additional ten miles. At any point you can turn it around and start back.
This route is designed for folks that want just a little taste of what bike riding is like in West Sonoma County. You get two bikes for two hours for $40. You leave from my shop and head out Martinelli Rd. This is a spectacular three mile road that connects River Rd to Hwy 116. If you have never been cycling in Tuscany (neither have I) but I bet this is a close as you can get and still get good wine. Just before reaching hwy 116 you will find Hartford Family Wines. Present you map and get a two for one tasting. This offer is first come first serve (no reservations) so please call ahead.
If your needing a few more miles the next leg of this ride is to Cazadero. As you leave Duncans Mills head east on River Rd Hwy 116. About one mile up you will come to a left turn for Austin Creek Rd. This narrow road stays flat for about six miles. When it crosses Cazadero Hwy it begins to climb. Round trip is about thirty miles.
West County Regional Trail
This is by far our most popular route. The bike path goes from the town of Forestville to the town of Sebastopol. This ride is great for kids and beginners. With only small sections exposed to traffic and lots of attractions you are sure to have a great time. The distance one way is about six fairly flat miles and passes wineries, cafes, and vineyards.
Westside Out and Back