Solano Century

Wednesday, May 24, 2016

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This route goes across the Benicia-Martinez Bridge into Solano County for a fairly flat century ride out to Winters. It heads north through Cordelia and Fairfield to Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. It continues through the beautiful Vaca Valley out to the nut and fruit orchards along Putah Creek for a lunch stop in Winters. The return includes a scenic run through the flats around the orchards and agricultural fields to the rolling English Hills for a climb up east Cantelow Rd.

Head north on Morello Ave to the outskirt of Martinez to Pacheco Blvd towards the refinery on Shell Ave.

The RR Xing on Mococo Rd leads to the Benicia-Martinez Bridge Trail; it crosses Carquinez Strait with scenic views of the blue waterway and Franklin Hills. The path climbs for about a mile with an average grade of 4% followed by a quick descent onto Park Rd in Benicia.

Park Rd goes pass the Benicia Historical Museum towards the refineries to the industrial business parks along Industrial Way. This stretch of road provides great views of the remaining Mothball Fleet around Suisun Bay and the wetlands and marshes around Goodyear Slough.

Continue north on Goodyear Rd for the next flat 4.7 miles; this less traveled frontage road runs along the east side of I-680 with views of the marshlands and sloughs.

Cross I-680 on Marshview Rd to Lopes Rd; the flat-rolling terrain rolls along the west side of I-680 towards the residential subdivisions at Fairfield/Cordelia.

Cross over I-680 on Gold Hill Rd to Ramsey Rd; this less traveled side road goes along the east side of I-680 towards the I-80 junction in Cordelia.

Cross the RR tracks at Old Cordelia and continue east on Cordelia Rd to the short climb up and over to the south edge of Green Valley.

Cordelia Rd leads you out to the open valley floor with nut orchards and rich agricultural farmlands.

Go around the Budweiser plant on Hale Ranch Rd to Busch Dr and cross over I-80 on Chadbourne Rd.

Abernathy Rd continues north through the open farmlands and vineyards around Suisun Valley.

Mankas Corner Rd and Waterman Rd runs along the NW edge of the residential subdivisions in Fairfield to Hilborn Rd.

Cross over I-80 on Manuel Campos Pkwy to Paradise Valley Dr.

Take the mulit-use trail along Paradise Valley to Nelson Rd.

Nelson runs parallel along I-80 to Lagoon Valley Rd.

Turn right on Lagoon Valley for a leisurely stroll through Lagoon Valley Park and Pena Adobe Park.

Meet up on Rivera Rd in Vacaville.

Cross over I-80 on Cherry Glen Rd to Pleasants Valley Rd.

Pleasants Valley Rd is a gorgeous stretch of flat road that begins along Vaca Valley through the rich farmlands and orchards with fantastic views of the Vaca Mountains.

Retrace route on Industrial Way to Park Rd.

Cross over Carquinez Strait on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge. Enjoy the views!

Return through Pacheco to Martinez on Morello Ave.

This is a wonderful century ride from Martinez out to Winters with plenty of flat gentle rolling terrain and one climb up Cantelow Rd.

Garmin Stats:
111.7 Miles with 3560′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 770′
Max grade: 13%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with a few low hills and one steep climb

Weather: Morning clouds with brilliant afternoon sun. Temps ranged from the mid 50’s to the high 70’s with brisk SW winds.

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Solano Century

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