Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour
13 April 2019
The Almaden Cycle Touring Club invites you to celebrate Spring by riding some of the prettiest roads in southern Santa Clara County on our Annual Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour, one of California's top-rated cycling events. With four different routes, from flat to hilly, you're sure to find the route that's right for you.
After you finish, a delicious catered hot meal will be served in the Cafeteria area of the Gavilan Student Center. The cost of the meal is included for riders wearing their Tierra Bella wrist band. Others wishing to eat may purchase a meal in advance.Professional massage therapists will be offering muscle-rejuvenating massages at rides end at Gavilan College. The therapists will charge their customary fee and will accept payment only in cash.
35M (34.6 miles, 1261 ft)If you have not ridden much over the winter, we recommend this flat route through Gilroy and a big loop out past Uvas and Chesbro Reservoirs. This route makes a good family ride.100K (62.6 miles, 2853 ft)With the 100K, you do much of your climbing in the morning as you start with a climb to Gilroy Hot Springs. After a descent down Canada Road, you will pass back north of Gilroy before looping around Uvas and Chesbro Reservoirs. Then a quick return to Gavilan College.100M (102.0 miles, 6404 ft)With the 100M, you also begin your ride with a climb up to Gilroy Hot Springs, but that is just the beginning. After descending down Canada Road, you will head north to do the challenging climb up Dunne Ave to the summit at Henry Coe State Park Headquarters. Then you descend back down the same roads and head northwest to Bailey and up to Calero County Park. By this time the northern winds should have picked up to push you south past Chesbro Reservoir and on to Gavilan College.200K (124.0 miles, 8197 ft)If the 100M is just not enough for you, then you can add on a scenic ride out to New Almaden and a climb up to the summit of Hicks Road before retracing your route back to Calero County Park to rejoin the 100M.
Remember this is a tour, not a race or an endurance event. Please choose a route which matches your riding capabilities.You must obey all rules governing vehicle traffic on public roads.