Event Details

About The Ride

The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk is a one-day cycling event designed to appeal to every level of rider. We offer a 100-mile route (century), TWO 62-mile routes (metric century, including a "lite" route and "challenge" route), a 47-mile route, a 28-mile route, and a 9-mile route. (PLEASE NOTE: All routes are subject to change pending permit approvals. If you register for a route that needs to be changed, our staff will contact you directly.) We also have a short walk for non-cyclists!

Every participant can count on support from start to finish with rest stops, SAG vehicles, and route monitors. Upon completing your ride or walk, you will be welcomed back by cheering crowds and finish line festivities that include live musical entertainment, a delicious lunch, beer and wine, inspiring speakers, and more.

Registration Fee Schedule

Each participant will pay a registration fee to secure their place in the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk. This registration fee helps to pay for the expenses incurred to participate in the event (personal webpage set up, food and support on ride day, permitting of routes, etc.).

All Riders (joining us IN PERSON):
January 1 - March 31: $60
April 1 - June 30: $75
July 1 - September 17: $99
Ride-Day Registration (September 23, 2023): $150
*Online registration will be closed between September 18 - September 22

Walkers:
January 1 - September 17: $35
Ride-Day Registration (September 23, 2023): $45
*Online registration will be closed between September 18 - September 22

Volunteers: Free

Persons with ALS and Caregivers: Free, please contact ride@ridetodefeatALS.org for discount code.

Virtual Participants (those unable to attend the in-person event): Free

Fundraising Minimum

All riders 18 and older are required to raise a minimum of $150 in donations, in addition to their registration fee, by the day of the event (September 23, 2023). Fundraising for the Golden West Chapter is a direct way of supporting our mission, and with each person you ask for support, you are also spreading important awareness for ALS. Fundraising is easy and fun -- and we are here to help you get started and to surpass this fundraising goal! If you are a first-time fundraiser or are interested in learning more, check out our Fundraising Tips and Tools. Our staff is another resource for you and we will be here for you at every step of the way! Don’t hesitate to email us at ride@ridetodefeatals.org and we can come up with a fundraising plan together!

Fundraising Incentives

Stay tuned for our 2023 Napa Valley Ride and Walk fundraising incentives!

Rental Bikes

Check our Bike Rentals page for more details!

About Ride Day

Directions & Parking

The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk will start and finish at the same location in the beautiful Napa Valley. The exact venue will be announced soon, so check back regularly for more information about directions and parking. We do strongly suggest you book a hotel or room as soon as possible as September is a very busy time and they will book up quickly.

Check In & Registration

Everyone must check-in upon arrival. Once you’ve checked-in, breakfast foods including coffee, bagels and fresh fruit will be available for all participants. Note: the following times and routes are subject to change. Check back for updates.

ROUTE

REGISTRATION BEGINS

START TIME

100 Mile

5:45 AM

6:30 AM

62-Mile Challenge 

6:30 AM 

7:30 AM

62-Mile Lite

6:30 AM

7:30 AM

47 Mile

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

28 Mile

8:30 AM

9:30 AM

9 Mile

9:30 AM

10:30 AM

Walk

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

We will open the courses based on the times listed above and will announce when it’s time for each route to begin. Please do not begin before the appointed times as we will not have all of our rest stops or SAG support in place. View all route details here.

On the Route

When you check-in, you will get cue sheets for the ride. The route will be marked, but you are responsible for navigating your route. Pay attention to the roads, directions, and cue sheets. Volunteer SAG support vehicles will be patrolling each route throughout the day. If you need assistance, give the standard "thumbs down" signal to indicate you need support.

If you need to contact us directly while you're on the route, an emergency hotline number will be shared as we get closer to Ride Day and will be listed on rider bibs and cue sheets.

If there is a medical emergency, call 911. If you're not sure if you should call 911...CALL 911. For other issues or concerns, please call the number on the cue sheet.

Rest Stops

Six Rest Stops are located throughout the routes. Each stop has porta-potties, water, snacks, and other goodies to help you refuel and re-energize for the next portion of your ride. Don’t forget to thank the incredible volunteers who staff each Rest Stop! The following Rest Stop and Route info is from 2022 -- it is subject to change for the 2023 ride. Check back for updates.

Rest Stop & Routes

Opens

  Closes

St. Stephen's Church
(100 Mile only)

7:30AM

  9:30AM

Lake Hennessey
(47 Mile, 62 Challenge, 100 Mile)

8:00AM

  11:30AM

Pope Valley Farm Center
(62 Challenge, 100 Mile)

8:45AM

  12:45PM
 
Freemark Abbey Winery
(62 Lite, 100 Mile)

8:45AM
 
  12:30PM
 
Fish & Game
(28 Mile, 47 Mile, 62 Lite, 62 Challenge, 100 Mile)

9:30AM

  3:30PM

Strawberry Corner
(62 Lite, 62 Challenge, 100 Mile)

10:00AM

  2:30PM

Route Signage

Each route will be marked with roadside signs. These signs will be at all the intersections, turns, and especially to help at any tricky navigation sites. Wherever possible, we will augment these signs with additional markings and, if possible, a volunteer to point the way. Please be sure to consult your cue sheet, in addition to the signage, to keep you on course.

Mechanical Support

Bike Mechanics will be set up at the Start Line area and at a few Rest Stops. Our volunteer mechanics can make simple adjustments, quick bike checks and fix flats. If your bike needs more serious work, please visit a bike shop prior to Ride Day.

Weather

The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk will go on, rain or shine! Please check the local forecast before Event Day and we will do our best to keep all participants informed. The Golden West Chapter reserves the right to alter the courses or start times in the case of weather conditions.

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Rider Checklist

Required:

  • *Helmet - Helmets are REQUIRED for ALL cyclists.
  • *ID - You’ll need it to check in (and for beer and wine if you’re 21+)
  • *Cash and/or a credit card - beer and wine will be available for purchase at the Finish Line

Suggested:

  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses or other protective eyewear
  • Toolkit
  • Spare tubes and/or a patch kit, tire irons
  • CO2 or mini-pump
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Cycling Shoes

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