The wildest west coast adventure with Rapha.
In between Portland and San Francisco are some of the wildest and most remote landscapes of the West Coast – landscapes which, in their breathtaking beauty, inspired the Rapha Continental and Rapha Gentlemen’s Races, and challenged us to push beyond our limits. Come and discover this rugged coastline, riding through imposing forests of Giant Redwoods and tranquil coves on tarmac and hidden gravel roads, staying in the best rustic inns along the way. Our finish is across the Golden Gate Bridge, for a reception at the Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco.
Single occupancy — € 4.950 per person
Double occupancy — € 4.300 per person
Reconnect with your love for the bike and exploration. Raids are designed for independent riders with a thirst for going off the beaten track, and exploring lesser-known but nonetheless spectacular destinations and roads. You’ll still have access to a Rapha guide, full mechanical and logistical support, but the emphasis is on self-sufficiency, creating an adventure through wild and unspoilt landscapes. Each night we’ll greet you with hearty food and charming, rustic accommodation, to prepare you for another day’s exploring. It is cycling taken back to the essentials: a bike, a fantastic route to ride, and the self-imposed challenges that brings.
Because of the emphasis on challenging terrain and self-sufficiency, Raids suit the more confident, athletic rider, or groups of friends who may already have done a multi-day trip and want to challenge themselves further.
*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.
Double occupancy as standard
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
|Arrival Day, Day 0 Portland and Newberg|
|Day 1 Newberg – Newport||188 KM||2560 M|
|Day 2 Newport - Bandon||210 KM||2528 M|
|Day 3 Bandon - Gold Beach||141 KM||1525 M|
|Day 4 Gold Beach - Klamath||140 KM||2020 M|
|Day 5 Klamath - Ferndale||146 KM||1660 M|
|Day 6 Ferndale – Garberville||156 KM||3429 M|
|Day 7 Garberville – Mendocino||127 KM||2770 M|
|Day 8 Mendocino – Timber Cove||156 KM||3710 M|
|Day 9 Timber Cove – San Francisco||162 KM||3163 M|
|Departure day, Day 10 San Francisco|
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Arrive into Portland International Airport and self-transfer to downtown Portland (CBD) where we will be staying for the night. The accommodation will be confirmed closer to departure.
Today’s route was featured in one of the first Rapha Gentlemen’s Races: we depart Newberg and make our way through the orchards and vineyards of the Willamette Valley. We pass through the deeply forested coastal mountain range and arrive at the Pacific Ocean.
From Newport, home of the celebrated Oregon brewery Rogue Ales, we continue south along the rugged coast, with scenic breaks at Cape Perpetua, Heceta Head, Cape Arago. Bandon, Oregon, known for the Bandon Dunes, is our overnight stop.
We'll roll along the rugged southern coastline, passing through wildlife refuges, past Cape Blanco lighthouse and Port Orford before arriving at the seaside resort of Gold Beach.
Pacific Reef Resort
This stretch of the Oregon coast before we cross into California is as rugged as it gets. Rich in history, this remote coastline was once a bustling fishing centre. Our final destination is the Historic Requa Inn. Built in 1914, it is nestled in one of the longest continuously inhabited places in California.
The Historic Requa Inn
Today's ride takes tiny roads through deep redwood forests and crosses the mighty Klamath River, filled with salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout, before following in the footsteps of fur trappers and Gold Rush miners towards the small Victorian village of Ferndale.
Day 6 follows the famed Lost Coast Road through some of the most secluded regions of California. After spending nearly 65 miles in this isolated region we finally emerge onto the Avenue of the Giants, among the towering redwoods of the Humboldt State Park.
We wind our way along the Eel River before heading towards the coast again, to land at the ocean at Fort Bragg, founded prior to the American Civil War. The day's ride ends at the artist colony of Mendocino where we'll enjoy a glass of Mendocino Pinot at the Cal-French restaurant Cafe Beaujolais.
A tailwind follows us along the picturesque coastline today and we take a few side roads before we climb steeply into the heart of the coastal mountains. An inspirational day with remarkably quiet and scenic riding.
Our last stage takes us along the scenic Sonoma coastline, following Highway One through the quaint villages of Bodega Bay, Tomales, Point Reyes and Bolinas. We will climb a favourite local road in Mt Tamalpais State Park before passing through Sausalito and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
Holiday Inn Express
Airport departures and transfers today. No riding scheduled.
Hotels were all fantastic, great variety of places, all of which were comfortable.
— Raid Utah, 2016
All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Raids are among the toughest with roads and terrain off the beaten track and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty.
We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.
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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)
Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)