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Unknown Coast Weekend

Unknown Coast Weekend

September 15 - September 16 2018
Ferndale, California, USA

Join us for a fun-filled weekend touring the quiet coastal towns of Ferndale, Honeydew and Petrolia. The ride starts and finishes in Ferndale and  consists of two extremely hilly, but scenic days – 65 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday.

What a great ride this is – we carry all of your stuff and you get to cruise on some of the quietest and most scenic roads in the state. You will start riding through the lush, green Eel River Valley on meandering roads that weave their way through groves of majestic redwoods trees, then you'll ride along the beaches of Cape Mendocino; and finally, along the crest of Rainbow Ridge, which has some of the best views anywhere. Registration includes optional camping at the Fairgrounds on Friday night, luggage transportation, detailed route map, overnight accommodations at the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center, on-road support, post-ride snacks, dinner, breakfast and SAG support... and plenty of fun!  

Accommodations at the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center include an indoor or outdoor option - the spots for tent camping on the spacious grounds are virtually unlimited, or choose one of their cabins with bunk beds (must be shared, limited to 60).  Dinner will be served by the Chico Velo crew at the Tan Oak Lodge at the Retreat Center.....and plenty of snacks & goodies will be available in addition to dinner. For more information on the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center, please visit their website at:

Sunday's breakfast will be provided by the folks at the Mattole Grange Hall(right down the street from the Retreat Center) – ham and eggs, pancakes, applesauce, coffee, tea, or cocoa. 

A word of warning: The climbs on this ride are challenging and there will be limited SAG support. The Wall is purported to be an aveage of 18% fo 1.25 miles. Ouch! To enjoy this ride to its fullest, you should be in decent physical condition and self-sufficient. A triple or compact won't hurt either.

START/FINISH: The ride begins and ends at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale (about 20 miles south of Eureka). For those arriving Friday night, camping and showers are available at the Fairgrounds.  PLEASE DO NOT CAMP ON THE SOCCER FIELD - BUT ADJACENT TO IT!

THE COURSE: Saturday's 65 miles explores the Eel River Valley, then heads through the Avenue of the Giants, turning west into the Rockefeller Redwoods and the big climb up Panther Gap (2,744'). From there, it is down to Honeydew where eight miles of rollers brings you to the Mattole Camp & Retreat Center on the Mattole River.

Sunday's ride of 35 miles goes through Petrolia, down the beach and up the legendary Wall (up to a 22% grade) of Cape Mendocino. Once over the top, you drop down to Capetown, then up, up, up the Shadow of the Wall to Malfunction Junction. From there, you'll descend into Ferndale and the Fairgrounds where your belongings will be waiting for you with one of our SAG drivers.

Detailed route and elevation map:

Unknown Coast Weekend

Tour Summary: 2 days, 65 miles, 35 miles
Entry Limit: 125 riders
Start Address: Mattole Camp & Retreat Center, Ferndale, California
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