2017 Tours

A synopsis of tours being offered by the DBC in 2017.

Following is a list of 2017 Davis Bike Club tours and the dates that they are being offered. Sign-ups for tours begin at the general membership meeting on Monday, February 13th at the Club Room, Veterans Memorial Center, 203 East 14th Street, at 7pm. Some tours are accepting sign-ups before the meeting, anybody can contact the tour leader for more information. For those who cannot make the meeting, all tours will be held open for sign-ups until they fill up. If a tour is overbooked, a waiting list will be started. Please remember that to participate in a DBC tour, you must be a club member and have volunteered at least 8 hours of time on club events or activities.

Please note: Some of these tours may require deposits and payments which may be non-refundable if a rider cancels. Check with your tour leader and understand the particular tour’s policy before you sign up!

2017 Davis Bike Club Tours


March Fools Tour X, 27 March - 31 March


March ends with DBC’s tenth foolish bike tour—MFX—using some new routes led by Marilyn and Bruce. This year, starting Monday, a familiar 45 miles goes to Suisun City. Tuesday’s 45 miler takes us up the Wooden Valley and on to St Helena. On Wednesday, we use Franz Valley and Chalk Hill ending at Rohnert Park, a 55-mile day. Thursday brings a 40-mile ride through some of the new Marin bicycling infrastructure to the Larkspur Ferry and our favorite overnight destination in San Francisco’s North Beach.  Friday, the last day of March, you may choose the Vallejo Ferry with 58 miles riding to Davis. Your more leisurely option is a ferry to Jack London Square connecting with Amtrak. Taking Bart to Richmond Amtrak is also a choice. But, we finish before April Fools Day this year.

March Fools Tour X

   This year’s total fee is $250, partially subsidized by Davis Bike Club. Included are four nights double occupancy in 2 and 3-star lodging with breakfast at three of them, super sag support with Dan Barcellos, maps, cue sheets, and gps routes. Our hotels are close to good restaurants. Besides meals, you pay for your own ferry and Amtrak, both of which have discounts. On the DBC tour rating guide the first four days are at the low end of C-2.

   A deposit of $75 is required to hold your space and we ask that you sign up with a roommate. Our limit is 16 members. You may send your deposit (payable to Davis Bike Club) starting now to Marilyn Dewey, 1614 Van Damme Dr, Davis 95616. At our pre-tour get together in late February, the balance of $175 will be due. Questions? Please email deweyms@hotmail.com or phone 753-9188.


Foothills Tour, 21 April - 23 April

Nevada City, 2011
Nevada City, 2011

This three-day tour will depart Davis on Friday, April 21st and ride all the way up to Nevada City. It is 91 miles and 5700’ of climbing.

Everyone will have an optional ride or rest day on Saturday, and we return 'downhill' to Davis on Sunday,April 23rd. Participants make their own housing arrangements for April 21st-22nd at Nevada City's Outside Inn. Participants will also chip in $40 for expenses related to SAG support/food and the Saturday night community meal. For more information contact Martha Gegan.


Mt Shasta Tour,  June 23rd-25th
Mt Shasta
Climbing Mt Shasta

Dave Joshel will lead this 4-day, 3-night hub tour based out of the Mt Shasta Resort:  https://www.mountshastaresort.com on Lake Siskiyou (elevation 3,600'). A group ride will be offered each day; we'll climb Mt Shasta (topping out at 7,800') on Sunday. Picture at left is Darell Dickey climbing Mt Shasta road in 2015.  This is a challenging tour, however there are options for less strenuous rides. Other recreational opportunities include hiking, golf & swimming.  You can participate in the planned rides, do your own rides or partake of another activity.  We will be staying in the 2 bedroom chalets. All meals are included in cost. Dave will be supervising the 'communal kitchen': everyone pitches in on food prep & cleanup. Tour limit is 18, with a cost of $300 per person, all meals included.  A $100 non-refundable deposit required with sign-up. Contact tour leader Dave Joshel for details.




Archipelago Tour   AUGUST 5 – 16, 2017

 Our fourth, but now expanded tour of the San Juan and Gulf Islands archipelago is August 5 to 16, 2017, within a narrow window of best weather. Chosen for good ferry connections with the other islands, our three fixed bases have excellent lodging and dining.

    Starting Saturday afternoon, August 5, we stay for two nights in Anacortes, Washington on Fidalgo Island. The second day, our options include the renowned Anacortes Arts Festival and a tour south to Whidbey Island. On the third day, we sail to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, our base for the next four nights. Cycling here is excellent, besides possible day tours to Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Islands. Many will enjoy the challenge of the 2400-ft Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island.

    On the seventh day, Sidney, Vancouver Island BC becomes our base for five nights. Nearby are Victoria and Butchart Gardens, as well as BC ferries for day trips to the Gulf Islands including Salt Spring, Pender, Galiano, and Mayne. An early afternoon sailing back to Anacortes on the twelfth day concludes the tour. Anacortes is 820 miles from Davis on I-5. If you fly, Anacortes is served by a shuttle from Sea-Tac. At Friday Harbor and Sidney, a short walk with your rolling bag or backpack leads to our lodging. Being “fixed base” you may ride wherever or whenever and as much or as little as you wish. On the islands we will have no sag.

    The cost, subsidized by DBC, $975includes two nights in Anacortes, four nights in Friday Harbor, and five nights in Sidney BC, with double occupancy in upscale lodging. Extras include meals, ferry fares, and other incidentals. Singles please sign up with a roommate. Your deposit of $200 each holds space on the tour. The balance is due in mid-May, when we have a get-acquainted tour meeting. Valid passports are required for travel to and from Canada, although the six-month rule is not enforced. A significant change in the current exchange rate (0.75 USD = 1 CDN) may alter the final cost.

    Now officially open for signing up, we hope you’ll join us for this popular bicycling tour! Priority will be based on the order of receipt of deposits, followed by a waiting list. Please let us know if you have any questions. Checks payable to Davis Bike Club should be sent to Bruce and Marilyn Dewey, 1614 Van Damme Drive, Davis CA 95616. For questions, please contact deweyms@hotmail.com.


Etna Tour    May 27-29

If you like Weed, you'll like Etna even more!  About 24 miles south of Yreka, Etna is located in the Scotts Valley at the foot of the Marble Mountain Wilderness in the Siskiyou Mountain (Cascades) Range, an attraction for people who do all sorts of outdoor activities. Enjoy this friendly, relaxing community of 700 residents, home of Etna Brewing, Dotty's (26 flavors of shakes/malts/freezes) and Bob's Ranch House for some really good grub, homemade pies, and cinnamon rolls that need their own zip code.  This trip is for riders who don't have a lot of vacation time or are on a budget. Driving time of 4.5 hours, to Etna, most of it  on Interstate 5.  Carpools to be arranged by the participants. $99/pp inc. two nights at the Etna Motel (dbl occupancy) and 3 days of riding, Sat. 28 miles mostly flat, Sun. 54 miles some rollers, Mon. 20 miles inc. 3k climb.   Limited to 10 riders, priority given to first time DBC tour participants.  $50 deposit payable to DBC. contact Maria and Mark Tebutt for more information.   funmaria@sbcglobal.net










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