The Geysers route is a completely new flavor of Sonoma County and brings you up some serious climbs to accumulate over 6,000' of elevation in 81 miles. You will ride through a region that is home to North America's largest producer of clean, reliable renewable geothermal power, and experience sweeping views of Sonoma County's wine region.
The Geysers is Timed to mile 52:
The Geysers route is timed from the moment we start until we reach highest pont of the day at mile 52 where we feature our first ever "summit finish". But the ride's not over yet. There's another 29 miles of moderately challenging terrain between you and the festival; you can take it easy though. because the time it takes you to return after you've passed this 52 mile mark doesn't count against your published time, nor does it count against your qualifying time.
If it is your objective to participate in either the Gran or Growler in 2023 (because for 2022 they are full), you must qualify. We require this because the Gran and Growler routes are very challenging, and we must vet your ability to confront either. In order to qualify to register for the Gran or Growler in 2023 you must reach the summit finish of The Geysers in under 3 hours and 45 minutes. This represents a 14MPH average speed or better, and has you summiting no later than 11:15 am. You do not need to post a qualifying time in order to re-join The Geysers route in 2023.
Three (3) formal aid stations:
The Geysers route features three aid stations at miles 33, 52 and 65. Stop, take a break and soak it up, but don't stay too long if you're vying for time. Aid stations will feature water, electrolyte, fresh fruit, snack items and other foods that are safely prepared and/or individually packaged to prevent the spread of COVID-19.