Stage 1 - San Francisco - San Francisco

Original: 148 km | 2387 M+ (92 mi | 7832) · 27 September

Stage 1 is a classic and unforgettable North Bay route featuring the Golden Gate Bridge, ocean views, and a ride through the Redwoods. The stage starts by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge from the south side for an early morning view of San Francisco Bay. Once through Sausalito, you’ll head up to climb part of the south side of Mt. Tam before dropping down to Muir Beach.

Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean riding Route 1 through Stinson Beach and north along Bolinas Lagoon. The Compact route will turn right on Fairfax-Bolinas Road to climb up to Ridgecrest Boulevard and continue up Mt. Tamalpais. The Original course continues up to Point Reyes Station before turning inland for a long and gradual climb toward Fairfax.

Leaving Fairfax, the Original course riders encounter a roughly 5km climb up Pine Mtn. Pass, followed by a 7-kilometer winding descent to Alpine Dam. The next climb starts shortly after the dam and winds up through a towering forest of redwood trees.

From the top of Alpine get ready to tackle the “Seven Sisters”, a well-known series of climbs along the ridgeline that takes you up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. The stunning and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean make this an unforgettable climb.

After descending Panoramic Highway and spinning your back way through Sausalito, you can once again cross the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the finish line.

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