Stage 2 - Presidio - Presidio

Approx. 90 miles | 8500 ft (130km | 2280M+) ·

Stage 2 is a classic and unforgettable North Bay route featuring the Golden Gate Bridge, ocean views, and a ride through the Redwoods. The stage starts in the Presidio and rolls across the Golden Gate Bridge with exclusive access to the west-side pedestrian path. After riding through Sausalito, you’ll head up Shoreline Highway and then turn right on to Panoramic Highway to climb part of the south side of Mt. Tam (including a 4.5-mile timed segment).

Starting at about 16.5 miles into the stage, enjoy the untimed 4-mile descent down Panoramic Highway to Route 1 in Stinson Beach and head north along Bolinas Lagoon to Olema, before turning onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. After a short climb and descent, the next 11 miles is a gradual false-flat climb that ascends about 500 feet before dropping into Fairfax.

Leaving Fairfax, you’ll encounter a roughly 3.5-mile climb up Pine Mtn. Pass, followed by a 4-mile winding descent to Alpine Dam. The next climb starts about one-third of a mile past the Alpine Dam. This beautiful climb through a Redwood forest rises 820 feet in 2 miles at an average 8% grade. There will be a timed segment starting outside Fairfax and ending at the top of the Alpine Climb.

From the top of Alpine get ready for a twisting and scenic descent down to Route 1, only this time you’ll turn left and head toward Stinson Beach before heading up a roughly 4-mile climb on Panoramic Highway. From the summit of this climb it’s about an 8.5-mile descent (with a few rollers) to the base of Shoreline Highway.

After spinning your way through Sausalito, you have one final 2.9-mile timed climb up Hawk Hill, which rises 700 feet onto the Marin Headlands. After climbing Hawk Hill you will again cross the Golden Gate Bridge and return to the Presidio. You must cross the finish line in the Presidio for your segments to count toward stage and overall rankings.

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