Davis Double Century
Ride 200 miles in one day through Yolo, Solano, Napa, and Lake counties on the most popular and one of the best supported double centuries in California. Always the 3rd Saturday in May.
The 47th Davis Double Century will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Registration opens on March 1, 2016. If you have any questions before then, and cannot find the answer in the links below or the FAQs, please contact us.
The Davis Double is considered an ideal first double century. There is no "death", "terrible", "monster", "devil", or "heartbreak" in this ride. What really sets the Davis Double apart from other rides, for first-time as well as more experienced long-distance riders, is the level of support we give our riders. There are nine rest stops in addition to a lunch stop, and multiple SAG vehicles patrol the entire course. As for difficulty, there is about 8,000 feet of climbing with a few longer climbs. Nearly all of the climbing is under 10%, primarily in the 6-8% range, and the climbing ends well before Mile 150. There is also a four-mile section of hard-pack dirt road around Mile 100 in Big Canyon. The hard-pack section of the ride is a gradual climb with a few gentle rollers. You can see a video of it (as of May 2, 2015) here.
The ride starts at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame (corner of 3rd and B Streets in downtown Davis). After leaving town, the first part of the ride runs through flat farmland in the Central Valley. The route then climbs over the Berryessa Gap and runs north through the hills in east Napa County to Middletown and Lower Lake in Lake County for lunch. After a long climb up to Resurrection at the Lake/Yolo county border, the road descends through Cache Creek Canyon and Capay Valley back to the Central Valley farmland and the finish at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis. You can see an overview of the course here.
All riders must be on the course by 5:15am Saturday. The ride closes at 1:00am Sunday.
We rely on hundreds of volunteers to help make the Davis Double a successful ride for all of our participants. We have an online volunteer sign-up sheet available. Go here to sign up and volunteer.
For those who volunteer, we offer a Worker's Ride before the Davis Double. This is a supported ride of the entire course, and counts as a double for purposes of the California Triple Crown. To qualify, you must work a minimum four hours shift at one of the Davis Double rest stops on ride day. If you're interested, or want more information,learn more about the Workers Ride when we post details.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 2015 Route Description
- Online Registration
- Jersey information
- Volunteer sign up form
- Workers Ride
- Past Ride results
- Double Century Director email
- Registration Coordinator email