Davis Double Century


Directions to parking at UC Davis:

• The closest parking to the Davis Double Start/Finish are the UC Davis parking lots near Aand First Streets.

• The easiest way to reach these lots from both directions on I-80 is to take the UC Davis exit(just east of Highway 113), turn north onto Old Davis Road, and follow the road past the HyattPlace UC Davis to the parking lots.

• Note: This is a new road from the Mondavi Center to the intersection of A Street and Arboretum Drive.

Alternate Parking (only if UCD is full): Save Mart - 1900 Anderson Rd  Davis, CA 95616 (corner of W. Covell and Anderson).

Meet at UCD Parking Lot: 4:30 a.m., then a short ride to the start

Miles: 200

Elevation gain: 8K


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.

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 Lake Berryessa 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.

All riders must be on the course by 5:15 am. The ride closes at 1:00 am, Sunday May 19th.


Davis Double Century


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  • William C.

    Excellent, perfect weather.

    May 18, 2014

  • Bryan L.

    Just FYI, my wife is dropping John Ring and I off at the start -- so we're not parking. Don't look for us in the UCD lot. We'll see you on the course.

    May 14, 2014

  • Joe

    I want to do the DD! Hopefully it's too late for me to sign up.

    May 6, 2014

  • John J.

    I am considering doing the double this year. I have been training pretty hard since October. Have any of you done it in the past? How hard is it? My biggest concern is being able to sit in the saddle for that long. I did the Bike Around the Buttes century on April 12. I had no problems, and felt strong at the finish. We averaged 17.5 MPH for the day. Any thoughts on making sure I am ready?

    April 23, 2014

    • Jeff S.

      I'll echo a lot of what Bryan has said but the caveat, in my opinion, that doubles are more mental than physical. If you can ride 100, without finishing like you are on your deathbed, you can do a double. Not that any double is easy but this is one of the easier ones to do. I would also recommend starting out with a group and share the load to the first rest stop, which is entirely flat.

      April 23, 2014

    • John J.

      Thanks for the quick replies. I am planning on doing a 135 mile ride on Monday. I guess that will be my litmus test.

      April 23, 2014

  • john r.

    Mr. Bryan Lewis
    Prof. John Ring

    March 26, 2014

  • Jeff S.

    Don't forget this is a jersey year, at least it is supposed to be.

    February 21, 2014

    • Julie N.

      Yes, I think so. But I will wear my HW jersey first. :)

      February 21, 2014

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