Giro D’Oro Cycling, located in the heart of California Gold Country, specializes in providing the vacationing cyclist fully supported bicycle tours through scenic terrain year round. Our location in the Sacramento Valley has been an integral part of the Tour of California, and many of the world’s top cyclists have been known to train in the area. Giro D’Oro was founded on the belief that the area’s climate, the magnificent foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the American River Bike Trail, and the fascinating 49′er Gold Rush history (not to mention the local vineyards) are what make the California Gold Country a great place to cycle and to explore all the treasures northern California has to offer.
Lonely Planet recently named the California Gold Country one of the 10 ten destinations for 2012. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/76941
The City of Folsom has a rich history beginning with the ’49ers during California’s great Gold Rush. The starting point for most of our cycling tours is located within walking distance of many great restaurants and taverns, historical landmarks, shopping, community theaters, and Lake Natoma. Located between the Nimbus and Folsom Dams, Lake Natoma’s Sacramento State Aquatic Center is a regular host of the West Coast College Rowing Championships. The aquatic center provides the opportunity to rent kayaks, paddle boards and sailboats. Lake Natoma also includes historic Negro Bar, originally an African-American gold mining camp, and the Folsom Powerhouse, the site of the world’s first long-distance transmission of electricity.
Connecting Folsom Lake to Old Sacramento is the American River Bike Trail, a paved 32-mile multi-use path named after the 18th century fur trapper, Jedediah Smith, who explored the area between Folsom and Old Sacramento between 1827 and 1828. The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail passes several places of interest between Sacramento and Folsom including Discovery Park, Sutter’s Landing Park (the point at which John Sutter, founder of Sacramento and notable area entrepreneur, first arrived), and the Guy West Bridge (a scaled-down reproduction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge). Cyclists will also pedal past California State University Sacramento, Ancil Hoffman Park and the adjoining nature center dedicated to local activist Effie Yeaw, the Fair Oaks walking bridge, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, and Folsom Lake.
Giro D’Oro’s fully supported bicycle tours provide the opportunity to experience all the sensory delights the California Gold Country has to offer. Join us for daily wine tasting with local wine makers, private sushi-making and Italian cooking classes, gold panning, and tour local farmer’s markets and micro farms. Pick your own apples! Dip your toes into the American River while watching world-class rapids or watch the salmon migrate upstream. Each and every day is a new adventure when you travel with us!
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