The Sonoma County Backroad Challenge courses will start and finish at Penngrove Park near Petaluma. If you are arriving by car take the northernmost Petaluma exit from Highway 101, labeled Petaluma Blvd. North and Old Redwood Hwy, turn east on Old Redwood Hwy. Proceed east until you see the Rancho Adobe Fire Station on the right. Take the Main Street fork in the road to the right and you will immediately see our flaggers to direct you to turn right into the park. Parking is at the rear of the park…we’ll have volunteers available to help guide you in.
Registration will be fast and efficient, with some light breakfast available. Be sure to bring your picture ID. You will need to sign the waiver forms available on tables near the registration area. Present your ID to our volunteers at the registration tables and you will receive your route maps, wristband and other important information. Have a quick bite from our concessionaires, then you are off and on your way to a spectacular and scenic ride – the Backroad Challenge.
True to the name “Backroad Challenge,” these rides are not easy. Check the website maps and elevation profiles, assess your conditioning for strenuous exercise, and pick the ride that best suits you. If you overestimate and later decide you need some assistance while out on the course, find a Marshal or a SAG vehicle or call us. We are happy to help you salvage the day by providing a motorized ride to a rest stop or back to the Festival.
Your wristband will have tabs attached. Each tab may be turned in at the Festival in order for you to pick up your meal, beverage, and t-shirt. If you are under age, your beverage tab will be removed at the registration table before the wristband goes on your wrist. Soft drinks and water will be available at the Festival.