Beginner’s Guide to Cycling in Lodi

  Lodi, California, is already revered for its famous vineyards, but what some people may not know is there’s an active cycling scene here, too. After all, with so much lush landscape, it seems only natural that travelers would choose to tour Lodi by bike. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or prefer laidback jaunts through nature, there’s a Lodi bike trail, competition or event for you. Here are the city’s top seasonal events and a few of our favorite trails.  

Seasonal Events

Lodi is never short on things to do for bicyclists. Check out three of Lodi’s top bike events:   Amgen Tour of California Last year, Lodi hosted the Stage 2 finish of the AMGEN Tour of California, America’s greatest race that highlights the best of what California has to offer. Lodi is excited to host again in 2016, this time as the Stage 5 start. The event is set for May 19, so you have plenty of time to plan your visit.   Cyclefest Each summer, Lodi Cyclefest brings in hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators throughout Northern California. The event is presented by Michael-David Winery and usually takes place in Historic Downtown Lodi in early June. The day is packed with festivities for all, featuring everything from amateur races (for kids and adults alike) to professional races.   Giro D’Vino The annual Giro D'Vino event takes place in early November and is a local favorite. The 75K ride passes through lush vineyards and even includes several complimentary wine tastings along the way. There are also rest stops where snacks and water are available to riders. Post-ride, there’s a dinner, complete with live music.   For more bike activities and events, stay tuned to our Events Page!  

Top Bike Trails

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned cyclist, here are five of Lodi’s top bike trails. Choose your route based on fitness level and interests.  

  1. Cosumnes River Preserve with Blossom Road Loop: 36.4 miles

Ideal for birders and wine drinkers alike, this route weaves through vineyards and tree-lined roads. You'll pass olive orchards as well as the Cosumnes River Preserve, from which the trail gets its name. If you've got the time, consider stopping at Consumnes River Farm for a wine, vinegar and olive oil tasting. Birders, don't forget to pack your binoculars! There’ll be plenty of noteworthy sightings.  

  1. Four Wineries and a Cafe: 24.4 miles

For a slightly shorter loop, consider the Four Wineries and a Cafe trail. You'll spend the day cycling through vibrant vineyards in between wine tastings and snack stops. This tour is perfect for foodies, especially if you plan enough time at each of the points of interest. Stop by the Michael-David Winery/Phillips Farms Café for lunch and be sure to order a slice of freshly-baked pie! Stops at Borra Vineyards, d'Art Winery and Lucas Winery round out this full-bodied ride.  

  1. Lodi Lake Family Fun Ride: 5 miles

Parents and kids gravitate toward the Lodi Lake Family Fun Ride, and for good reason. At only five miles round-trip, the journey allows for many stops along the way. You'll cycle along Lodi Lake, an outdoor playground for adventurers of all ages. Visitors can kayak on the lake, try their hand at stand-up paddleboarding or take a leisurely nature walk. There are also picnic grounds, a playground for the kids, and a dog park for your furry family members.  

  1. Bird Watching, Wine Tasting & Lunch: 29.4 miles

Birding season or not, this trail is a must for any outdoor enthusiast. That said, if you visit between late October and February, you're in for a special treat. This is when the Sandhill Cranes flock by the thousands to Lodi, where they roost each year – a pretty extraordinary sight to see. Woodbridge Ecological Reserve offers prime viewing opportunities. If you can, plan your bike ride around sunrise or sunset, the best times to see these prehistoric birds. Along this route, be sure to stop by Oak Farm Vineyards, a beautiful winery on an historic property.  

  1. Weekend Wine Jaunt: 10.6 miles

In town for the weekend? No problem! The Weekend Wine-Tasting Jaunt is great for couples or anyone who likes to have plenty of flexibility in their schedule. There are six different wine tasting experiences to choose from, ranging from casual spots in Lodi's downtown to spacious grounds like Stonum Vineyards and Winery and St. Amant Winery. With only 10 miles to bike, you have lots of time to stop and savor Lodi’s wine.   These bike routes (and more) are available for print and download at VisitLodi.com/lodi-bike-routes. Learn more about how you can explore our region -- on wheels!     Published: January 2016 By Guest Blogger Megan Eileen McDonough