Cycling the Oakville Grade - steepest bike climb in Napa County.
Ride 1 mile gaining 753’ to elevation 940’ at 13.2% average grade.
This is the second steepest climb in the wine country. The climb is tough throughout, but the crux of the effort is 15.8% for 4/10's of a mile beginning just after the 1/2 mile point. This brute is in the heart of wine country, ~12 1/2 miles north of Napa and 7 miles south of St. Helena.
Road leading to the start of the climb.
View east toward Hwy 29 and the Napa Valley.
Start of climb - Oakville Grade Road.
Ground view photo looking away from start of the climb.
View as we ride towards the climb.
Ride through Napa Valley vineyards on the way to the climb.
Supplies: Great sandwiches, snacks, drinks etc. are available on Hwy 29 at the Oakville Grocery, a stones throw to the north from the intersection of Oakville Grade and Hwy 29.
Roadway surface/Traffic: The roadway is in excellent condition with a good bike lane the entire climb. Riding in Napa County is a treat as the roads there are maintained very well and more often than not offer ample bike lanes.
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - OAKVILLE GRADE
Levi Leipheimer, Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner
Oakville Grade, Stage 2 2010 Tour of California
Photo: Scott Walnofer Blog
The Oakville Grade has been featured once in the Tour of California: