One of the year’s largest charity events, Wine Valley Cycle for Sight & Rotary Ride for Veterans, will unleash up to 2,000 cyclists Saturday on Napa Valley roadways.
The event, which is based at Justin-Siena High School in north Napa, will send riders on loops of 15, 25 and 50 miles to raise money for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Napa and the Pathway Home, a privately funded residential treatment center for returning military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville.
The first flight of cyclists will leave Justin-Siena at 8 a.m., with subsequent flights departing at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Motorists can expect to share the road with cyclists who will be traveling on Solano Avenue, Orchard Avenue, Rutherford Crossroad and Silverado Trail on the valley floor, as well as Mt. Veeder Road and Dry Creek Road in the higher elevations.
All routes will go through the Veterans Home, where the main drive — dubbed the Memorial Mile — will be lined with signs that pay tribute to veterans.
The public is invited to drive the Memorial Mile after the race. The signs will be kept up for several days, organizers said.
The cycling event, now in its sixth year, hopes to raise $100,000 for the local beneficiaries.