This ride is best timed in the spring to see the reservoirs at peak levels and encounter maximum wildlife, but is beautiful at any time of the year. This 18.8 mile loop is a lovely training ride with rolling hills (only 731 ft. elevation gain), gorgeous scenery and wineries – should you care for a break. I park on the road to start my ride on Uvas Road just north of where it forks into Glen Oak Avenue. From here, I start my ride heading south on Glen Oak, passing the Chesbro Reservoir and then turn right on Sycamore Drive to Watsonville Road, making a final right turn on Uvas Road and cruising back along the Uvas Reservoir.
Strava map of the route.
Early May is an ideal time for this ride, the wildflowers are generally out in full force, and if you’re lucky you’ll see male turkeys displaying their full plumage around the region. There’s only one real hill to contend with, and it’s not terribly long, though it is steep. I love doing this ride at a casual pace on weekend mornings before traffic picks up, and then stopping by a winery on my way home. I recommend Clos La Chance, or if you want to stop mid-ride, Sycamore Creek is a fun place to drop in.