Mill District Velo in Healdsburg cultivates community through spring cycling events
A mixed-use development that hosts over 20 rides to bring families, friends and the community together
Healdsburg, California – Mill areaHealdsburg’s newest mixed-use development, will blend cycling with social and culinary experiences District Philo Mill It hosts more than 20 cycling events this spring. These experiences include mid-week rides with Mill District ambassadors, Ted and Laura King, a ladies-only weekend designed to highlight friendship and a physical challenge, rides led by Michelin-starred chefs that include a family-style meal with wine pairings and more.
Mill District Velo aims to be a leader in sustainable transportation and encourage a human-powered way to get around wine country. This hub of the Sonoma County cycling community allows pedal enthusiasts to experience local food, wine, scenery, and culture through exploration, while making new friends and connections along the way. As tours begin and end in a mixed-use development in the Mill District, Mill District Velo infuses a culture of health, wellness, and energy into the neighborhood’s future development.
Luxury destinations and communities
Mill District Developer, return destinations, is known for creating luxury destinations and communities that immerse homeowners in a rich array of fun, social and active experiences. There are many commodity builders in the world, Replay distinguishes itself as an experience-based developer, and as such works to create memories and experiences for homeowners that put them in a position to understand what it might be like to live in each destination. This community outlook and Healdsburg cycling scene is what led to the creation of Mill District Velo. Mill District Velo Tours seeks to bring cyclists from all over Sonoma County together to discover why Healdsburg and surrounding trails rank among the “7 Best Tours on Earth.”
“We’re proud to call this a cycling community because it’s hard to call it a club,” said Mill District Managing Director David Hill. “Clubs have been around cycling forever. This is more of a celebration and tribute, but at the same time it is a way for cycling to give back to the community while at the same time bringing its members together and strengthening their bond.”
Training in Sonoma County
For years, top cycling pros have known that Sonoma County is one of the best places to train. With wonderful spring weather in Sonoma County, Mill District Velo riders can enjoy a one-of-a-kind program experience found nowhere else in the country.
“Mill District Velo gives riders the ability to get lost and slow down amidst the towering redwoods, an experience unique to this corner of the world.”
Mill District Velo Spring Tours offer experiences for everyone, regardless of age or skill level, with each varying in speed and difficulty. The Mill District hopes to attract new riders looking for a strong sense of community as well as experienced riders looking for a challenge with the following rides:
Coffee with the Kings: March 15 and 28, April 4, 11 and 18, and May 2
Former professional cyclist Ted King and his wife, Laura, will host a midweek ride starting at 9 a.m. with coffee, conversation, and pastries.
Grit + Luxe: Women’s Weekend: March 17-19
Grit + Luxe is designed around five pillars of the perfect cycling weekend: sunshine, adventure, good food and drink, friendship and a physical challenge. Many of the women’s events are geared towards junior cyclists, but Mill District Velo wanted to offer a weekend for intermediate to advanced cyclists.
Critical Mass: March 31
Mill District Velo will host the Healdsburg Running Club with this family-friendly ride as they work together to reduce reliance on cars and encourage mass transit and riding. We welcome any type of bike and all riders, making it a great choice for the whole family.
Chef’s Cycling Series: April 1, April 30, May 7
This is the first official series to feature a morning of ride on a “Country Rider” ride with a guest chef and their inspired meal. Chefs featured in the experience include John McConnell of Clif Family Winery, Ari Weisswasser of Glen Ellen Star, Matthew Accarino of SPQR and Mattina’s.
“Adventure rides in Sonoma County’s Mill District Velo offer vineyard-strewn roads, gentle on rolling terrain, and the opportunity for some challenging climbs, and are usually bursting with greenery and wildflowers in the spring, and completely golden in the summer and fall months,” Ted King. “Mill District Velo gives riders the ability to get lost and slow down amidst the towering redwoods, an experience unique to this corner of the world. We are proud to be part of this cycling hub that brings the Healdsburg community together, because that is the essence of Mill District Velo. “
Spring rides range from free to $125, with the exception of the Grit + Luxe Women’s Ride weekend, which is $295 for the multi-day event. Registration must be done in advance as space is limited. For a full list of community rides including Toaster’s Rides for advanced speed, Ted’s XL’ent Adventure – Group Cycling Experience, and others, visit milldistrictthealdsburg.com/velo.
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