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Tour de MALT 2017 Route Map Tour de MALT

July 21, 2018

Ride to Eat Local!

Annual Cycling event through rural West Marin

West Marin’s scenic coastline, valleys and open rangeland are the perfect backdrop for cyclists who love to eat local. Join this intimate ride and take in more than 40 MALT-protected ranches, fueling up on the best local foods along the way. Finish the 53-mile route with a tasty lunch, cold beer and a sweet treat in MALT farm-to-table style.

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DETAILS

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 

Time: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Place: Start and finish at Nicasio Valley Farms. View the 2018 Route Map

Cost: $150

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Ride Distance: 53 miles. View the 2018 Route Map

Age Appropriate: 16 years and up

Ride Limit: 300

 

Three new ranch stops!

This July 21, the cycling event for food-loving farmland supporters will be hosting rest stops for riders at three beautiful, productive, protected ranches along the 53-mile route through rural West Marin, serving local snacks and farm-fresh fuel for the ride.

 

Chileno Valley Ranch, Chileno ValleyChileno Valley Ranch, Chileno Valley

Rest Stop 1: Chileno Valley Ranch, Chileno Valley

Keep your eyes out for rare birds as you enter the beautiful Chileno Valley Ranch, carefully stewarded by Sally Gale, fifth-generation rancher and her husband Mike Gale, who raises grass-fed, organic beef and lamb.

“Chileno Creek and the area where Chileno Creek and Walker Creek meet, their confluence, is wonderful habitat,” said Sally. “It is all ranchland and stretches over five ranches. Maintaining a dense, protected creek area next to an open pasture, such as is maintained by cattle, provides safe nesting sites as well as feeding sites for birds.”

 

Jensen Ranch, TomalesJensen Ranch, Tomales

Rest Stop 2: Jensen Ranch, Tomales

The Jensen Ranch is one of the oldest continuously operating ranches in Marin County. Jim Jensen, MALT’s Stewardship Manager, is the sixth generation of his family to work the land, raising sheep as his great-great-great-grandfather did when he immigrated from Ireland.

Their Dorset wool, crossed with Suffolk and Columbia, is part of the Climate Beneficial Wool Pipeline with Fibershed, an organization focusing on reviving a network of sustainable textile production.

 

Gallagher North Bend Ranch, Point Reyes StationGallagher North Bend Ranch, Point Reyes Station

Rest Stop 3: Gallagher North Bend Ranch, Point Reyes Station

Gallagher North Bend Ranch takes its name from the sweep of Lagunitas Creek as it skirts the foot of Marin’s iconic Black Mountain. For over a century, the Gallagher family has tended the fertile flatlands, pastures and woods that roll up from the south bank of the creek.

Lagunitas Creek is a particular stronghold for regional biodiversity, harboring critical habitat for endangered coho salmon, steelhead trout and other aquatic species that thrive on clear, cold water. River otters, spotted owls and mountain lions are among the species that make their homes on this spectacularly diverse ranch.

 Sponsors

   Straus Family Creamery  
The JSF Company  
Clif Bar Family Foundation

 

B|Brooks  Hahnemann Laboratories KWMR Marin Country Mart
Nicasio Valley Cheese   Point Reyes Farmstead logo
Straus Home Ranch Three Twins Organic 

 

E&J Gallo Winery Hog Island Oyster Co. Peak Design
edible Marin & Wine Country Hunt & Behrens Rustic Bakery
Good Eggs Marin French Cheese Co. Toby's Feed Barn
Grizzly Peak Cyclists Nicasio Valley Farms  

 

 

Ride support Sponsors

  Cycle California Magazine
Marin Amateur Repeater Society

 

 

in-kind Sponsors

All Star Organics

Cowgirl Creamery

From the Fields

Good Eggs

Kate's Real Food

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Long Meadow Ranch

Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.

Rustic Bakery

Straus Family Creamery

Sufferfest Beer Company

Three Twins Ice Cream

Zoe's Meats

Special Thanks to our host, Nicasio Valley Farms.

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