When you think of great cycling destinations the first names that pop into your head are probably Tuscany, Girona, Provence, the lakes of Northern Italy…. All of those European sites have deservedly high ratings, but there’s a much lesser-known destination in America you might want to add to your list: Silicon Valley. While Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area is synonymous with big tech, it also happens to be smack dab in the middle of some of the Golden State’s most scenic riding. And it’s because of this proximity to winding mountain roads and beautiful coastlines that a luxury hotel, Nobu in Palo Alto, has established its Cycling Nobu Style package.
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This package isn’t your typical bike rental or tour that a hotel might put together. It’s meant for more serious cyclists who want to take challenging rides. But you don’t need to be a rail-thin racer to enjoy it, says Andrew Tilley, general manager of Nobu Palo Alto and vice president of Nobu Hotels. He likens himself to a “Budweiser horse” compared to the thoroughbred racers we typically think of when imagining high-end cyclists. “I love cycling and I think it breaks down all boundaries, no matter who you are,” he says.
But why Silicon Valley? “The more I ride, the more I think this is an amazing area for cycling,” says Tilley. With the mild Mediterranean climate, varied terrain with just enough climbing (or a lot if you’re up for it!) and the iconic California redwood forests and Pacific Ocean views, he’s on to something.
To help guests make the most of their stay, the package includes use of a Wahoo GPS with six pre-loaded routes of varying difficulty, from 18 miles to a century, all starting from the hotel. Whichever one you choose will have you out of town in just a few miles and on a worthwhile ride for any skill level.
If you want to pack light, bike rentals are available down the street at Palo Alto Bicycles, which has been in business for 90 years and has served a clientele that includes Tour de France winner Greg LeMond. Pop in for a visit or let the hotel’s front desk help with arrangements. Nobu takes care of everything else you might need. Each guest receives Nobu bib shorts and a jersey, a water bottle, gels, stroopwafels and drink mixes, plus breakfast from the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant. At the end of your ride, you can look forward to a relaxing night of rest in a recently renovated premium guest room.
The next time you’re in the Bay Area, whether for business or pleasure, think about sneaking in a ride. Learn more about the Nobu Cycling Style package or book a stay at paloalto.nobuhotels.com.