Pedal for Protein 4 (2017)

The 4th Annual Pedal for Protein bicycle event raised $44,925, and traveled the winding roads from the Occidental California to the redwoods, vineyards and fertile valleys riding six days with overnight stays in St. Helena, Vallejo, Sonoma and Westminster Woods with a final group ride in Santa Rosa on Sat. Sept 23. Nineteen cyclists rode the 327 mile route with 33 cyclists joining in for one or two days. Riders showered at a 5-star spa and the next night at a homeless shelter, thankful for both. One of the many highlights of the ride is meeting the wonderful hosts at each church and making new friends on and off the bicycle. 

Special thanks to the following:

  • the wonderful congregations that hosted our overnight stays: St. Helena FPC, Vallejo Community PC and St Andrew Sonoma.
  • our supportive congregations Benicia, Knox, Church of the Roses, Petaluma and Vallejo First for meals and snacks.
  • Westminster Woods, Chris Rhodes and staff for our most excellent stay and meals.
  • The Methodist’s for hosting the Saturday ride, breakfast treats and finish line celebration!
  • our key corporate sponsors: Equal Exchange, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Mira, Bike the West, Marin Century, Nuun, Raley’s, Trader Joe’s, Polar Bottle, SFC Casual Cycling Clothing, Tifosi, and Cyclelogical

2017 Grants Provided:

  • Napa Valley Food Bank $4,000
  • Contra Costa Solano FB $6,000
  • Marin Community Food Bank $4,000
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank $10,000
  • Ukiah Community Food Bank $2,500
  • Fort Bragg Food Bank $5,000
  • Food Bank Humboldt County $8,000
  • Community Assistance Network, Crescent City $2,000
  • Food 4 Farmers Beekeeping Guatemala Presbyterian Hunger Program $4,500

2017 – Westminster Woods / Vallejo Loop – 311 miles, 6 days

Westminster Woods Loops

  • Day 1 – Westminster Woods to St. Helena – 64.1 miles, 3,374 ft of climb
  • Day 2 – St Helena to Vallejo -  52.6 miles, 2,867 ft of climb
  • Day 3 – Vallejo to St Andrew -  56.9 miles, 1,793 ft of climb
  • Day 4 – St Andrew to Westminster Woods – 47.5 miles, 3,107 ft of climb
  • Day 5a – Cazadero / Coleman Valley Loop –  43.5 miles, 3,558 ft of climb
  • Day 5b – Cazadero / Jenner Loop – 36.5 miles, 2,011 ft of climb
  • Day 6a – Westminster Woods to First United Methodist Church – 17.4 miles, 1,023 ft of climb
  • Day 6b – First United Methodist Loop – 29.0 miles, 948 ft of climb
  • Day 6c – First United Methodist Loop – 13.6 miles, 124 ft of climb