Also see Charity Bike Rides
SoCal Sun and Surf — Inn to inn tour starting and finishing in San Diego averaging 50 miles a day. Visit Palm Desert and Borrego Springs along the way. Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Feb. 24-March 4, 2018.
Climate Ride Death Valley National Park — This charitable cycling challenge explores the Death Valley, an area renown for little car traffic, warm winter weather, and unparalleled desert vistas. Limited to 40 bicycle riders. Dates: Feb. 24 – March 1, 2018.
Route 66: The Mother Road Westward — This seven-week van tour takes route 66 from Santa Monica all the way to Chicago. Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 9, to Oct. 29, 2018
Central California Sierra — Ride through parts of Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks on this 16 day van-supported ride. The Adventure Cycling Association tour starts in Lake Isabelle. Dates: May 27 – June 11, 2018.
AIDS Lifecycle is 545-mile fund-raiser bike ride from San Francisco Los Angeles. Sponsored by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. Participants must raise a minimum $3,000. Dates: June 3-9, 2018.
Climate Ride – North Coast — The annual tour visits the North Coast of California in 2018. Raises funds and awareness for sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Dates: May 20-24, 2018
California Wine Country Relaxed — Beginning in Petaluma, this 8 day, 249 mile fully supported tour travels through the Sonoma and Napa valleys, the Alexander and Russian River valleys, Point Reyes, Tomales and Bodega bays, and Marin County. Dates: June 3-10, 2018.
California-Oregon Cascades — Van-supported tour starting at Tahoe and ending in Portland. See Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake and Columbia River Gorge along the way. Dates: June 13 – July 1, 2018.
Sierra to the Sea Bicycle Tour is a bicycle camping tour that travels from Lake Tahoe to the Golden Gate Bridge. The group is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. The ride is designed for experienced cyclists and is limited to 160 riders. About 420 miles Dates: June 16-23, 2018. Contact the Almaden Cycle Touring Club’s website for information and registration.
Cycle the Sierras — The Sierra Nevada in Northern California is the locale for this fully supported annual bike ride. About 300 miles of bicycling with dinner, refreshments and camping at night. Registration limited to first 150 cyclists. Dates (tba): June
BRNW California 2018 — Bicycle Rides Northwest hosts a loop ride around northern California in 2018. The ride begins and ends in Yreka, with overnights in Happy Camp, Hoopa, Weaverville, Etna, and Weed (Mt. Shasta Layover Climb). Options allow 382-435 miles of bicycling and 28,000 to 34,000 elevation gain. Dates: Aug. 4-11, 2018
Emigrant Trails Bike Trek — The three-day bicycle tour has moved back to Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. Check the website for details. Dates:
Sept. 8-10, 2017.
Sierra Sampler — Fully supported bicycle touring in the Sierras. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 8-15, 2018
California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour is a fund-raiser bike ride for the Arthritis Foundation. Two options — 6-day, 355-mile ride from San Francisco to Buellton or if your schedule permits, an 8-day, 525 mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Dates: Sept. 22-29, 2018.Route 66: The Mother Road Westward — An eight-week self-contained bike tour from Chicago to Santa Monica. Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 10-Nov. 3, 2017.
Pablove Across America — A 550-mile bike ride from the East Bay to LA. The route heads east into Yosemite and Sequoia national parks ending up in Los Angeles. A fund-raiser to support the battle against childhood cancer. Dates:
Oct. 1-7, 2017
California Dream Ride — Starts in Folsom along the American River and heads north to Healdsburg via Lake Berryessa and the Napa Valley, along the Russian River and Redwood forests, then back to the coast to San Francisco, ending in Oakland via the ferry. The ride is fully supported (with lodging in hotels), and covers approximately 280 miles over five days. All funds support the California Bicycle Coalition’s “Bikeways to Everywhere” initiative. Limited to 50 people. Dates: Oct. 8-13, 2017
Southern California Vistas — leaves from Chula Vista to set up its base of operations in Anza Borrego Desert State Park near Jamul for this van-supported tour. Presented by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates:
Oct. 14-20, 2017.
See also —
Sea Otter Classic — Dates: April 20-23, 2017
See more at California Bike Ride Calendar
Colorado across state bicycle tours