Updating to 2016
Also see Charity Bike Rides
Death Valley Loops — Van-supported bicycle tour of the Death Valley leaves from Las Vegas and covers a 318-mile route through desert landscapes. Offered by the non-profit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: March 5-12, 2016; March 13-20, 2016; and March 26 – April 2, 2016.
Climate Ride Death Valley National Park — This charitable cycling challenge explores the Death Valley, a renown for little car traffic, warm winter weather, and unparalleled desert vistas. Limited to 40 bicycle riders. Dates: Feb. 27 – March 3, 2016
Climate Ride North Coast – California follows the Pacific Coast from Eureka to San Francisco. Supports active transportation and environmental nonprofits. Dates: May 22-26, 2016
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 5-11, 2016.
Sierra to the Sea Bicycle Tour covers some 420 miles from the Mother Lode in the Sierra Nevada, through the Sacramento and Napa Valleys to the Pacific Coast, ending at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The ride is designed for experienced cyclists and is limited to 130 riders. (A two-day Lake Tahoe option add two days of cycling before the main event) Dates: June 18-25, 2016. 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: June 18-22, 2016.
Muir’s Ride to Restore Hetch Hetchy follows the path of natural John Muir’s route from Pleasanton to the picturesque valley north of Yosemite Valley. Funds raised will benefit Restore Hetch Hetchy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the reservoir to its former splendor. Dates: September
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. 16-18, 2016.
Sierra Sampler — Fully supported bicycle touring in the Sierras. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 10-17, 2016.
Pacific Coast ensures a water view on the right side for 1,900 miles from Bellingham, Wash., to San Diego. This is a van-supported Adventure Cycling Association bike tour. Dates: Sept. 20-Oct. 30, 2016.
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. 24 – Oct. 1, 2016.
Pacific Coast – South is a continuation of Pacific Coast Central, completing the bike journey along the Pacific Coast to San Diego. Van-supported (van carries luggage and group supplies) by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Oct. 1-14, 2016.
Pablove Across America — Oct. 2-8, 2016 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.
California Dream Ride — Oct. 3 – 8, 2016 A five-day bike tour from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. 277 miles. Proceeds benefit the California Bicycle Coalition.
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. 20-26, 2016.
HI USA Christmas Bike Ride takes advantage of Southern California’s warm, dry weather for this 400-mile bike tour through the desert, mountains and seacoast in the San Diego area. Most days about 65 miles; one day of 100 miles. Dates: December 26-31, 2015 Sponsored by Hostelling International San Diego.
See also —
Sea Otter Classic — See more at California Bike Ride Calendar
Colorado across state bicycle tours