2016 (Updating to 2017)
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. 4-12, 2017.
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. 25 – March 2, 2017.
Route 66: The Mother Road Eastward — This seven-week van tour takes route 66 from Santa Monica all the way to Chicago. Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Apr. 15 – June 4, 2017.
Southern California Sierra — Starting in San Diego, this van-supported travels from the Mexican border to Lake Isabelle. On the way enjoy Big Bear Lake and Idyllwild. Dates: May 13-26, 2017.
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 28 – June 12, 2017.
Great American West — Ride through red-rock country, the San Juan Range in Colorado and the “Loneliest Road in America” on this van-supported tour starting in San Francisco and ending in Pueblo, Colorado. Dates: June 10 – July 15, 2017.
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 11-18, 2017.
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 14 – July 2, 2017.
Sierra Sampler — Fully supported bicycle touring in the Sierras. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 9-16, 2017.
Pacific Coast – Central — From Eugene to San Francisco, this is a shorter version of the Pacific Coat van-supported bike tour. Offered by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 9-23, 2017.
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. 10-Oct. 20, 2017.
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.
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: Sept. 30-Oct. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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