Also see Charity Bike Rides
Death Valley Loop 4 — 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. Date: March 2-8, 2013 (3 other rides, but they’re booked).
Sierra Cascade – A 2,570-mile self-contained bicycle tour from San Diego to Bellingham, WA, passing through some of the western states most stunning national parks. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: May 25 – July 30, 2013.
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 eight-day ride is designed for experienced cyclists and is limited to 130 riders. Dates: June 15-22, 2013. Contact the Almaden Cycle Touring Club’s website for information and registration (registration opens Jan. 16, 2013).
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 2-8, 2013.
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 22-26, 2013.
Emigrant Trails Bike Trek — The three-day bicycle tour has moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2013 after rolling out in Napa for the past few years. Check the website for details. Dates: Sept. 6, 7, and 8, 2013.
Wine and Harvest Bike Tour — A fully supported 260-mile bike tour through the California wine country in the harvest season. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 15-22, 2013.
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. 28 – Oct. 5, 2013.
Sierra Sampler visits California’s highlights in the Sierra Cascade bicycle route. Fully supported. Bicyclists will ride 350 miles; presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 7-14, 2013.
Wild Coast – Central is a new ride offered by Adventure Cycling Association. The van-supported tour rolls along the Pacific Coast from Eugene, Ore., to San Francisco for 690 miles Dates: Sept. 7 – 21, 2013.
Wild Coast – South is a continuation of Wild Coast Central, completing the bike journey along the Pacific Coast to San Diego. Van-supported by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 22, to Oct. 5, 2013.
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. 24-Nov. 3, 2013.
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, 2012. Sponsored by Hostelling International San Diego.
See also —
Sea Otter Classic — See more at California Bike Ride Calendar
Colorado across state bicycle tours