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 1-7, 2014; March 8-14, 2014; March 15-21, 2014; and March 22-28, 2014.
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: May 15-18, 2014.
Climate Ride – California passes through the wine country for a four-day trip from San Francisco to Sacramento, with overnights in Petaluma, Calistoga and Napa. Supports active transportation and environmental nonprofits. Dates: May 17-20, 2014.
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. (A two-day Lake Tahoe option add two days of cycling before the main event) Dates: June 14-21, 2014. Contact the Almaden Cycle Touring Club’s website for information and registration.
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 1-7, 2014.
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 21-25, 2014.
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. 7-14, 2014.
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. 20-27, 2014.
Pacific Coast – Central is a van-supported tour that rolls along the Pacific Coast from Eugene, Ore., to San Francisco for 690 miles. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 21 – Oct. 5, 2014.
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. 6-19, 2014.
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, 2014.
California by Bike Surf ‘N Turf Tour is a California Bicycle Coalition sponsored ride that rolls down the coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Proceeds go to the Better Bikeways campaign, advocating for more funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign, created to promote awareness of the Three Feet for Safety Act going into effect in September 2014. Lodging, rest stops, SAG and mechanical support are provided. Dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2014.
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, 2013 Sponsored by Hostelling International San Diego.
See also —
Sea Otter Classic — See more at California Bike Ride Calendar
Colorado across state bicycle tours