Wine Country Century — May 3, 2014 Four routes through Sonoma County wine country with options for 35 miles, 66 miles, 100 miles, or 130 miles. Limit 2,500; sponsored by Santa Rosa Bicycling Club (registration opens Feb. 1)
Tour of Novato — May 3, 2014 Three bicycle route options — 8, 25 and 62 miles — are available for this fund-raiser for students in the Novato Unified School District. Sign in on Sherman Avenue near City Hall in Novato.
Tour de Cure – Roseville — May 3, 2014 Gold Country Tour de Cure starts at Hewlett Packard. Fund-raiser for American Diabetes Association.
Grizzly Peak Century — May 4, 2014 A 100-mile ride up Grizzly Peak in eastern suburbs of San Francisco Bay; leaves from Campolindo High School, Moraga; sponsored by Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Tour de Cure – Yountville (Napa Valley) — May 4, 2014 Starts at the Veterans Home of California, featuring several options from 10 to 100 miles. Fund-raiser for American Diabetes Foundation.
Tour of Long Beach — May 10, 2014 Ride a 31- or 62-mile option or the 100-mile gran fondo from the Queen Mary to the Hollywood sign and back.
Tour of the Unknown Coast – May 10, 2014 Bicyclists can tour northern California’s remote Humboldt County on routes ranging from 20 miles to 200 miles; metric century and century bike rides offered as well.
Mother Lode Century — May 9, 2015 Three ride options through the foothills of the California gold country: Motherlode – 94 miles (with an optional 6-mile loop); Gold Nugget – 64 miles; and Gold Dust -28 miles. Based in Lotus.
Central Coast Double Century — May 10, 2014 The bike ride leaves Paso Robles and climbs into the Santa Lucia Range and down the Salinas Valley; total 209 miles and 13,000 feet of climbing; part of the Triple Crown; there’s also a 170-mile Central Coast Challenge.
Muir’s Ride to Restore Hetch Hetchy – May 15-18, 2014 The ride 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.
Sonoma County Backroad Challenge — May 17, 2014 Features three bike ride options on Sonoma County’s pastoral roads — 99, 70 and 35 miles. The loops start and finish at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. Presented by Petaluma Sunrise Rotary.
Tour de Cure – San Diego – May 17, 2014 Four options of bike routes – 10, 30, 50 or 100 miles – leave from the campus of Torrey Pines High School.. .Fund-raiser for American Diabetes Foundation.
California Classic Century Ride – May 17, 2014 A 10-mile section of the Sierra Freeway (Route 168) is closed to cars for this bike ride that starts in Fresno. Three options of 35, 60 and 100 miles. (All riders must start at 7 a.m.)
Climate Ride California – May 17-20, 2014 The bike tour starts in San Francisco and overnights in Petaluma, Calistoga and Napa before arriving in Sacramento. Benefits the California Bicycle Coalition.
Julian Death March – May 24, 2014 The infamous Julian Death March is for the experienced and conditioned mountain biker. 12,000 feet of climbing for the 86-mile course; 9,000 feet for the 64-mile course and 7,000 feet for the 50-mile course. Presented by R&B Bicycle Club.
Pasadena Marathon — See June calendar.
Great Western Bike Rally — May 23-26, 2014 The rally over Memorial Day weekend in Paso Robles features 25 bicycling routes for rides of 5 to 100 miles. Although most rides are unsupported, there is a supported century and metric century. Also bike swap, vendors, BBQ, etc. Participants to the 47-year-old event can tent camp or RV at the fairgrounds.
Spring Borrego Double Ordeal Ride – May 24, 2014 Slightly more than 200 miles through the desert, beginning in the southern California town of Borrego Springs. Presented by Mountain High Cycling.
San Diego Century Bicycle Tour – May 31, 2014 A 102-, 65- and 37-mile bike ride options are included in this year’s Encinitas Sports and Fitness Festival. Bicyclists make their way up Dos Pico Peak on the century ride for a 30-mile descent to the finish. Sponsored by city of Encinitas.
Ride Ataxia NorCal — May 31, 2014 Options of 15, 30 or 50 miles or a metric century leaving Memorial Stadium in Davis. Benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, which is researching a cure for the debilitating, life-shortening neuro-muscular disorder. Outback Steakhouse provides post-ride food.
Ojai Valley Century – May 31, 2014 Four route options include the Double Metric Century and the Hammerhead Century (featuring a morning hillclimb). All rides leave from Libby Park in Ojai.
Auburn Century – May 31, 2014 Calling itself the wildest ride in the West, the bike ride features five bike ride options: 40, 60, 80, 106 and 126 miles. The century has 11,000 feet of climbing. Cyclists in the 80- and 106-mile routes can ride the Iowa Hill Time Trial, a timed-course up the 13.5% average grade, 1.75-mile climb. Organized by Auburn Endurance Events.
Sierra Century – May 31, 2014 The event offers 3 routes that take cyclists through Meadow Vista and the foothill towns of Colfax, Applegate, and Newcastle. Homebased at Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth (camp at fairgrounds Friday night). Full rider support includes continental breakfast, unique cuisine at rest stops and complimentary post-ride pasta dinner; sponsored by Sacramento Wheelmen. (Limited to 1,500 cyclists.)
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