Updating to 2016
Tour of Novato and West Marin Metric Century — May 2, 2015 The West Marin Metric Century route follows rural roads with rolling hills and a few challenging climbs out to Point Reyes Station. Tour of Novato cyclists choose either a 40- or 13-kilometer route. Sponsored by School Fuel, the Novato Foundation for Public Schools to benefit students and classrooms.
Wine Country Century — May 2, 2015 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)
Race Across America Cycling Challenge – Oceanside — May 2, 2015 Presented by Race Across America, the weekend includes two non-competitive rides (60 and 120 miles), 2 endurance races (200 and 400 miles), and an expo and post-event party. The 120-mile ride is a Gran Fondo; the races are solo, or 2- or 4-person teams.
Grizzly Peak Century — May 3, 2015 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 3, 2015 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 9, 2015 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 9, 2015 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.
Cruisin’ the Conejo — May 9, 2015 Celebrating its 31st year in 2015, the southern California bike ride has partnered with Yield to Life, the bike safety nonprofit formed by pro cyclist David Zabriskie. Five route options up to 100 miles. Leaves from Thousand Oaks, sponsored by Conejo Valley Cyclists.
Central Coast Double Century — May 9, 2015 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.
CycloFemme — May 10, 2015 A list of women-oriented bike rides scheduled for Mother’s Day as part of the CycloFemme celebration.
NorCal AIDS Challenge (Sacramento) May 14-17, 2015 This 330-mile bike ride in Central California to benefits HIV/AIDS services in the Sacramento Valley. There’s also a shorter weekend option. Online support for training and fund-raising.
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 16, 2015 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.
California Classic Century Ride — May 16, 2015 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 North Coast — May 22-26, 2016 The bike tour starts in Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
Tour de Marin — May 18, 2014 Meets at the Whole Foods Market in San Raphael for a 45-mile ride; includes food, swag bag and ride support. Presented by the Marin Country 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 22-25, 2015 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 more than 47-year-old event can tent camp or RV at the fairgrounds.
Spring Borrego Double Ordeal Ride — May 23, 2015 Slightly more than 200 miles through the desert, beginning in the southern California town of Borrego Springs. Presented by Mountain High Cycling.
Tour de Cure – Roseville — May 30, 2015 Gold Country Tour de Cure starts at Johnson Springview Park and offers five route options of 100 to 10 miles. Fund-raiser for American Diabetes Association
San Diego Century Bicycle Tour — May 30, 2015 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 30, 2015 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 30, 2015 Four route options include the Double Metric Century and the Hammerhead Century (featuring a morning hillclimb). All rides leave from Libby Park in Ojai.
Sierra Century — May 30, 2015 [40th anniversary in 2015} 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.)
Auburn Century — May 31, 2015 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.
Sequoia Century — May 31, 2015 Western Wheelers Bicycle Club of Palo Alto presents three fully supported challenging routes through the Santa Cruz Mountains of 56, 71 and 113 miles.
AIDS Lifecycle May 31- June 6, 2015 The fund-raiser is produced by and helps benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center i. 545 miles. Register soon; participants must raise a minimum $3,000.
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