Levi’s GranFondo — Oct. 4, 2014 A chance for all levels of bicyclists to ride with Leipheimer and some of his pro friends. Leaves from Santa Rosa and visits the Sonoma coast, redwoods and vineyards. Three options of 40, 65 and 104 miles. This is a fund-raiser for several local charities and the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. Register ASAP!
Konocti Challenge — Oct. 4, 2014 Four courses comprising a family fun ride to a century around Clear Lake in Lake County. Benefits Lakeport Rotary.
Grizzly Century — Oct. 4, 2014 A 100-mile ride starting in North Fork to promote the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway. Also, 63- and 25-mile loops.
Mt. Diablo Challenge — Oct. 5, 2014 Eleven-mile ride, all uphill, to the top of Mt. Diablo in East Bay suburbs of San Francisco Bay. 1,000 cyclists expected Must pre-register. Sponsored by Save Mt. Diablo.
Fruit Yard Century– Oct. 11, 2014 (was Riverbank Wine and Cheese Century) Three rides — 25, 62 and 110 miles — encompassing everything from flat Central Valley farmland to steep Mother Lode foothills. The ride begins at the Fruit Yard Restaurant in Modesto. Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Bicycle Club..
Bike MS Coastal Challenge (formerly Southern California Ride)– Oct. 11-12, 2014 The coastal route starts in Santa Monica, overnights in Ventura, then ends in Santa Barbara. A shorter route begins and ends in Ventura. Multiple route mileages from 30 to 150 miles. Benefits the National MS Society.
Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century — Oct. 11, 2014 The 200-mile bike ride begins in Clovis and routes cyclists up to about 3,800-foot elevation, with an estimated 16,000-foot total elevation gain. Lights are required for this one, although they can be dropped off at a morning rest stop and picked up at another stop later on the route. Sponsored by the Frenso Cycling Club.
Asti Tour de Vine – Oct. 11, 2014 Northern Sonoma County is the setting for four options of 25k, 50k, 100k or 100 miles (Rockpile Rumble).
Challenge Ride Fondo – Oct. 12, 2014 Three route options starting in Durham. The Gran Fondo 100 and Medio Fondo 65 offer mass start, timed events on hilly, but lightly traveled back roads. Check-ins will be monitored. The Piccolo 40 is shorter, more flat, and is not timed. Presented by Chico Velo.
Solvang’s Finest Century – Oct. 18, 2014 One hundred miles around Solvang. Presented by Planet Ultra; supports the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Spooktacular – Oct. 18, 2014 Several strenuous cycling routes — including a century ride with 10,000 feet of climbing — in and around Bakersfield. Rides include Hideous Hundred, Horrible Hundred, Nightmare Ninety, Morbid Metric, Frightful Forty, and Trembling Twenty. Sponsored by Kern Wheelmen.
Col. Allensworth Century — Cancelled The century rolls across the San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra foothills. Optional bike rides of 40 and 80 miles take cyclists to the edge of the foothills; also 90 miles. Starts at Colonel Allensworth state park located between Visalia and Bakersfield. Sponsored by Crankin’ Time Cycling.
Solvang Double Century — Oct. 18, 2014 A 191-mile route with more than 10,000 feet of climbing. Presented by Planet Ultra.
Valley Girls Ride – Oct. 18, 2014 Tour bike routes of 10 to 64 miles presented by Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association. Starts in Clovis.
Tour de Pink (California) — Oct. 17-19, 2014 Young Survival Coalition is sponsoring a charity bike ride for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The three-day ride rolls out from Paso Robles to Point Mugu.
Wheels for Meals Ride — Oct. 18, 2014 The ride that supports the Alameda County Meals for Wheels offers three routes of 70, 35 and 15 miles starting in Pleasanton.
Foxy’s Fall Century — Oct. 18, 2014 Billed as a good “first century,” the three bike routes — 31, 62, or 100 miles — take cyclists through the orchards and rolling hills of Solano and Napa counties. Begins at Davis High School and sponsored by the Davis Bike Club.
Santa Barbara Century — Oct. 18, 2014 The century and metric century start at Leadbetter Beach and visit beaches and mountains of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria. Significant elevation gain on each.
Miramar Bay to Bay MS Tour — Oct. 18-19, 2014 The fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society follows the Pacific Coast from Irvine to San Diego. Bike ride options of 30, 100 or 150 miles.
OC Ride for AIDS — Oct. 25, 2014 This charity ride for the AIDS Services Foundation gives cyclists three options — 30, 62 or 100 miles. All the loops begin and end at William R. Mason Regional Park, Shelter 6, and include the Pacific Coast Highway and the Back Bay Bike Trail.
Tour de Cure — Oct. 25, 2014 Route options for roadies and mountain bikers highlight this charity ride that is based in Rancho Santa Margarita. Fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association./
Fall Death Valley Century, Ultra Century and Double Century — Oct. 25, 2014 Three options of 100-mile century, 144-mile ultra century or 200-mile double century. Presented by AdventureCorps. (These rides fill up fast.)
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.