Levi’s GranFondo — Oct. 5-7, 2018 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. Eleven route options. This is a fund-raiser for several local charities and the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. Register ASAP!
Surf City AIDS Ride — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 1, 2017 The fund-raiser for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project has four options of 12 to 100 miles that direct riders south down the coast, through rolling hills, and strawberry fields. Seven rest stops are offered, including the famous Gizdich pie stop. Starts and ends at Santa Cruz County Courthouse.
Pablove Across America — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 1-7, 2017 A 550-mile bike ride from the East Bay to LA. The route heads east into Yosemite and Sequoia national parks ending up in Los Angeles. A fund-raiser to support the battle against childhood cancer.
Konocti Challenge — Oct. 6, 2018 Four courses comprising a family fun ride to a century around Clear Lake in Lake County. Benefits Lakeport Rotary.
Sacramento Century Challenge — Oct. 6, 2018 The loop rides start at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento and features four mostly flat courses of 100 miles, metric century, metric half-century, and 16 miles. Proceeds will benefit Sacramento Children’s Home’s Crisis Nursery program.
Grizzly Century — Oct. 6, 2018 A 100-mile ride starting in North Fork to promote the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway. Also, 63- and 25-mile loops.
California Dream Ride — Oct. 7-12, 2018 California Bicycle Coalition benefits from this ride from Santa Barbara to San Diego; 290 miles.
Mt. Diablo Challenge — Oct. 7, 2018 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.
Asti Tour de Vine — Oct. 13, 2018 Northern Sonoma County is the setting for four bike route options of 25k, 50k, 100k or 100 miles (Rockpile Rumble).
Golden Hills Century — Oct. 13, 2018 (formerly Fruit Yard Century, and Riverbank Wine and Cheese Century) The ride starts in Knights Ferry and explores the Mother Lode foothills on three options — 23, 66 and 100 miles. (Check in at Odd Fellows Hall on Sonora Road) Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Bicycle Club.
Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century — Oct. 13, 2018 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.
CF Cycle for Life – Sacramento — Oct. 7, 2018 The Cycle for Life bike rides raise money for research and treatment for cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of some 30,000 adults and children in the US. The fund-raisers typically feature a one-day bike ride with several mileage options
Tour de Pink (California) — Oct. 26-28, 2018 Young Survival Coalition is sponsoring a charity bike ride for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The three-day ride rolls out from Santa Barbara to Del Mar
Rat Beach Bike Tour — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 14, 2017 This charity bike ride begins and ends at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, with options of 15.5, 31, and 62 miles.
Lighthouse 2018 Ride — Oct. 22, 2018 The bike ride offers two hilly centuries and a flat metric century. All rides begin at Morro Bay High School. Sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club. (Note: Register early!)
Wildcat Gran Fondo — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 21, 2017 Ride of 15, 25, 50, 70, 106, 126 miles leaving from Palo Cedro Community Park, Palo Cedro CA 96073. Fund-raiser for children’s helmet use in Shasta County.
Solvang’s Finest Century — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 21, 2017 One hundred miles around Solvang. Presented by Planet Ultra; supports the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Spooktacular — Oct. 28, 2018 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.
Solvang Double Century — Oct. 20, 2018 A 194-mile bicycle route with more than 11,000 feet of climbing. Presented by Planet Ultra.
Bay to Bay — Oct. 20-21, 2018 Bike from Irvine to San Diego on this Bike MS charity ride. Choose between 25-mile one-day option or 100-, 125-, or 150-mile two-day options
Discovery Classic Bike Ride — Oct. 20, 2018 Beginning in Hollister, two options feature the Gravel Grinder (road bikes work well using wider tires) or Family Fun Ride. Travels through valley bordered by mountain ranges. Presented by San Benito Chamber of Commerce.
Foxy’s Fall Century — Oct. 20, 2018 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 — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 21, 2017 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. 20-21, 2018 The fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society follows the Pacific Coast from Irvine to San Diego. Bike ride options of 25, 100, 125 or 150 miles.
Patriotic Ride for our Heroes — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 21, 2017 This ride offers routes from 10 to 100 miles in Indian Wells. Other festivities surrounding the bike ride include car shows, concerts, parachute jumps and a JR ROTC drill competition.
Wheels for Meals Ride — Oct. 13, 2018 The ride that supports the Alameda County Meals for Wheels offers three routes of 70, 35 and 15 miles starting in Pleasanton
Oceanside Double Century — Oct. 27, 2018 This 200-mile bike ride uses roads along the coast as well as climbs into the mountains and desert. Options of 130 and 150 miles also are offered. The ride, which starts and ends in Oceanside, is included in the California Triple Crown Series.
OC Ride for AIDS — (2018 TBA)
Oct. 28, 2017 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 in Irvine, and include the Pacific Coast Highway and the Back Bay Bike Trail.