Updating to 2017
Levi’s GranFondo — See September 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!
Pablove Across America — 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. 1, 2016 Four courses comprising a family fun ride to a century around Clear Lake in Lake County. Benefits Lakeport Rotary.
Napa Ride to Defeat ALS — Oct. 1, 2016 Five bike rides options — 12, 27, Metric and Advanced Metric centuries, and a 100-miler — leaving Yountville. Cyclists will ride through the Napa Valley during grape harvest season, followed by a gourmet lunch, free hot showers, live music and wine tasting at the finish. Fund-raising for ALS is optional.
Grizzly Century — Oct. 1, 2016 A 100-mile ride starting in North Fork to promote the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway. Also, 63- and 25-mile loops.
Pablove Across America — Oct. 2-8, 2016 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.
Arthritis Bike Ride – Pescadero — Oct. 3, 2016 The redwoods and scenic coastline are features in this ride from Portola Valley to Pescadero. Two options of 20 (beginner) and 55 miles (significant climbing).
Asti Tour de Vine — Oct. 6, 2016 Northern Sonoma County is the setting for four options of 25k, 50k, 100k or 100 miles (Rockpile Rumble).
California Dream Ride — Starts in Folsom along the American River and heads north to Healdsburg via Lake Berryessa and the Napa Valley, along the Russian River and Redwood forests, then back to the coast to San Francisco, ending in Oakland via the ferry. The ride is fully supported (with lodging in hotels), and covers approximately 280 miles over five days. All funds support the California Bicycle Coalition’s “Bikeways to Everywhere” initiative. Limited to 50 people. Dates: Oct. 8-13, 2017
Women’s Gran Fondo 2017 — Oct. 8, 2017 Three options of three route distances: 30, 50, and 70 miles around Calistoga. Starts next to Indian Springs Resort at Belkorp Agriculture. Part of the California Girl Series.
Activis CF Cycle for Life – San Diego — Oct. 8, 2016 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.
Share the Road Ride — Oct. 8, 2016 The Simi Valley-based bike ride offers four routes — Century Challenge, Century Bypass, Half Century, and the 25 Mile City Tour.
Golden Hills Century — Oct. 8, 2016 (formerly Fruit Yard Century, and Riverbank Wine and Cheese Century) Inaugural 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.
Activis CF Cycle for Life – Sacramento — Oct. 8, 2016 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.
Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century — Oct. 8, 2016 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.
Surf City AIDS Ride — Oct. 9, 2016 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.
Tour de Pink (California) — Oct. 14-16, 2016 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.
Wildcat Gran Fondo — Oct. 14, 2017 Ride distances 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 — Oct. 15, 2016 One hundred miles around Solvang. Presented by Planet Ultra; supports the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Spooktacular — Oct. 15, 2016 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. 15, 2016 A 194-mile route with more than 11,000 feet of climbing. Presented by Planet Ultra.
Valley Girls Ride — Oct. 15, 2016 Tour bike routes of 30, 44 and 64 miles presented by Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association. Starts in Clovis.
Foxy’s Fall Century — Oct. 15, 2016 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. 22, 2016 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. 22-23, 2016 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.
OC Ride for AIDS — Oct. 22, 2016 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.
Santa Clarita Gran Fondo — Oct. 22, 2016 Featuring 100, 60 and 20 mile routes, this ride travels through the hills and mountains of Santa Clarita Valley.
Patriotic Ride for our Heroes — Oct. 22, 2016 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. 29, 2016 The ride that supports the Alameda County Meals for Wheels offers three routes of 70, 35 and 15 miles starting in Pleasanton.
Giro Della Costa Centrale — Oct. 30, 2016 Four bike routes of 100, 61, 50 and 25 miles along the coast and mountains of San Luis Obispo.
SLO GranFondo — Oct. 30, 2016 This ride out of San Luis Obispo has three distances to choose from that will take you through SLO Town, wine country and the Central Coast. Ride with the pros including Bob Roll.
Fall Death Valley Century, Ultra Century and Double Century — Three options of 100-mile century, 144-mile ultra century or 200-mile double century. Presented by AdventureCorps. (These rides fill up fast.)
Bike MS Coastal Challenge (formerly Southern California Ride) — 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.
Tour de Cure – Anaheim — Cancelled A ride around Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim. Fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association.