Cycling Events

Looking to ride your bike but want some new ideas? We’ve got ‘em! Check out our list of recurring and annual cycling events which includes social rides, group road rides, gran fondos, charity events and more!

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2019 Bay Area Biking and Cycling Events

Cinderella Classic and Challenge

March 30, 2019 Riders Start 7:00am-9:00 am

This unique bicycle tour for women of all ages and abilities winds through Amador, Livermore, Diablo, and San Ramon Valleys. The Classic route is a metric century (65 miles/105k) and is mostly flat with a few moderate hills. From the new start at Las Positas College in Livermore, the ride goes north on Collier Canyon Rd. and then along the base of beautiful Mt. Diablo to Danville before circling south through Pleasanton, out through the vineyards of Livermore, then north of Livermore, where it turns south and back to the Las Positas College.

Charming Princes will be at three rest/food stops along the way, with a cold lunch at the second stop. Our SAG service patrols the entire route to provide rider assistance if required. A Cinderella Classic ride patch is awarded to every rider. Leave your Prince Charming at home or better yet, have him volunteer, and enjoy a special day!

Location: Las Positas College - Livermore, CA

Sea Otter Classic

April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019
A four day event with an expo, races for professional and amateur cyclists, festivities for all ages and more! The Sea Otter Classic is held at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area (1025 Monterey Salinas Hwy 68, Salinas).
Location: 1025 Monterey Salinas Hwy 68, Salinas, CA

Tierra Bella

April 13, 2019
The Almaden Cycle Touring Club invites you to celebrate Spring by riding some of the prettiest roads in southern Santa Clara County on our 42nd annual Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour. One of California's top-rated cycling events, the Tierra Bella takes place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. With four different routes, from flat to hilly, you're sure to find the route that's right for you.
Location: Gavilan College, on Santa Teresa Blvd. just south of Gilroy

Primavera Century

April 20, 2019

Ride the best of East Bay’s scenic roads on the Primavera Century!

Climb the challenging Calaveras Wall, then cycle the scenic route along Calaveras Reservoir. Ride past Livermore vineyards and wineries, and wind turbines of Altamont Pass. After lunch at a winery, it’s up and over the tree-shaded Palomares Road with a thrilling descent to Niles Canyon. Return to the start for a hearty meal.

Four Beautiful Routes to choose from!
  • Century: 100 miles
  • 85 mile Option: 86 miles
  • Metric Century: 100K, 63 miles
  • Fun Ride: 25 miles, mostly flat, 464′ ascent
Location: Mission San Jose High School, 41717 Palm Avenue, Fremont, CA

Devil Mountain Double Century

April 27, 2019 5:55am
This is a double century is 206 mils and over 20,000 feer (Cateye accuracy) of elevation gain in one day!
Location: San Ramon, CA

Wine Country Century

May 4, 2019
Sonoma County is famous for its scenic backroad cycling, and this event shows you why. In addition to passing by many of the region's premier vineyards, the route winds through redwoods, apple orchards, and shady broadleaf forest. It meanders across meadows sprinkled with wildflowers and climbs over hillsides dotted with eucalyptus, bay, and oak. This is considered a moderately easy century...a good choice for those attempting their first 100-miler. It is not all flat though, and by the time the finish rolls around, even seasoned riders will feel they've earned their after-ride meal.
Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Grizzly Peak Century

May 5, 2019
Every year since 1975 the Grizzly Peak Cyclists have hosted the Grizzly Peak Century. The event is known for its challenging but beautiful terrain and gourmet home-made food. There are three routes to choose from, all of them very hilly: 52 miles, 76 miles, and 102 miles. The latter two routes are identical for the first 73 miles (the north loop), at which point the metric century route returns to the finish while the full century route continues on to the south.
Location: Campolindo High School, 300 Moraga Rd, Moraga, CA

AIDS Lifecycle

June 2, 2019 - June 8, 2019

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. As part of this event, thousands of people participating as either Cyclists, Roadies, Volunteers, or Virtual Cyclists raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS-related services and bring to light the fact that HIV/AIDS is still a devastating disease in our society, particularly the LGBT community and communities of color.

Location: San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA

Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS

September 21, 2019 6:30am to 10am depending on route
The 15th Annual Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk is a one-day cycling event designed to appeal to every level of cyclist and supporter of The ALS Association. We offer a 100-mile route (century), TWO 62-mile routes (metric century) -- one "lite" route and a challenge route, a 38-mile route, a 28-mile route, and a 12-mile route. We also have a short walk for any non-cyclists!
Location: Yountville, CA

California Coast Classic

September 21, 2019 - September 28, 2019
Join us for the Ride of a Lifetime! The 19th annual California Coast Classic (CCC) is a fully-supported boutique tour limited to 250 riders to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Ride the iconic Highway 1—from San Francisco to Los Angeles among waves, woods, and wineries—fully supported at your own pace. We ride along coastal roads and camp or hotel in areas not open to larger groups. The CCC covers 530 miles over 8 days during the best time of year in California.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Levi’s GranFondo

October 5, 2019 8am
Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world. It began in 2009 with the inaugural ride hosting 3,500 participants and is the brainchild of former professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer. Levi donates 100% of his time to the event that bears his name so that our community and the charities that benefit from your registration fees and fundraising can thrive.
Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Recurring Bike Events Throughout 2019

MTB Ride: Sports Basement WC – 4th Sunday

This mountain bike ride meets at Sports Basement in Walnut Creek. Gather at 9am, roll out at 9:15am. Note: The first monthly ride is scheduled for March 18, 2018 - it will move to the fourth Sunday starting with April 22.
Location: Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

Road Ride: Sports Basement WC – Sunday Morning

This road ride meets at Sports Basement in Walnut Creek. Gather at 9am, roll out at 9:15am. Note: The first ride is scheduled for March 18, 2018.
Location: Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

Free Bike Maintenance Clinic – 2nd & 4th Saturdays

Sports Basement Walnut Creek's bike shop mechanics will take you through the basics (and not-so-basics) of maintaining your bike in this free class. Bring lots of questions! All levels are welcome. Topics will vary depending on crowd.
Location: Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

Delta Pedalers Bicycle Club – Thursday Night Ride

Every Thursday Night (7pm) – open to non-members
Location: Extreme Pizza at Balfour Rd. and Fairview Ave, Brentwood, CA

Scotty’s Ride – Saturday Morning

Saturdays at 8:30am – Same loop as the 8am Roasters Ride, but a more social pace.  Good for base building.  This group stops at Pt. Reyes station to eat at a really good bakery called Bovine.  The ride then usually takes the coast back to SF.  It is a hillier route but more scenic than the Roasters ride
Location: Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion

Roasters Ride – Saturday & Sunday Mornings

Saturdays & Sundays at 8am – A very organic, 80 mile ride, which has been going for a long time – people show up every sat at 8am unless its a hurricane – there are always riders there. A really competitive 45 mile ride with 17 miles of preamble and 17 of warm down riding out and back from the bridge.
Location: SF Golden Gate Bridge (south side/south parking lot)

House of Pain – Saturday Morning

The Lowdown: There are three versions of the House of Pain (HOP) ride.  HOP, HOP Medium, and HOP Lite.  All three of them leave Peet’s in Danville on Saturday morning between 8:45am and 9:15am.  HOP (9:15am) – full on race ride, no waiting for the weak or people with flats.  No regroups. HOP Lite (8:45am) – steady pace.  No attacking and there are a couple of regroups. HOP Medium (9:00am) – In between HOP and HOP Medium.
Location: Peet’s Coffee Danville

East Bay Bike Party – Every Second Friday

Second Friday of the month – Probably the most fun you'll have riding in the East Bay, this ride is open to all skill levels. The ride changes in route and theme each month, but it is easy to stay updated with all the necessary details.
Location: Varies

Delta Pedalers Bicycle Club – Monday Night Ride

Every Monday Evening (7pm) – open to non-members
Location: Parking lot between Krispy Kreme and Ross at Sand Creek Rd. and Hwy 4 Bypass, Brentwood, CA

Delta Pedalers – Sunday Morning Road Rides

On Sunday Mornings the Delta Pedalers Bicycle Club offers 3 road rides at different paces: Casual (10-20 mi.), Moderate (~35 mi.) and Moderate-to-Fast (~35 mi.). In the Fall & Winter all rides start at 9am, but in the Spring & Summer, the two faster rides leave at 8am. All rides are open to non-members.
Location: Bagel Street Cafe, 3181 Balfour Rd, Brentwood, CA.