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2018 Bay Area and California 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!

Know about an event but don’t see it listed? Send the event information – making sure to include the event name, date(s) and a link or URL – to tips@511contracosta.org.

Happy cycling!

Featured Event – Summer Bike Challenge: June 1 – September 4

The Summer Bike Challenge is fun, healthy, no-cost summer recreation open to all ages. Explore your hometown by biking to parks, City Hall, downtown, the library, Farmers Market, and more. Pick up FREE STUFF at select locations throughout the summer and enter the Grand Prize drawing for an iPad MiniClick for details

Participating Cities: Brentwood, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Oakley, Martinez, Concord


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2018 Bay Area Biking and Cycling Events

Tour of Napa Valley

August 19, 2018 Start Time: 6am to 9:30am depending on route
The 2018 edition of the Tour of Napa Valley will represent the Eagle Cycling Club’s 42nd year producing this premier event. In keeping with our theme of “Pour It On,” we invite you to join us in “pouring on” the fun, be it cruising through idyllic vineyard countryside, perhaps spotting a Bald Eagle over Lake Hennessey, blasting over the rollers alongside Lake Berryessa, chatting with our rest stop volunteers as you enjoy homemade cookies, exulting in reaching the top of the iconic Ink Grade, then taking in the views of the valley from White Cottage Road and finally, enjoying a barbeque lunch washed down by beer and/or local wine.
Location: Yountville, CA

Oakland Museum of California Bike Tour

August 19, 2018 10:00am
Join the Oakland Museum of California Docents on a Bicycle. Tour this summer. Discover and explore the incredible history of Oakland, its visionaries and its scoundrels—who often were the same.The tours are free. Just bring your bikes, helmets, and repair kits and meet us at the 10th Street museum entrance on the third Sunday of the month from May through October. Tours leave promptly at 10 am. Each tour is about six miles long, with few if any hills, and lasts two to two and a half hours.
Location: Oakland, CA

V3 Hopfest

September 15, 2018 7am, 8am, 9:30, 10:30am - Depends on route
V3 is The Ride: Your choice of 15, 30, 60, or 100 mile rides through the majestic foothills of Mount Diablo, the San Ramon Valley and the Livermore Valley. Hopfest is The Party: Craft breweries, live music, food trucks and more! Noon - 5:00 PM. Join us for the Ride, the party or both!
Location: 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA

Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS

September 22, 2018 6:30am to 10am depending on route
The 14th 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 around the Yountville Veterans Home for any non-cyclists!
Location: Yountville, CA

California Coast Classic

September 22, 2018 - September 29, 2016
Join us for the Ride of a Lifetime! The 18th 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 525 miles over 8 days during the best time of year in California
Location: San Francisco, CA

Waves to Wine Ride

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Bike MS: Waves to Wine will take you farther than you've ever gone before. Enjoy a 1-day or 2-day cycling adventure with 2,000 other passionate individuals. Customize your own challenge: depart from San Francisco and traverse coastal Highway 1 on one of our longer routes or cruise the rolling hills and back roads of Sonoma County on a shorter option. Full meals, generous amenities, stunning landscapes, fully stocked rest stops and spirited festivities are all included.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Double Bay Double / Dolly Renegade Ride

September 22, 2018 7:00am - September 23, 2018
The Double Bay Double / Dolly Renegade Ride is a circumnavigation of the San Francisco Bay, starting and ending in SF. It covers 3 bridges and 2 bays in 2 days - 200 miles with great people to raise funds for Project Inform’s HIV and Hepatitis C advocacy, policy, education and research efforts. This fully-supported, small ride features a gorgeous route and entertaining rest stops.
Location: Fort Scott Field, The Presidio, San Francisco

Canary Challenge

September 29, 2018 6:30am to 11am depending on route
The Canary Challenge is a fully supported bike ride, offering 5-kilometer, 50-kilometer, 75-kilometer, 100-kilometer and 100-mile rides — all with multiple food and water stops, mechanical and medical assistance, and plenty of SWAG. The rides cater to all levels of cycling strength — from children, to fixed gear bikes and tandems, to time trial champions, and Pros — the Canary Challenge is a ride for the family! The rides cruise through the foothills of the Bay Area Peninsula, with the 100K and 100-mile routes taking cyclists up and over Skyline Boulevard, through Pescadero and San Gregorio, onto Highway 1, and up the coast. A benefit for the Stanford Cancer Institute.
Location: Palo Alto, CA

Tour Of the Sacramento River Delta (TOSRD)

October 3, 2018 9:00am - October 4, 2018
The Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring Club invites you to venture with us onto the levee back roads of the Sacramento River Delta during the 35th Tour of the Sacramento River Delta (TOSRD), an overnight bicycle tour from Brannan Island State Park to the state capital and back.
Location: Brannan Island State Park, CA

Levi’s GranFondo

October 7, 2018 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

Mount Diablo Challenge

October 7, 2018
The Mount Diablo Challenge is a family-friendly 11.2 mile timed bike ride, starting at Athenian School in Danville and climbing up Southgate Road 3,249 feet to the summit of Mount Diablo.
Location: Danville, CA

Recurring Bike Events Throughout 2018

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

Endless Cycles Ride – Every Fourth Saturday

Fourth Saturday of the month - This no-drop ride meets at Endless Cycles in Castro Valley. Gather at 8:30am, roll out at 8:45am. Route preview can be found at endlesscyclesonline.com. Be sure to sign the waiver at the bike shop before riding. NOTE: Forecast of 30% or more chance of rain from 8:30am-2:00pm cancels this ride.
Location: Endless Cycles: 20825 Nunes Ave, Castro Valley

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.