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2020 Bay Area Biking and Cycling Events
Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired presents the 12th Pedaling Paths to Independence on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Two routes – 25 mi. & 65 mi. – with relatively little climbing make it a great event for almost any type of bike. Enjoy the quiet rural roads of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Calaveras counties, while cycling through verdant pastures, orchards, and vineyards.
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!
Cycle for Sight has three scenic courses – 50, 25, and 15 miles, that wind among the hills and vineyards of the World Famous Napa Valley. The ride starts and finishes in Yountville where the Cycle for Sight Wine and Music Festival will take place. During the festival enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while listening and dancing to live music.
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
CampoVelo combines food, wine, cycling and wellness into an unforgettable Napa Valley weekend of fun. Come for a day or spend the whole weekend. The BIG Ride on Sunday offers 3 route options: 30, 55 & 80 miles.
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.
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.
The Backroad Challenge is the best way to spend a Saturday outside. It’s your chance to ride one of four epic Wine Country back road routes that will take your breath away and test your resolve. Get your buddies together, drag them over the Marshall Wall, draft behind them on Chileno Valley Road, wait until that perfect moment then swing out and beat them to that cold beer and BBQ at the Backroad Festival.….No one will be disappointed. Make this the year that you took the Backroad Challenge and let your legs determine that you’re worthy.
The Devil’s Slide Road Rides are back, featuring three routes which offer something for everyone, from semi-regular weekend riders to hard-core endurance cyclists and triathletes. The selected routes feature breath-taking coastal vistas, fearsome mountain climbs, rolling hills and winding backroads. No matter which you choose, we guarantee that you’ll have a “devilishly” good time!
The courses range in distance from 40 to 101 miles, with staffed, well-stocked aid stations located at regular intervals along the routes.
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.
All of the successful (and most of the unsuccessful) TT participants are experienced, fit riders. The Terrible Two should not be your first double century. Before you attempt the TT, you should complete such rides as the Markleeville Death Ride (all passes), Climb to Kaiser, or the Davis Double. Most riders who have done both Davis and the TT find that the latter takes three to four hours longer, depending on one's climbing ability. So please don't attempt the Terrible Two if Davis took you much over 13 hours. On the other hand, don't be intimidated. If you've completed other doubles comfortably, you ought to try this. All the climbing may be a big challenge, but you do get to rest on all the descents, and it's certainly more scenic and entertaining than 200 miles of flat lands!
Thank you for joining us in Calistoga. We loved the new venue at the Napa County Fairgrounds and plan to return in 2020. Please save the date for the 44th annual Tour of Napa Valley on Aug. 16, 2020. We are already making plans for the event and hope to bring back the BBQ and Carnitas.
Calistoga allows for 5 distances – a flat 35 miles all within the Napa Valley, a “hilly” 50 miles with moderate climbs, a 62.5 mile metric century, an 80-miler that includes all of the climbing but less flat riding and our iconic Century that mirrors the 80-miler but with more flat riding. We have Rest Stops every 25 miles stocked with tasty treats, including our home-made cookies! The three longer routes include a lunch stop hosted in Pope Valley. A delicious post-ride dinner is awaiting riders upon their return to Calistoga.
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.