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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2020 Bay Area Biking and Cycling Events

Pedaling Paths to Independence

February 22, 2020 8:30-10:00 AM depending on route

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.
Location: DeVinci's Delicatessen (18847 East Front Street, Linden)

Cinderella Classic and Challenge

March 28, 2020 7:00-9:00 AM depending on route

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

Cycle for Sight

April 18, 2020 8:00-9:30 AM depending on route

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.
Location: Napa, CA

Primavera Century

April 19, 2020

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

CampoVelo

May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020

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.
Location: Napa Valley, CA

Wine Country Century

May 2, 2020

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 3, 2020 7:30-10:00 AM depending on route

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

Sonoma County Backroad Challenge

May 16, 2020 6:00-9:00AM depending on route

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.
Location: Penngrove, CA

Devil’s Slide Ride

May 30, 2020 6:30-9:00 AM depending on route

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.
Location: Pacifica, CA

AIDS Lifecycle

May 31, 2020 - June 6, 2020

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

Terrible Two-Santa Rosa Cycling Club

June 20, 2020 7:30-8:00 AM depending on route

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!
Location: Sebastopol, CA

Tour of Napa Valley

August 16, 2020 6:00-9:30 AM depending on route

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.
Location: Calistoga, CA

Levi’s GranFondo

October 3, 2020 8:00 AM

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 2020

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.