Get those calves in shape! Now that the weather’s been shaping up nicely, there’s no excuse not to get out that two-wheeler of yours and hit some of the fantastic trails in Contra Costa County.
If you feel like traveling further, we’ve got resources for East Bay and Bay Area bike maps, too.
For ideas on longer, more scenic routes to try, read the San Francisco Chronicle article: Long rides for lengthening days.
For those of you looking to compete (or just go watch bikers), we’ve listed some upcoming cycling events. If we missed one you think we should know about, leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
Click on the map to view our comprehensive list of East Bay and Bay Area bike maps and bike locker locations.
Novice cyclist? Don’t worry, sign up for 511CC’s Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program and we’ll cover all your needs, beginning with:
- a helmet or lock and bicycle tune-up
- $0.49 per mile you ride to work up to $100.00/mo. for three months
LOCAL & NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EVENTS
Mid-Week Morning Ride (Wednesdays)
Description: 8:30 AM 35-45 miles, 2-3, M-B Meet at Raley’s shopping center at Jarvis & Newark Blvd., for a ride across the Dumbarton Bridge to a destination on the Peninsula.
Lafayette to Pinole (Thursdays)
Description: 2-M 38 miles 10:00 a.m. Riders loop from Lafayette to Pinole, then return via the San Pablo reservoir and Orinda.
Chico Wildflower Century (April 25, 2010)
Description: The Wildflower has grown steadily over the years to 4,000 participants. 3,150 ride the hills (Mildflower 65 and Wildflower 100), 750 ride the Flatflowers and 100 young cyclists ride the Childflower 15 on the bike path to Durham.
Sea Otter Classic (April 15-18, 2010)
Description: Races for mountain biking, road biking and stunts with wooden and dirt obstacles
Bike to Work Day (May 13, 2010)
Description: This will be the 16th annual Bike to Work Day for the San Francisco Bay Area, with all nine Bay Area counties participating.
Tour de Starbucks (May 15, 2010)
Description: Ride 8, 24, or 62 scenic miles through East Contra Costa County. Register by May 14 and help benefit the Brentwood Police Activities League and the Brentwood Youth Commission.
The Echelon Gran Fondo Cycling Series (May 23, 2010)
Description: Napa beneficiaries include Queen of the Valley Medical Center and St. Helena Hospital. The national beneficiary will be LIVESTRONG™, The Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Bike MS: National MS Society
- Bike MS: Graeagle Ride 2010 (Aug 28 – 29, 2010) – Graeagle , CA
- Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2010 (Sep 25 – 26, 2010) – San Francisco, CA
Ride for Youth 2010 (October 23, 2010)
Description: Ride for Youth benefits the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley. For more information, visit http://www.smvymca.org/ or register here.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EVENTS
Bike MS: Bay to Bay Tour 2010 (Oct 16 – 17, 2010) – Irvine, CA
AMGEN Tour of California (May 16 – 23, 2010)
Description: Founded in 2005, this is the largest cycling event in America. The race has eight stages:
- Nevada City – Sacramento
- Davis – Santa Rosa
- San Francisco – Santa Cruz
- San Jose – Modesto
- Visalia – Bakersfield
- Pasadena – Big Bear Lake
- Los Angeles
- Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills