San Diego County
Bicycle Rides


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Organized Bicycle Events

Online registration for many bicycle events is available at active.com.

More complete listings of bicycle events are available in the following publications:

These publications and others are available at many bike shops and at the runners' restroom just south of the Visitor Information Center on East Mission Bay Drive near the Clairemont Drive exit from Interstate 5.

Each of the following outfits conducts several organized rides per year in and near San Diego County. Check their websites for more information.

San Diego County has bicycle events all year round. In most cases, more information is available a few months before each event. The names may vary slightly from year to year.

Approximate Time of Year Name Location
January Shadowtour Stagecoach Century Ocotillo
April Alpine Challenge Alpine
April Sagebrush Safari Lake Morena
April Spring Bicycle Swap Meet San Diego Bicycle Velodrome
April Tour de Cure San Diego
May Cycle Eastlake Chula Vista
May Bike to Work Day San Diego County
May Barrio Logan Grand Prix Bicycle Race Barrio Logan
May Pedal to the Park San Diego
June Low Tide Ride and Stride Imperial Beach
June Race Across America Oceanside to east coast
July Scripps Ranch Old Pros Scripps Ranch
July Cycling for Sight San Diego
August Bike the Bay Downtown San Diego
October Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Benefit Mountain Bike Ride Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
October Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour Irvine to San Diego
October or November Autumn Bicycle Swap Meet San Diego Bicycle Velodrome
December HI-USA Christmas Ride San Diego County

Information About Upcoming Events

Date Name Lengths in miles Location For more information
October 21-22, 2017 Bike MS: Bay to Bay 2017 25, 100, 125, 150 Irvine, Carlsbad, San Diego www.bikems.org
October 22, 2017 Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo 35, 60, 66, 105, 27 OR Escondido www.girodisandiego.com
October 29, 2017 Quick 'n' Dirty MTB Racing - Filthy 50+ 30 OR, 50 OR San Pasqual Staging Area in Escondido www.quickndirtymtb.com/filthy_50.html
November 4, 2017 Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast 7, 15, 25, 50, 100 Oceanside bikethecoast.eventmediainc.com
November 11, 2017 Ride The Point (Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride) 10, 25, 62 Liberty Station, San Diego ridethepoint.org
November 11-12, 2017 Padres Pedal the Cause 25, 50, 88 Downtown San Diego www.gopedal.org
December 9, 2017 Last Chance to Get Dirty MTB Racing - Filthy 50+   Lakeside www.quickndirtymtb.com/dirty_30.html
December 26-31, 2017 HI-USA Christmas Ride 400 San Diego sandiegohostels.org/get-involved/christmas-bicycle-trip

OR - Off-road

Some events outside San Diego County (in California unless noted otherwise):

Reviews of past rides

Do-It-Yourself Rides

Road bike rides:

Around San Diego Bay
A delightful 25-mile, two-and-a-half-hour ride with no significant hills. Most of it runs along bike lanes or separated bike paths. The scenery is rich and varied.
Around Mission Bay
An easy 14-mile ride around beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego, mostly along separated bike paths. Great views of the bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Buckman Springs and Boulevard Loop
A 37-mile scenic loop through the mountains east of San Diego.
Peñasquitos and Highway 56 Loop
A 20-mile scenic loop around Peñasquitos Canyon and along Highway 56 through McGonigle Canyon.
Mission Bay to Cabrillo Monument
A fairly easy 10-mile ride from Mission Bay to Cabrillo Monument in San Diego. The hills are gentle and the views are terrific.
San Diego County Century Ride
My first century ride. A 100-mile ride from Downtown San Diego to Escondido and Oceanside along inland routes and back to San Diego along the coast. Very few hills. Nearby bus and Coaster lines for support if necessary. Logistical support in business districts. The most do-able century in the county.
Julian Perimeter Ride
A scenic and challenging ride around the mountain community of Julian, California.

Off-road bike rides:

Lusardi Creek Loop
An 8-mile ride around the Santa Luz district of San Diego, mostly in the Santa Luz Open Space Preserve. Good views, interpretive signs and plaques for local fauna and other points of interest.
Around Poway
A 12-mile ride around Poway, mostly on unpaved riding and hiking trails. Good views.
Pamo Valley and Black Canyon
A 20-mile ride through Pamo Valley and Black Canyon north of Ramona. Magnificent views. About half of the ride runs along unpaved roads. You can also drive most of this route, but a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended for the roughest part.
Florida Canyon in Balboa Park
Florida Canyon contains approximately five miles of mountain bike and hiking trails, of varying difficulty. It is close to downtown San Diego.
Mission Trails Regional Park
A map of the trails in part of Mission Trails Regional Park, drawn to scale and superimposed over a topographic map. Updated from time to time as trails are surveyed. Bicycles are allowed on most trails.
Fullerton Loop
A popular mostly off-road 12-mile loop in Fullerton, California.

Descriptions and maps for other off-road bike rides in Southern California may be found at www.socalmtb.com.