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 Borrego Century (formerly Borrego to the Sea) Borrego Springs
January Shadowtour Stagecoach Century Ocotillo
March Tour of Borrego Borrego Springs
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 Marcos
August Midnight Madness Downtown San Diego
August Bike the Bay Downtown San Diego
October Tour of Poway Poway
October Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Benefit Mountain Bike Ride Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
October Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour Irvine to San Diego
November Tour de Julian Julian
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
March 14, 2015 Tour of Borrego 27, 40, 67, 80 Borrego Springs www.julianactive.com
March 28, 2015 Dirty Devil Ultra Century 84, 125 Alpines www.ccsd.com/events/dirty-devil
April 12, 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego 34, 56, 105 San Diego www.sdgranfondo
April 18, 2015 San Diego Tour de Cure 1, 29, 62, 100 San Diego tour.diabetes.org
April 25, 2015 Alpine Challenge 25, 50, 62, 100 Flinn Springs alpinechallenge.com
May 2, 2015 SoCal RAAM Challenge 200, 400 Oceanside www.raamchallenge.com
May 15, 2015 Bike to Work Day various San Diego www.icommutesd.com/events/bike-month
May 17, 2015 Pedal to the Park various Petco Park www.pedaltothepark.com
May 30, 2015 San Diego Century 37, 66, 103 Encinitas www.sdcentury.com
begins June 16-20, 2015 Race Across America 3000 Oceanside www.raceacrossamerica.org
June 21, 2015 Low Tide Ride and Stride 8 OR Coronado lowtiderideandstride.org
July 4, 2015 Scripps Ranch Old Pros 12, 28, 50 Scripps Ranch www.srop.org
January 16, 2016 Shadowtour Stagecoach Century 26, 50, 73, 84, 90, 100, 150 Ocotillo www.shadowtour.com/Century_Rides/Stagecoach.htm

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, one rather difficult stream crossing.
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.