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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
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
April 9, 2016 San Diego Tour de Cure 1, 29, 62, 100 Del Mar tour.diabetes.org
April 10, 2016 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego 20, 34, 56, 105 San Diego www.sdgranfondo
April 17, 2016 Pedal to EarthFair various Balboa Park www.pedaltothepark.com
April 30, 2016 Alpine Challenge 25, 50, 62, 100 Flinn Springs alpinechallenge.com
May 7, 2016 SoCal RAAM Challenge 200, 400 Oceanside www.raamchallenge.com
May 7, 2016 Barrio Logan Grand Prix   Downtown San Diego sdbc.org/barrio-logan
May 7, 2016 Spin the Strand with Team NPF 10, 20, 59 Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado www.teamnpf.org/sdcycle
May 15-22, 2016 Amgen Tour of California 724 San Diego amgentourofcalifornia.com
May 20, 2016 Bike to Work Day various San Diego www.icommutesd.com/events/bike-month
May 21, 2016 San Diego Century Ride 37, 67, 105 Encinitas sandiegocentury.eventmediainc.com
May 21, 2016 Cycle EastLake 18 OR, 25, 62 Chula Vista www.active.com/chula-vista-ca/cycling/races/cycle-eastlake-and-run-2016
May 22, 2016 Pedal to the Park various Petco Park www.pedaltothepark.com
June 12, 2016 Salsa Ride at the Border 30, 60 San Ysidro www.usfcc.org/2016-salsa-ride-at-the-border
begins June 14-18, 2016 Race Across America 3000 Oceanside www.raceacrossamerica.org
June 26, 2016 Low Tide Ride and Stride 8 OR Coronado lowtiderideandstride.org
July 4, 2016 Scripps Ranch Old Pros 12, 28, 50 Scripps Ranch www.srop.org
September 11, 2016 Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo 105 Solana Beach www.girodisandiego.com
September 23-25, 2016 Pedal to the Air Show various MCAS Miramar www.pedaltothepark.com
November 5, 2016 Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast 7, 15, 25, 50, 100 Oceanside bikethecoast.eventmediainc.com
November 12, 2016 Ride The Point (Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride) 10, 25, 62 Liberty Station, San Diego ridethepoint.org

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.

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