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8 of the Best San Diego Bike Events to Attend Each Year

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Annual San Diego Bike Events, Rides, and Races
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Every year, San Diego hosts a multitude of biking events, races, meet-ups, and community rides that allow you to connect with fellow cycling enthusiasts through hilly terrain, coastal cruises, and speedy raceways. Whether you’re a casual two-wheeler or love a good sweat-inducing trek, here are eight annual bike events to plan for in the coming months. 

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Bikes and Beers annual San Diego biking event starting line
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Bikes and Beers San Diego 

After a satisfying bike ride, there’s nothing like a cold one. Bikes and Beers is the perfect event for craft beer-loving pedalers around town. Join fellow biking and beer enthusiasts at Alesmith’s tasting room in Miramar before embarking on a 15-, 35-, or 45-mile bike loop through San Diego. The event provides riders with fuel stations, GPS turn-by-turn instructions, ride marshals, and rest stops. It all wraps up at Alesmith’s brewery for brews, live music, and a charity raffle. 

Month: November

Registration Fees: Starting at $50

Where to Register: Bike Sign Up

Cyclist on the road along the Pacific Ocean giving the peace symbol
Courtesy of Bike the Coast

Bike the Coast 

This seaside ride with the Bike the Coast event goes along Highway 101 from Oceanside down to Del Mar and back. This annual trek benefits the National MS Society and offers various route options, ranging from 25 to 100 miles, as well as seven- or 15-mile routes for families, casual riders, and groups. After crossing the finish line, enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and a beer garden.

Month: November

Registration Fees: Starting at $85 

Where to Register: Bike The Coast SD

Tritonman Triathlon in San Diego featuring competitors huddled in wetsuits with bikes behind them
Courtesy of UC Irvine Triathlon


Tritonman Triathlon

Test your limits with the Tritonman Triathlon held annually in the winter and one of the only open-water swim race opportunities in the WCCTC circuit ahead of the conference championships. Hosted by UCSD, this course includes a 750-meter swimming leg, a 21-kilometer bike course on Fiesta Island, and a 5-kilometer run through the Tecolote Shores park. The race boasts the flattest, fastest closed bike course around, so you’re likely to get a nice PR. 

Month: February 

Registration Fees: Starting at $65

Where to Register: Tritonman

Starting line at the GranFondo annual San Diego bike event and race in Little Italy
Courtesy of GranFondo Cycling Tours Inc.


GranFondo San Diego  

One of San Diego’s most anticipated bike races, the GranFondo, offers a Tour de France cycling experience. Racers can choose from three routes covering 34, 60, or 100 miles of winding roads through sections of South Bay and East County. The full 100-mile GranFondo route takes expert cyclists east into the hills of Alpine before returning to the downtown waterfront finish line. Prepare your camel backs, limber up those legs, and get ready for a local test of endurance and glory.

Month: April

Registration Fees: $140

Where to Register: SD GranFondo

Padres Pedal the Cause 

Launched in 2021, Pedal the Cause is a multi-event cycling fundraiser hosted by the San Diego Padres and Curebound, an organization supporting local cancer research. Participants can choose from a 25-, 55-, or 75-mile bike ride through San Diego, a 5K run/walk event through downtown, or a children’s bike ride. Since its inception, the charitable event has raised more than $20 million for cancer research. If a stationary bike is more your speed, the event offers a 50-minute rooftop spin class atop Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply building or the ability to participate virtually from the comfort of your Peloton or exercise bike.

Month: March

Registration Fees: Starting at $40

Where to Register: Curebound

Courtesy of Archipelago Ride

Archipelago Bike Ride

The Archipelago Bike Ride (or Arch Ride for short) offers mountain bikers a scenic yet challenging ride through the hilly terrain of San Marcos and Sorrento Valley. Choose between the half-arch ride, a 23-mile route starting at Black Mountain and covering 2,300 feet of elevation, or commit to the full arch ride, which kicks off at San Elijo Park in San Marcos and traces 48.1 miles with over 5,000 feet of elevation. Both routes provide a demanding trek for intermediate to advanced riders craving an off-road odyssey. If pedaling isn’t your thing, organizers of the event allow e-bikes on the half-arch route for bikers wanting to enjoy the scenery without the legwork.

Month: May

Registration Fees: Starting at $100 for San Diego Mountain Biking Association members

Where to Register: San Diego Mountain Biking Association


Bike the Bay  

The Coronado Bridge’s lack of bike lanes may be a disappointment for some, but each year San Diegans have two opportunities to ride the scenic bay bridge starting with the Bike the Bay event. Cyclists of all skill levels can participate in this 25-mile community bike ride starting at the Embarcadero Marina Park across from the Gaslamp. The route takes you across the Coronado Bridge and along San Diego Bay, passing through National City on the return ride. Don’t miss this event, as registration proceeds support the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit focused on improving biking access and conditions in the city.

Month: August

Registration Fees: $80

Where to Register: Bike The Bay

Cyclists rounding a corner in the Barrio Logan Grand Prix
Courtesy of the San Diego Bicycle Club

Barrio Logan Grand Prix 

Organized by the San Diego Bicycle Club, the Barrio Logan Grand Prix offers bikers of all skill levels a thrilling ride through the historic neighborhood. The 0.8-mile route provides a fast-paced course through tight figure-eight maneuvers for takeovers, making it unlike most cycling courses. The race begins and ends on Newton Avenue across from Perkins Elementary School and features local bike vendors, as well as plenty of delicious Barrio Logan food and drinks for post-race festivities. 

Month: June

Registration Fees: Starting at $40

Where to Register: BikeReg

By Cole Novak

With a background crafting digital strategies and storytelling for brands, Cole loves reporting on local figures, businesses and nonprofits. A lifelong San Diegan, Cole is passionate about photography, surfing, music, cooking, the local art scene, and the great outdoors.

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