10 Rides to Do Your Own Tour of California

10 Rides to Do Your Own Tour of California

Maybe you can't be part of the pro peloton during the Amgen Tour of California, but these 10 rides will get you pretty close. Whether you're getting a taste of the course or touring the countryside near a host city, these events will give you a taste of America's premier cycling event, past and present.

Ojai Valley Century

Ojai - June 2

A frequent stop of the Tour of California in its early years, Ojai is now the host of this event, which takes cyclists around the Los Padres National Forest and along the Pacific coastline down in Ventura. Read More

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Gran Fondo Los Angeles

Los Angeles - June 10

The "Big Ride" starts in Malibu and finishes in downtown Los Angeles—just like the final stage of the 2012 Tour of California. Course lengths are 72 and 39 miles. Read More

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Best of the Bay Century

Orinda - June 16

Featuring roads used during the inaugural Tour of California in 2006, this Bay Area ride features 10 climbs, including a category 1 ascent up Sierra Road. Routes ranging from 83 to 108 miles are offered. Read More

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Climb to Kaiser

Clovis - June 30

The 36th annual Climb to Kaiser is a century ride that climbs 8,000 feet to the Kaiser Pass. The start point of this race is near the finish of Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour of California. Read More

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Piru Time Trials

Piru - various dates

Time trials take place monthly in Piru, about an hour north of Los Angeles. All race categories are offered and 20K and 40K distances are regularly scheduled. Read More

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Tour de Big Bear 2012

Big Bear Lake - August 4

With rides of 100, 70, 50 and 25 miles, explore Big Bear Lake and ride on roads used during Stage 6 of the 2012 tour. The century ride has 7,400 feet of climbing. Read More

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Bike the Bay

San Diego - August 26

A 25-mile bike ride around San Diego Bay is highlighted by a trip across the famous San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge that is 200 feet high at its peak. Read More

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Riverside Citrus Classic

Riverside - October 7

See the famed citrus belt of the Inland Empire during this fun ride, with routes ranging from 7 to 100 miles. Read More

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Colonel Allensworth Ride

Allensworth - October 13

Head out from Allensworth State Park and cycle across the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley and among the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Read More

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Santa Barbara Century

Santa Barbara - October 22

With miles of coastline scenery, this is one of the most beautiful rides out there and a former Tour of California stop. But it comes with a price-all three routes (100, 62, 30 miles) have significant climbing to test your legs. Read More

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More: 8 Scenic Century Rides

Combine cycling's 100-mile challenge with America's vast beauty. Ride alongside beaches, mountains and famous landmarks at one of these events. Read More

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