Event Information




The Arthritis Foundation's California Coast Classic Bike Tour is a scenic bike ride that takes place over 8 days and covers 525 miles along the coast on Highway 1. The Tour starts in the heart of San Francisco and ends in the iconic Pacific Palisades of Los Angeles. The "CCC", as it is affectionately known, is a full-service ride which provides the framework for one of the most incredible experiences of a lifetime. We welcome beginners to experienced cyclists to enjoy the coastline's famous wineries, lighthouses and beaches.

The California Coast Classic benefits the Arthritis Foundation by raising vital funds needed to find a cure for arthritis. Money raised provides educational resources for adults and children, scholarships for our National Juvenile Arthritis Conference, kids' camps and much more.

Ready to Ride? Register today for the 2018 California Coast Classic or if you have any questions, please contact our CCC Bike Tour staff!


Fundraising Minimums

Veteran (returning) Riders: $3,300
New Riders: $3,500

Event Location

Start Line: Hard Rock Café San Francisco
Address: 39 Pier #256 San Francisco, CA 94133

Finish Line:  Palisades Charter High School
Address: 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Event Schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, September 22 San Francisco to  Santa Cruz      
READY...SET...PEDAL! Cyclists begin in San Francisco, into the tiny town of Davenport (stop for a sandwich or pie!) and catch a tailwind into Santa Cruz, completing a total of 85 miles and 5800 feet of elevation.

Day 2 - Sunday, September 23: Santa Cruz to Carmel
This leg of the tour measures 75 miles/2600 feet and takes you through Monterey, Cannery Row and the breathtaking views of 17 Mile Drive before arriving at our amazing new base camp in Carmel for a swim.
Day 3 - Monday, September 24: Carmel to Big Sur
A short recovery ride at 33 miles/2300 feet will bring you across Bixby Bridge and into the spectacular landscape of Big Sur. Enjoy breathtaking views and extra time to stick your feet in the river at the River Inn just two miles before camp!
Day 4 - Tuesday, September 25: Big Sur to Cambria
As you wind your way through the scented forests of Big Sur, you will continue into the bike friendly community of Cambria after passing the world-renowned Hearst Castle. Make sure to stop and taste the olallieberry pie. At this point, you've cycled a total of 73 miles and nearly 6100 feet over the Twin Sisters!
Day 5 - Wednesday, September 26: Cambria to  Oceano Absolutely beautiful. If the pedaling doesn't take your breath away, the scenery will! At 53 miles/1700 feet, this stage takes us along world famous shoreline through Cayucos, Morro Bay and into Pismo Beach. 
Day 6 - Thursday, September 27: Oceano to Buellton
As you make your way through the wine country made famous by the movie Sideways, you will enjoy quiet roads and beautiful vineyards. After 69 miles and 3600 feet of incredible riding, enjoy local tastings during social hour and a fantastic dinner to celebrate your journey to date.
Day 7 - Friday, September 28: Buellton to Ventura
This spectacular day winds through Solvang, into Santa Barbara through Hope Ranch, then along the coast on the bike path and finishing at the beach in Ventura after 86 miles and 3400 feet.
Day 8, Saturday, September 29: Ventura to LA
Congratulations! After the final 56 miles and 1800 feet of rolling hills along the gorgeous coast into Malibu, you cross the finish line as a group in Los Angeles to fanfare and an emotional welcome. A victory party will help you celebrate this unique trip and reflect on your outstanding achievement.


For help or more information about the Arthritis Bike Classic, contact:
Shannon Marang Cox at smarangcox@arthritis.org | 909-489-2217
Erin Matthews at ematthews@arthritis.org | 408-569-2237.

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