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The California Coast Classic is the Arthritis Foundation’s premier national destination event and flagship fundraiser that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. We aren't just helping the millions of people with arthritis to live better; we're charting the course to a cure.

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Event Schedule
  • Day 0 - Friday, September 20 from 1:00 6:00 p.m. - San Francisco packet pick-up at host hotel
  • Day 1 - Saturday, September 21: 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 5100 feet of elevation.
  • Day 2 - Sunday, September 22: Santa Cruz to Monterey
    This leg of the tour measures 51 miles/2000 feet and takes you through the dramatic landscape of the California countryside, into Cannery Row before resting for the night in picturesque Monterey. 
  • Day 3 - Monday, September 23: Monterey to Big Sur
    Say goodbye to Monterey and head south. A short 47 miles/2800 feet will bring you into a spectacular landscape of Big Sur forest and incredible vistas.  Stick your feet in the river at the River Inn just two miles before camp! 
  • Day 4 - Tuesday, September 24: 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 68 miles and nearly 6100 feet over the Twin Sisters! 
  • Day 5 - Wednesday, September 25: Cambria to Oceano 
    Absolutely beautiful! If the pedaling doesn't take your breath away, the scenery will! At 58 miles/1700 feet, this stage takes us along world famous shoreline through Cayucos, Morro Bay and into Pismo Beach.
  • Day 6 - Thursday, September 26: 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 66 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 27: 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 87 miles and 3400 feet.
  • Day 8 - Saturday, September 28: Ventura to LA 
    Congratulations! After the final 63 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.
Event Location
Start Line, Kickoff Breakfast + Opening Ceremony:

Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133

Finish Line Celebration + Closing Ceremony

Alumni Park at Pepperdine University 
Malibu, CA


Rider Package and Required Fundraising for the CCC Tour (in-person event)
  • Riders register and pay the current registration fee ($55-95) to set up a fundraising website and join the CCC  Bike Tour.
  • Participants must reach a minimum fundraising goal to participate in the CCC Bike tour.
    • $3,300 for returning participants
    • $3,500 for first-time riders
  • If you are unable to raise the minimum, you are committed to donate the difference. Your credit card will be charged in the event you do not reach the minimum fundraising amount by November 1, 2024. Unless you opt-out of the in-person tour by August 16, 2024.
  • If you're unable to join the in-person CCC Bike Tour, please opt-out by August 16, 2024 by emailing [email protected] and [email protected] as soon as you know. You are responsible for the required fundraising minimum if you opt-out after August 16, 2024.

If you are unable to join us in person, play the ACE up your sleeve! Click here to see how you can participate in the Arthritis Challenge Experience from your local roads, gym or anywhere.

As a reminder, registration fees, donations and required fundraising commitments are non-refundable and non-transferable as funds are put to work immediately in our community to help people with arthritis live their best lives.

Top fundraisers are recognized for their achievements.

CCC Tour Includes:

  • Official 2024 CCC apparel package
  • Camping Fees (Hotels available at rider’s expense)
  • Fully supported Rest Stops on the route 
  • Mechanical Support and SAG/Shuttles
  • Daily Luggage Transfers
  • Catered Breakfasts and Dinners
  • Nightly Entertainment and Social Hour
  • Kickoff Breakfast in San Francisco
  • Closing Ceremony Celebration in Los Angeles
  • An unforgettable experience

Not included in the CCC rider package

  • Hotel accommodations, Massage services, Laundry service and Porter service are available at a surcharge. (Self service laundry facilities are available at select locations.)
  • Transportation for riders, bikes and gear to and from the start/finish is not included in the rider package and must be arranged and paid by participants.
Offline Donations

Checks or Money Orders can be mailed to:
Arthritis Foundation, Inc.
Attn: 2024 CCC
C/o: {Participant Name or Team Name}
1355 Peachtree Street, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30309
Questions? Contact us at: [email protected] or call 1-800-283-7800.

Please include the Fundraising Donation Submission Form with all mailed in donations.

For help or more information about the Arthritis Bike California Coast Classic, contact Erin Starck at [email protected] or Shannon Marang Cox at [email protected] or call 213-634-3772.