California Dream Ride

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Dream Ride Experiences



You’re invited to join the California Dream Ride riders and staff for free rides which will be occurring monthly throughout 2020 in locations around the state.  All rides will include a no-host gathering for coffee, a snack or lunch post ride.



West Los Angeles


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Time:  8:30 meet-up, 9:00 a.m. rollout

40 miles, 1,000 feet of elevation gain (shorter options available)

What better way to welcome spring than with a scenic group bike ride?

The Marvin Braude Bike Path, running beachside from Santa Monica to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is perfect for just such an occasion, providing unparalleled vistas of the Santa Monica Bay, weekend beach life, and even Catalina Island. The ride itself is mostly flat, starting in Culver City on the Ballona Creek Bike Path, connecting with the Marvin Braude at Playa del Rey. After riding through Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach, we will turn around at Malaga Cove Market on the edge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. There’s only one modest climb up to Malaga Cove.

Details: We’ll meet at 8:30 and ride out at 9:00. The ride starts and ends in Syd Kronenthal Park in Culver City. The park offers plenty of parking and is accessible by Metro’s Expo Line train connecting Downtown LA to Santa Monica. Cognoscenti and Bar Nine coffee shops are nearby for anyone wanting a pre-ride jolt.  


Napa Valley


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Time:  8:30 meet-up, 9:00 a.m. rollout

Approximately 42 miles, 1,200 feet of elevation gain

The Napa Valley is the epicenter of California’s wine scene. This area also pairs well with bicycling because it has miles and miles of flat to rolling country roads, many of which have nice, wide bike lanes or adjacent bike paths. Napa Valley’s numerous wineries, bistros and historical sites offer countless rest stop opportunities, too. For this Experiences event, we will meet in Napa’s Oxbow neighborhood and then ride north along the Silverado Trail (bike lanes all the way) to St. Helena, where we will have a rest stop at Clif Family Winery (yes, the same people who supply the world with tasty Clif Bars). From there, we’ll return on the Silverado Trail as far as Yountville, and from there to Napa on the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a protected bike path along the Valley’s west side. Not much climbing.

Details: Meet at 8:30 and ride out at 9:00. The ride starts and ends at the 1100 West Street parking area (corner of West Street and Pearl Street, west of Soscol Avenue) in Napa’s Oxbow District. There is a Starbucks and a Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company right across the parking lot on the corner of Main and 1st streets.


Santa Barbara



Time:  8:30 meet-up, 9:00 a.m. rollout

44 miles, 2,500 feet of elevation gain (shorter options available)

The California Dream Ride has gone through Santa Barbara several times, spending the night there four of the past six years. All those tours were along the coast, seeing the California Rivera from sea level as we rode toward Ventura, Los Angeles and other points south. 

This Dream Ride Experiences will take you through a less bicycled, though equally dramatic, part of Santa Barbara. After passing Mission Santa Barbara, we will continue upcountry to Mountain Road. Note: the climb to Mountain Road is not that demanding. Contrary to its name, Mountain is fairly flat, meandering through groves of old oak trees, past dry creeks, with panoramas of the Channel Islands. We will also ride through Hope Ranch on the way back to Handlebar Coffee Roasters.

Details: We meet at 8:30 and ride out at 9:00. The ride starts and ends at Handlebar Coffee Roasters (De La Vina location), a coffee shop owned and operated by two former professional bike racers. There is street parking in the upper State Street neighborhood surrounding Handlebar.



Monterey Bay

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Time:  8:30 meet-up, 9:00 a.m. rollout

Approximately 46 miles, 2,900 feet of elevation gain (shorter options available)

While the Monterey Bay area doesn’t automatically come to mind as a “must do” bicycling destination, this agricultural area crisscrossed with farm roads, bisected by a marine wetlands area, and fringed on the west by miles of sand dunes sets the backdrop for an abundance of fabulous cycling. So, for the first time, the Dream Ride will experience Monterey Bay. We will ride though Fort Ord (once an army post, now a national monument), then on a substantial portion of famous 17-Mile Drive around the Monterey Peninsula, past Cannery Row (made famous by John Steinbeck’s book of the same name), and the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail, an 18-mile long bike path connecting the seaside communities of Monterey Bay.

Details: We meet at 8:30 and ride out at 9:00. The ride starts and ends at the REI Co-Op at 145 General Stilwell Drive, Marina, CA, at Imjin Parkway and 2nd Avenue, just east of Cabrillo Highway. A Starbucks Coffee is nearby.



Orange County

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Time:  8:00 a.m. meet-up, 8:30 roll-out -- note time change

Approximately 46 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation gain

Dream Ride Experiences Orange County is a quintessential town and country bicycle ride. The ride starts in town at Jax Bicycle Center in Irvine. From there, we ride toward the Orange County countryside using some of the more popular bike paths in the area, including the Peters Canyon Trail, the Mountains to the Sea Trail and Bikeway, the University Trail, and the San Diego Creek Trail. On the east end of our ride, we will merge onto the Aliso Creek Bikeway and follow it all the way north to its terminus, where our country ride along Santiago Canyon Road begins. This bit of highway (with bike lanes on its entire length) carves through red sandstone formations, passing Irvine Lake. From the top of Santiago Canyon, there are a few more in-town miles back to Jax.

Details: We meet at 8:00 and ride out at 8:30 (note the earlier start time -- we aim to avoid the higher temps likely in July). The ride starts and ends at Jax Bicycle Center in Irvine at 14210 Culver Drive (just off the 5 Freeway).



Mt. Tamalpais

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Time:  8:30 meet-up, 9:00 a.m. rollout

Approximately 38 miles, 4,300 feet of elevation gain

Mt. Tamalpais is the birthplace of mountain biking, no question, and that might lead to thinking of the area as all about dirt, fat tires, and full suspension bikes. That, however, would be only some of the bicycling experiences to be had in Marin County. The paved roads heading upward (and then downward) are outstanding, winding through stands of redwoods, past alpine lakes, and then into mountain meadows above the tree lines. If the weather’s good (e.g., no fog), we will be able to see the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. Budget some time to visit the Marin Museum of Bicycling when we get back.

Details: We meet at 8:30 and ride out at 9:00. The ride starts and ends at the Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Fairfax. Please park at Splitrock Tap & Wheel (bike shop, tap room and café) next door to the museum, 2020 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax.  The Fairfax Coffee Roastery is right across Sir Francis Drake Blvd.


All participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to departure.  

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated.

Have questions?

Contact Debbie Brubaker 916-802-5303 (cell) or email

Ride leader:  Jon Riddle – 310-739-4976 (cell), email





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