Mountain Top Bliss
April 15, Los Gatos

This event merges mountain biker wannabes with die hard gravel grinders in a playful and dynamic setting. Come and Earn Your Beer on April 15th from 11 am to 4pm. Arrive at Historic Radonich Ranch and be ready to get out and ride. Entry fee of $22.00 includes: Festival entry, Shuttle Smith Adventures shuttle service, access to the first known mountain bike egg hunt AND exposure to really fun people. Enhance your experience with child care (with optional riding lessons) for $5/hour, demo bike rentals (loop ride takes about 45 minutes) for $18/hour, and/or a one hour “Butt in the Saddle” clinic with fun instructors for $15. Local wine, beer, and food will be available, plus enjoy live music, games and a raffle.

Proceeds will go toward the construction of The Lodge at Loma Prieta, a mountain biker’s resort getaway adjacent to Soquel Demonstration State Forest. The Lodge will provide miles of trails, great food, local wine, a bike shop, and a fabulous place to spend the night, with shuttle service and lift service.

Sea Otter Classic
April 20-23, Monterey

Debuting in 1991 as the Laguna Seca Challenge with a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators, the Sea Otter Classic is now regarded as the world’s premiere cycling festival hosting over 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans. The “celebration of cycling” attracts professional and amateur athletes alike who make the annual pilgrimage to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events.

Mountain bike races include cross country, downhill, dual slalom and short track. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Cyclocross and non-competitive events are also offered. The event hosts the largest consumer bike expo in North America, and features an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children.

Silicon Valley Bikes!
May 7, San Jose

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Join Silicon Valley cyclists for a day of celebrating all things bicycle at the Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival and Bicycle Show’s third annual event. Enjoy a day of family fun that includes BMX stunt rider shows, roller racing, bike polo demonstrations, music, exhibitors, bike repair clinics, local artists and artisans, and a spectacular bicycle show. Meet Santa Clara Valley’s cycling clubs and riding groups, and check out the Cargo Bike Village, Artists Colony, bike repair clinics, and more. The kids’ area features games, prizes, face painting, helmet giveaways and room nearby for parents to take a breather while they enjoy food truck fare and craft beer. Admission is $5.00, $5.00 per show bike, and children ages two and under are admitted free.

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic
May 13, Santa Cruz

Vintage Class Mountain Bike Racing at the inaugural Old Cabin Classic in 2016. Joey Stanwyck rolls through the finish, taking the win in Vintage Open class. Photo: David Smith

Vintage Class Mountain Bike Racing at the inaugural Old Cabin Classic in 2016. Joey Stanwyck rolls through the finish, taking the win in Vintage Open class. Photo: David Smith

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) presents the second annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic at Wilder Ranch State Park. This cross country race is a throwback to the early days of mountain bike racing and homage to its iconic venue. The event testifies to the partnership between California State Parks and the Santa Cruz mountain biking community who are working together to make their local trails the best they can be.

The race is being held as a benefit for mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. A significant portion of the proceeds is earmarked for trail development at Wilder Ranch – specifically for the the decommissioning of the West Engelsman fire road, replacing it with brand new singletrack.

Restorative Arts & Yoga Festival
May 19-21, Tahoe City

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The first annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival features two days of workshops and classes led by local Tahoe practitioners, yoga instructors, and professionals. Hosted by Granlibakken Tahoe, a family-owned resort and conference center in the heart of a 74 acre valley just a short walk from Lake Tahoe, this one-of-a-kind event is designed for those just starting their yoga practice and experienced yogis alike.

See what 6,300 feet can do for your soul. Rejuvenate and relax under the guidance of experienced Tahoe instructors. Join Ashley Aarti Cooper on an eco-meditation hike through the Tahoe pines, or enjoy a Yoga Nidra meditation with Lauri Glenn to re-center and align your intentions for your healthiest and happiest summer season yet.

Most meals are included with the weekend fee of $240, as well as all of the workshops and social hours.

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay
May 21, Santa Cruz & Capitola

Surfer's Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay

With its breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and over a dozen world famous surf spots along the coastline, the Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay is considered one of the most scenic courses in the world.

“The Surfer’s Path is a celebration of beach life. We offer a laid back atmosphere, where runners enjoy the ocean air, stunning views, and sand between their toes,” says Race Director Tom Bradley. Now in its sixth year, the Surfer’s Path has established its Santa Cruz surf theme reputation that showcases the beauty of Santa Cruz County. “The courses travels the Surfer’s Path, passing some of the world’s most famous surf breaks. The miles melt away as runners enjoy majestic ocean and beachfront views,” Bradley adds.

Runners start at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, continue past the scenic Santa Cruz Harbor, numerous beaches, Pleasure Point surf breaks, complete a loop through picturesque Capitola Village and return to Santa Cruz to a beach finish. Marathoners continue along spectacular West Cliff Drive to the bluffs of Wilder Ranch State Park and back. All runners receive event shirts featuring surfboard graphics and surfboard finisher medals. Surfs UP!

Lost & Found Gravel Grinder
June 3, Lake Davis

Lost & Found Gravel Grinder

This year’s Lost & Found offers three ride options (100, 60, and 30-mile) on new courses, all supported by aid stations. The race takes riders through remote areas of the Sierra Nevada not often seen by the public. Breathtaking views, wildflowers, wide-open alpine meadows, and mountain streams grace a journey of pavement, dirt road, gravel road, and historic railroad grade. Attendees can enjoy camping, lakeside trail hikes and rides, swimming, kayaking, SUPing, and fishing, plus shopping at the Lost Sierra Marketplace which features local artists and vendors. At the conclusion of the ride, there will be food, an awards ceremony, raffle, and cold Sierra Nevada beer.

Proceeds go toward Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s efforts to maintain and build trails. The Lost & Found is the first event of the Lost Sierra Triple Crown – which also includes the Downieville Classic and Grinduro – to crown a true King and Queen of The Lost Sierra.

Groveland Gears & Grooves Mini-Triathlon
June TBD, Groveland

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The Groveland Gears and Grooves Triathlon, presented by the Groveland Area Partnership, is scheduled to take place in and around the town of Groveland, near Yosemite National Park.

The course is a three sport event where you start where you want to start and end where you want to end. Think of it as a “Choose your own adventure” event! Stage One is a swim on Pine Mountain Lake. Participants start at the Lake Lodge, swim a mile, and end at the Marina. Stage Two is a cycling ride from the Marina, east on State Route 120, through the countryside, and up to the Rim of the World overlook. Riders will finish this stage at the Pine Mountain Lake Stables. Stage Three is a run from the Pine Mountain Stables, through the airport and outlying areas, ending at Mary Leveroni Park.

Whether you individually run, swim, or ride or you go for it all by doing it all, the cost for this event is $50.00 per person or $130.00 per team of three, and participants under the age of 18 are $25.00. Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.

The Jay Race
June 17, Capitola

The Jay Race

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One of the most iconic paddleboard races in the world, the Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race is held in honor of one of big wave surfing’s favorite sons – the late Jay Moriarity. Jay was known as much for his fearless big wave surfing as he was for his positive and always friendly attitude. To stay in shape for the winter big wave season, Jay became an avid paddleboarder and could regularly be seen logging countless miles on his paddleboard on the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay.

Participants gather annually to remember Jay and paddle their hearts out in his honor. All proceeds benefit the Jay Moriarity Foundation to raise funds for Junior Lifeguard programs to purchase equipment and provide scholarships in Jay’s name as well as other ocean related beneficiaries.

Now an Olympic qualifier, the 2017 event celebrates its 16th year on the majestic Monterey Bay and features a challenging 12-mile long course, a two mile short course, Waterman Challenge, and kids’ obstacle course race in a family-friendly atmosphere. Also check out the pre-registration party, and raffle that includes surfboards, paddleboards, wetsuits and more.

California Enduro Series

California Enduro Series

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  • Mammoth Bar Enduro – May 6
  • Toro Enduro – May 27
  • Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – June 17-18
  • China Peak Enduro – July 1
  • Crafts & Cranks Enduro – July 22-23
  • Northstar Enduro – August 26-27
  • Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro  – September 14-17
  • Ashland Mountain Challenge – October 7-8

The California Enduro Series (CES) is primed to present another great year of enduro racing.

CES is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting world-class Enduro events that everyone from amateur to pro can enjoy, at a geographically diverse range of venues. The series is renowned for fostering an exceptional sense of community, and encourages its participants to be involved in its planning.

The 2017 season sees the return of The Golden Tour (pro series triple crown within CES), plus debuts CES Live!, a new Live Race Tracking System featuring live race results, live Instagram feed, and live Twitter feed to follow all the CES race action as it unfolds.


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