SF Bay Area - South Bay Cycling Guide

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The phenomenon of “cycling is the new golf” is never more apparent than in the South Bay. The community here – one obsessed with technological advancement – lends itself to a community fascinated with the industrial marvel of the bicycle. The roads are teeming with cyclists, from those conquering ambitious bike commutes to aspirational enthusiasts chasing their best times. With Skyline Avenue running across the entire ridge and leading into the Santa Cruz Mountains, there are limitless ways to link together challenging climbs with scenic views to the Pacific Ocean.

SF Bay Area - South Bay Running Guide

Top Cycling Routes in SF Bay Area - South Bay

  1. Gazos Creek

    • Distance 16.8 mi
    • Elevation 857 ft

    Beginning in Pescadero, Gazos Creek Loop is a great choice for adventurous cyclists. This loop packs a whole lot of scenery and climbing into a relatively short ride. Gazos Cree...

  2. Mt. Hamilton

    • Distance 107.0 mi
    • Elevation 9,649 ft

    At 4,200 feet high, Mt. Hamilton is the tallest and longest peak in the Bay Area. The current KOM on this 18-mile long climb is 1:08:21 so plan on filling up the biddons and pac...

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  4. Santa Cruz Coastal Loop

    • Distance 112.2 mi
    • Elevation 9,205 ft

    Ask anyone from the Peninsula or South Bay and they’ll tell you there is no shortage of epic climbing opportunities in the expansive green mountains that line the coast. This lo...

  5. Saratoga XC

    • Distance 26.6 mi
    • Elevation 3,923 ft

    Starting in downtown Saratoga, this route, which mixes pavement and dirt, is best tackled on a cross bike. Climbing from the Steven's Canyon Trail to the Indian Creek Trail is q...

  6. Kennedy + Hicks

    • Distance 26.5 mi
    • Elevation 2,519 ft

    Starting at Mike's Bikes in Los Gatos, this ride is easily accessible from downtown and proves to be quite a challenge. Bring your climbing legs along for this ride, which tackl...

  7. Highway 9 and Stevens Canyon

    • Distance 36.9 mi
    • Elevation 4,003 ft

    Starting in downtown Saratoga, this loop takes cyclists up the challenging Highway 9 climb. Best ridden early in the morning before traffic picks up, this lengthy and steep asce...

  8. Bonny Doon Loop

    • Distance 31.9 mi
    • Elevation 3,094 ft

    A double espresso from Verve Coffee Roasters and a flat stretch along Highway 1 will hopefully ready your legs for Bonny Doon. A pristine road surrounded by green trees, Bonny D...

  9. South Bay Epic Loop

    • Distance 88.9 mi
    • Elevation 9,636 ft

    If someone were to describe this route in one word, the word would be epic. With almost 10,000 feet of climbing, this loop is not for the faint of heart. Riders will tackle some...

  10. Fort Ord Loop MTB

    • Distance 19.0 mi
    • Elevation 2,368 ft

    With a seemingly unlimited selection of trails, Ford Ord is a great place to spend a hour or all day on the trails. Follow this loop or combine trails to create your own. The op...

  11. Aptos Fire Road

    • Distance 26.5 mi
    • Elevation 3,709 ft

    A perfect course to tackle on either a cross or mountain bikes, the Aptos Fire Road is a dirt climber's dream come true. One of the best fire roads you can find in the area, go ...