+ Arthritis Challenge Experience presented by Amgen

Organizers of the 2022 California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour + Arthritis Challenge Experience presented by Amgen, announced that 70 spaces remain for its 8-day, 525-mile, in-person tour down the California Coast this September 10-17. The code ACTION22 will save riders 25% off registration.

Additionally, starting this year, supporters who cannot attend the in-person bike tour have a new option: they can register for the Arthritis Challenge Experience (ACE), which allows them to choose their own adventure and participate from home while still connecting with the vibrant CCC community. While the in-person ride is expected to sell out at 250 participants, ACE provides expanded opportunities for riders who miss the cut on registration or who cannot travel to California.

“One of the lessons we learned from the pandemic is that there are a lot of cyclists and other athletes out there who want to support the Arthritis Foundation, even if they cannot attend CCC in person,” said Shannon Marang Cox, Ride Director and Associate Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation. “ACE gives supporters a great new opportunity to join us and contribute to our mission while still being a part of the larger CCC community that brings great experience, knowledge, and motivation to all participants.”

Now in its 22nd year, the California Coast Classic is a boutique, bucket-list bicycle tour that showcases the scenery of one of the world’s most fabled coastlines and travels the iconic California Highway 1, as depicted in this short video. The self-paced pedaling adventure is open to cyclists of all levels and welcoming to e-bike riders. It is Gran Fondo Guide’s “Best Charity Bike Tour” and has been named one of “The 30 Best Road Biking Trips”.

Throughout CCC’s long history, presenting sponsor Amgen, one of the world’s preeminent biotechnology companies, has consistently demonstrated its dedication to helping improve the lives of people with arthritis by providing financial support for the ride, as well as recruiting a large team of employee participants each year.

“We are beyond grateful for Amgen’s support,” said Marang Cox. “Amgen provides the foundation that makes the CCC possible and allows this event to continue to be the Arthritis Foundation’s top fundraiser each year. Every rider, volunteer and staff member are grateful for their support, and we look forward to hosting the Amgen cycling team each year on tour.”

One in every four Americans is living with arthritis — that’s more than breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and autism combined. It’s the number one cause of disability and a growing health crisis affecting more than 60 million adults and 300,000 children. The Arthritis Foundation is leading the fight to conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections.

Registration for the California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour + Arthritis Challenge Experience will remain open beyond the end of May. Use the code ACTION22 for 25% off registration. More information about the tour, including its detailed itinerary, is available at the California Coast Classic website.

Event Schedule

Day 1 – Saturday, September 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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.

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