While the MCBC Experience is part of every ride, clinic or workshop we put on, MCBC Signature Events bring cycling enthusiasts together on an even larger scale! Whether you are helping a newer rider on Bike to Work Day, exploring trails on a Dirt Fondo ride, rolling over roads with an international cycling star at The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin, or coming together with other enthusiasts at our annual celebration of the bike at Biketoberfest Marin, our Signature Events capture the flavor and character of what makes riding here so special.
Over 10,000 people attended these MCBC Signature Events in 2015, along with 750 volunteers who donated over 2,500 hours of service to keep things running smoothly. It’s all part of MCBC’s mission to promote cycling safety, recreation, education and the healthy lifestyle that comes from being on a bicycle whenever possible. So, open your calendar and plan to take part in these MCBC 2016 Signature Events!
Bay Area Bike to Work Day!
“Let’s Ride!” – Thursday, May 11, 2017
This year’s challenge is simple – pledge to get someone new out on a bike on this day! Find a co-worker, neighbor or friend who likes to ride their bike and help them get to work and back (or do their errands if they work from home). It’s a great opportunity to show up and be counted as part of this car-free cycling celebration!
Keep an eye out for stories on MCBC members who have figured out some of the tricks. The Bike to Work Day (BTWD) program is made possible through the generous support of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 511.org and Kaiser Permanente.
MCBC Dirt Fondo Rides – Two Rides for 2017!
Solstice Dirt Fondo – Saturday, July 15, 2017
Mt Tam Dirt Fondo – Saturday, August 26, 2017
These two ridespopular rides – the Solstice Fondo with magnificent high-summer weather in July and the traditional Mt Tam Dirt Fondo on in August – show and share the diverse terrain and epic nature of our local riding, as we work to create more opportunities for the future. It’s a day of challenging routes, world-class views, great rest stop support and the legendary post-ride BBQ and party.
There will be more details coming, and we’ll let you know as soon as registration is open. Don’t delay – tickets always go quickly!
The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Three classic road route options and one of most inspiring and best-loved figures in professional cycling make this a special event for any road riding enthusiast. After all, when one of professional cycling’s stars puts on a Gran Fondo event, it’s only natural to pick Marin.
Jens Voigt leads the “Shut Up Legs” 100 mile ride, with over 8,000 feet of climbing, and will be on course and present at events surrounding the ride. With the first class support and catering, it’s a ride not to be missed. Two other route options are also available. Registration is now open and training rides are already underway – because they don’t use the phrase “Shut Up Legs!” for nothing!
Register today to reserve your spot at TheJensieGranFondo.com
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The long-running, MCBC late-fall celebration of bikes, music, food and family fun – plus a stellar brewfest! This fun-filled event brings everyone together – including commuters, roadies, mountain bikers, BMXers, fixie devotees, cargo-carriers, e-bikers, touring aficionados and even the bike-curious! Every year’s Biketoberfest seems to get a little bigger and the tickets go even faster – so put this festive event on your calendar now! (don’t worry, we’ll let you know when early-bird tickets are available.)
Biketoberfest Highlights include more than 70 exhibitors and a handmade bike show – Over 35 varieties of beer from 20 West Coast brewers – Live Music – Cargo bike racing, plus pre-event road and mountain bike rides with Bay Area frame builders and cycling luminaries – Delicious food from local vendors!