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September 14th, 2024


SF Ferry Building

Strava Route (tcx) (gpx) (rwgps)

Sep 14, 2024, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

San Francisco, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

The 10th anniversary of a one-of-a-kind charity bike ride around the Bay includes two routes: a 40-mile ride from San Francisco to Oakland and a 135-mile ride around the entire Bay Area from San Francisco thru the North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and then back to San Francisco. 

For more information and most common questions see FAQs



Each year we work with local Bay Area artist creating a new vision for the year ahead. We are so grateful and impressed with Chris Rooney's work this year; it's stunning! 


What's the difference between the two routes?

The 40 mile route starts at the Ferry Building in San Francisco and ends at the Oakland Sprouts Market, 3035 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611 There are plenty of public transport options to bring you back to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  


The 135 mile route also starts at the Ferry Building in San Francisco and follows the same route to Oakland as the 40 mile ride, then continuing on through the East Bay, Peninsula, and then back to San Francisco. 

I've never gone this far! Are you sure I can do this?

Cyclists who take part in The Bay Ride experience what Outward Bound students discover along their journeys: There is more in them than they know, with 68% of our riders cycling farther than they ever have before. Whether you've never ridden 40 miles or have done a century but 135 miles seems a bit too far, YOU CAN DO THIS! We have created training plans for both routes and we encourage you to reach out to for any questions or concerns.


What If I want to go farther than 40 miles? Is the cost the same for the different routes?

YES! We purposefully have designed these routes to be identical for the first 40 miles so that should you want to keep going, there is no added cost or logistics to sign up for - just keeping riding! We encourage everyone to push themselves and make the next aid station.

What kind of support is offered? Are there aid stations? Are there cutoff times?

We are here to support you on your journey including a ride coordinator, two SAG cars, and four aid stations. 

There will be several aid stations along the route, offering bathrooms, water, and snacks. Please be mindful of cut off times. 

What are the start times? Can I start early?

Although the formal start time is 7am for both 40-mile and 135-mile routes, riders are welcome to start as early as they would like. 

Are ebikes allowed?

Yes, ebikes are welcome!


How do I get back to San Francisco from Oakland?

From the Oakland rest stop there are plenty of options back to the Ferry Building in San Francisco including BART, buses, and the Jack London Ferry. 

Are there public transport options along the route should I need it?

We have designed the route to always be within 10 minutes of public transport, including buses, ferries, BART and Caltrain. 

Where should I park in San Francisco?

We recommend parking at the Impark Bayside Lot #26: 


Which size of the jersey should I order?

For several years we have been proud to partner with Primal for our jerseys. Their sizing chart is a good place to start, and for more information check out the Men's Short Sleeve Prisma Jersey product page.



A one-of-a-kind charity bike ride around the Bay, including two routes: 40-miles from San Francisco to Oakland and 135-miles around the entire Bay Area from San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and back to San Francisco.


Our ride is made possible by the help of our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Opportunities include: driving a SAG (Support and Gear) car, checking in our riders, supporting along the route, and raising funds.


We rely on the help of sponsors to make this event happen and support our community. We have a range of different sponsorship plans to choose from.


Donations from our community is what allows us to put on this annual charity ride and helps us grow into the future. All donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated. 



The Story

A few friends and a crazy idea...

In 2014, a few friends came up with a crazy idea...what if we could bike around the entire Bay Area? How long would that take? How many miles would it be? Was it even possible? From that idea and the desire to change lives through challenge and the discovery of the beauty of the outdoors, a new event was born: The Bay Ride, a one-of-a-kind 135 mile ride celebrating the diverse landscape of the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Marin, the East Bay and the Peninsula, concluding at the iconic ferry building in the heart of the city.


Over the last ten years, The Bay Ride has grown in ridership and influence, forming the non-profit, with a passion for strong community and connection to the wonder of our Bay Area.

Ride Video


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