Cycling in Ventura County Coast

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It’s here! The biggest professional cycling race in America, the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, is coming to Ventura (again!). This year’s race, the longest and most challenging course in the Tour’s 14-year history, promises thrills from start (Sacramento; May 12) to finish (Pasadena; May 18).

Once again, one of our small beach towns will welcome the world in a big way. On May 16th, the colorful peloton will sweep into — and out of — Ventura. The epicenter of everything will be the Ventura Fairgrounds, where spectators can see the women’s stage start (12:10 pm) and finish (roughly 2:50 pm), and the finish of the fifth stage of the men’s race (which begins in Pismo Beach) at an estimated 3:41 pm. Please check Visit Ventura’s  blog, for Ventura route specifics.

Where to Watch:

For those who prefer to see riders out on the road, after leaving the Ventura Fairgrounds at 12:10pm along Shoreline Drive, the women will (quickly) head into town via Figueroa Street, before making the steep climb up Palm Street and turning left on to Poli Street. From there, they’ll whisk along Cedar Street before intersecting Ventura Avenue and heading out of town.

Both the men and the women will come back into town via Ventura Avenue, before swinging up on to Cedar Street, and then (further up) into Grant Park behind Ventura City Hall, before descending, via Hemlock Street and San Jon Road, for a final sprint along Harbor Boulevard to the Ventura Fairgrounds.

Wanting to bike in between watching the Amgen athletes?

View below for some of Ventura County Coast’s best biking paths!

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Oxnard Bike Trail

The Oxnard Bike Trail doesn’t have an official name; however, it’s a bike path that starts at the ocean side of Oxnard Beach Park and takes you south to Hollywood Beach and Channel Islands Harbor.

Santa Rosa Valley/ Hill Canyon

There is something for everyone at Hill Canyon in Camarillo’s Santa Rosa Valley. The trail system consists mainly of single track riding as well as some fire roads. There is uphill riding to get your exercise on, or if you prefer to take it easier, stay on the flat trails.

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Calleguas Bike Path

The Calleguas Creek Bike Path takes you along the east side of Camarillo. It’s an easy bike path, great for all ages and serves as a connector between the city’s north and south sides.

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Port Hueneme Beach

Either bring your own or rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals in Port Hueneme and cruise along the beach. Check this out for tips and a map of existing bikeways within the city.

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Ventura Beach Bike Trail

Starting at the mouth of the Ventura River, the Ventura Beach Bike Trail takes you along the C-Street Promenade, past Surfer’s Point, Ventura Pier, and ends at the San Buenaventura State Beach.

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The Coastal Trail

The Coastal Trail begins at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura and takes you along the 101 and PCH with a beautiful coastal view. You will hit multiple parks along this bike path such as Seaside Wilderness Park, Farla County Park, and Rincon Beach Park. One of the more popular trails along this route is the Rincon Bike Trail.

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The Ojai Valley Bike Trail

The Ojai Valley Bike Trail runs parallel to Highway 33 and the Ventura river. It’s a well-maintained path that leads from Ventura to Ojai and is about 15 miles round trip, perfect for experienced cyclists.

Bicycle Safety Tips:

Always wear a helmet

Make sure the bike is the correct size and fit for you

Know and obey the rules of the road

Wear sun protection

Stay hydrated & pack snacks to help fuel your ride

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For more information on cycling, please visit Cycle California Coast

With so much biking to do, you’re going to want to stay a while. Click here for the complete list of hotels and other places to stay in Ventura County Coast!