Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to find answers to our frequently asked Bike the Bay questions. Check back often as we add more FAQs to the list!

  • What is Bike the Bay?

    Bike the Bay started 12 years ago as a non-competitive community bike ride is for riders of all abilities and will take you on a scenic, and primarily flat 25 mile ride, around the San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway.

    Our 14th annual ride on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

  • What is the difference between individual and team riders?

    When riders register together under a team name – they are eligible for our team awards which include Most Philanthropic, Best Dressed, and Most Team Spirit. There is no cost difference to register for individuals or teams.

  • How much is registration?

    Early bird registration extended through June 15!

    $55 – until June 15th
    $60 – June 15 through August 1st
    $65 – after August 1st

  • Do I need to wear a helmet?


  • What happens if it rains on the day of the ride?

    Unfortunately, due to the significant amount of time needed to plan we will not be able to offer any refunds. We do encourage you to purchase the insurance option.

  • What happens at the post-ride virtual festival?

    Following the ride, participants can enjoy a bicycling festival with music, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden (21 and up).

  • How can I purchase Bike the Bay apparel?

    We know you’re itching to get your hands on Bike the Bay gear! Stay tuned.

  • What happens if I can't make the ride?

    Unfortunately, due to the significant time and cost of planning this amazing event we are not able to offer refunds!

  • How do I get my pre-purchased apparel?

    Your pre-purchased apparel will be mailed. Apparel is also able to purchased at the event on a first come first serve basis.

  • When can I pick up my packet?

    Bike the Bay Packet Pick-Up will be:

    Saturday, August 14 11am-2pm 
    REI San Diego 
    5556 Copley Drive

    Saturday, August 21
    Embarcadero Marina Park South 

    Sunday, August 22
    Embarcadero Marina Park South 
    5:30 am

  • What is the 8-mile off road loop?

    Our partners, the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, will once again host the option Off Road Option. In the registration process you can choose to add this extra adventure to your ride for $5. All proceeds from the Off Road Option benefit SDMBA’s trail projects.

    The 8 mile route is a journey through the Otay Valley Regional Park featuring a combination of wide dirt and gravel roads and a little bit a single track with an extra tour through the new Greg Cox bike park. Terrain is mostly flat with only a couple of short climbs and descents. Recommended for mountain bikes, gravel bikes, cross bikes or bikes with tires with some texture and width. But we have seen road bike and even bmx bikes make the trek!

  • I registered for the 2020 ride - can I ride in 2021?

    If you deferred your 2020 registration to 2021, you’ll be receiving an email to confirm your registration and waiver for this year’s ride.

  • Is Bike the Bay competitive?

    Bike the Bay ride is a fun and non-competitive, not timed, ride for cyclists of all abilities. We encourage the “go slow and say hello” model. The safety of all riders is our highest priority. Please observe the following rules/restrictions so everyone can enjoy a fun and safe ride.