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OC Cycling Tours & SoCal Climbs

Guided Southern California One Day Cycling Tours

Cyncling Adventures

ARB Cyclery is passionate about cycling and sharing that with others.  And so it only made sense for us to offer tours to our enthusiast customers.  We created ARB Cycling Adventures to provide an array of options for full or half-day road cycling tours.  We are fortunate to be located in Orange County, the center of Southern California.  Our Mediterranean climate is conducive to year round riding offering spectacular scenery, from mountains to ocean. Click the "Book Now" button to book any of the biking tours listed below!  Or click on the individual tour for specific details. 

Who Rides with Us?
Our customers are what we like to call road cycling enthusiasts who happen to be visiting Southern California on business or pleasure for a few days.  They typically ride on a regular basis at home and are generally fit, although there are a range of fitness levels.  While most of our customers live outside Southern California, even local residents like our one-day excursions to destinations such as Mt. Palomar or GMR/Mt. Baldy because of the security and planning by our expert tour guides.  If your travels take you to Southern California and you don't know the roads, let us take the risk out of planning your ride!  We know the best roads and scenery for cyclists!  We'll make sure you have the proper nutrition and should any sort of mechanical incident occur, rest assured you will not be stranded alone! Our tours are available for a single person up to groups of six.  Click here for more information on minimum rider fitness levels, including the importance of all members in a group being similar.

Itineraries
If you are traveling to Southern California for business or pleasure, we have a variety of amazing road rides for you to choose from.  We are conveniently located near John Wayne Airport in the heart of the Irvine Business Complex with numerous hotels nearby.  If you are staying within 5 miles of the shop, we can pick you up, or you can simply meet us at the store to start your cycling experience.  If you have limited time, choose a ride that is 45 miles or less.  If you have a full day, then choose from all our ride itineraries. These guided biking tours are a great way to explore all the different scenic routes of So Cal!

Orange County Area Tours (for iconic Southern California Climbing Tours, click here)

CLICK RIDE FOR DESCRIPTION & PRICING PRE-RIDE
START TIME(S)
RIDE ROLLS MILES CLIMBING APPROX. RIDE FINISH*
OC Newport Beach / Irvine  7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON, 1PM 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON, 1PM, 2PM choice of 26 or 28 miles ~ 1,048 / ~1,380 ft 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM
OC Coastal 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON, 1PM ~ 40 ~ 1,500 ft 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM
Santa Ana Mountains 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON, 1PM ~ 45 ~ 2,270 ft NOON, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM
Santa Ana Mountains w/Silverado 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON ~ 57 ~ 3,340 ft 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM
Santa Ana Mtns PLUS 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, NOON ~ 55 ~ 3,200 ft 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM
Santa Ana Mtns
PLUS w/Silverado
7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM ~ 66 ~ 4,270 ft 1:45PM, 2:45PM, 3:45PM, 4:45PM
OC Coastal +
Santa Ana Mtns
7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM ~ 61 ~ 3,000 ft 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM

OC Coastal +
Santa Ana Mtns
w/Silverado
7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM ~ 72 ~ 4,080 ft 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM
OC to San Diego
(Solana Beach)
7AM 8AM ~ 67 ~2,500 ft 5PM1
OC Century 7AM 8AM ~ 100 ~ 6,250 ft 4:30PM

*Finish times are a conservative approximation based on a pace of 12 mph which includes food, rest & photo stops.  It is possible that the rides could finish earlier.  Add 1 Hr for post-ride meal, if desired.

1The finish for this ride is the estimated arrival time back at the shop assuming a return via the 3:20pm Amtrak train from Solana Beach.  Includes time for post-ride lunch.

Iconic Southern California Climbs

CLICK RIDE FOR DESCRIPTION & PRICING PRE-RIDE
PREP
CAR
LEAVES
RIDE STARTS MILES CLIMBING APPROX. FINISH Incl. POST-RIDE LUNCH* BACK TO SHOP
Palomar Mountain 6:00am 6:30am 8:45am 40 - 55
5,000' +
2:00pm ~ 2:30pm 4:15pm
Glendora Mtn Road (GMR) / Mt. Baldy 6:00am 6:30am 8:00am 40 - 55 5,000' + 1:00pm ~ 1:30pm
2:30pm
*Finish times are an approximation depending on total length of route and other factors such as ave. speed, rest stops, etc.  It is possible that the rides could finish earlier or even a little later.

 

What do the Rides Include?
All of our tours include an experienced and friendly tour guide who can lead cyclists of various fitness levels.  Your tour guide will ride at a pace that is comfortable for you!   You will also be provided with a high quality, tuned, carbon fiber road bike set up to your general fit coordinates.  The bike will include a saddle bag with flat repair kit while our tour guide carries the same plus some additional tools should any more complicated mechanical issues arise.  Although very unlikely, in the event needed, our shop van will be on call for all Orange County rides should a rider need to be picked up.

Each itinerary will have its own specific route on the best roads for cyclists.  We make every effort to minimize auto traffic while maximizing scenery and safety.   Every rider will be provided with a selection of energy gels/bars as well as an active hydration mix such as OSMO or Skratch Labs.  Of course, if preferred, water alone is available.  Each ride will have at least one planned rest stop at a local convenience store.  Additional stops for rest or photographs are accommodated as long as time permits.  All local Orange County rides include a post-ride lunch/meal at the shop.  Make your menu choice prior to the ride start and your meal will be waiting for you upon return!  

If you are going on one of the iconic Southern California climbing rides, then you will be shuttled to the start location in one of our shop vehicles.  On all of the remote rides, including the OC to San Diego coastal ride, a post-ride lunch is included at a local eatery.  For an additional fee, the remote rides also come with the option of a follow van throughout the route.  Our store van, driven by one of our mechanics, will follow you or your group throughout the ride!  Talk about riding like a pro! Click the "Book Now" button to book any of the tours listed above!

Information on Fitness Levels 
Our tours are primarily aimed at those who already cycle regularly.  Therefore,  a certain base level of fitness is required.  At a minimum, riders should be able to average 14 miles per hour on a 25 mile + route with some moderate hill climbing.  Typically, grades do not exceed 6% for any significant durations.  The Orange County rides all feature a mix of steady climbs, rolling hills and flat sections.  

If you are putting together a group of 2 – 6 people, it is important that each rider share similar levels of fitness.   This will keep the group together and create a more enjoyable ride for all.  Some short regroups at the top of climbs are to be expected.  But if there is a wide range in fitness levels, big gaps will form and re-grouping will take much longer, making the ride less enjoyable for everyone involved.  Please be cognizant of this.

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Main St. & Red Hill Ave. Irvine, CA 92614
949-752-2080 (call or text)
(866) 742-2196 toll free (call only)
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Mon - Fri: 10:30-6
Sat: 8-5, Sun: 12-5
 
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