2016 Event Schedule
The 3rd Annual San Diego Bikes and Beers takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016. Arrive at the registration area at Quartyard (1102 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101) starting at 8:30 AM. Meshuggah Shack will be on site with full coffee service and we'll have music going. There will also be a variety of local businesses like bike shops to check out.
The ride starts at 10 AM so please arrive by 9 AM for registration and mingling. We'll release groups of riders every few minutes to avoid major backing up at the start. We'll have large signs at turns throughout the ride to help guide you, as well as people in the crowd for repairs and guidance. There will also be two pit stops on the route for rest, snacks, water, etc.
Once you have completed the course you will be able to come back to the Quartyard's fully staffed bar with 20+ taps, including beers from Stone Brewing, Modern Times, Mission Brewery, Hess Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Mother Earth Brew Co. and many more (take a look at the Quartyard Craft Beer Garden photos to get a feel). There will be bicycle themed vendors, music, and food. Join us for the ride, stay for the fun!
9 AM - Doors open, come out and enjoy the lovely morning during registration. Coffee and pastries available onsite and in the surrounding area at a variety of cafes and restaurants.
10 AM - Ride begins! First group will head out at 10 after remarks by organizers and City Councilmember Todd Gloria, followed by groups at 10:30 and 11. Please register for your preferred start time and plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of your start time.
12 - 1 PM (approx.) - Participants arrive back at Quartyard for festival with music from DJ Tooth. Two drink tickets are included with registration and are good for beer, soft drinks, wine, and more. Food will be available for purchase from Abu's Kitchen, Sausage and Meat, Bosnian Grill and Oh My! Taco.
4 PM - Quartyard festival ends. Quartyard will remain open for the evening and participants are welcome to stay and enjoy a beautiful evening in Downtown.
Here's a draft map of the event route. Please note it will likely change but the total event route will be between 15 and 23 miles long and we'll avoid hills and busy streets as much as possible. There will be at least a couple of major hills but we're confident you can do it!
Route Note: We are teaming with RideWithGPS to provide voice navigation via smartphone for this event! Download the app to your phone and you can easily follow the route with alerts and voice directions for every turn.
Route & Map
The event course is approximately 22 miles and is pictured above. (You can also click the image for the dynamic Google Maps version or download the map file above.) There will be two rest stops on the ride - at Old Sea World Drive along the San Diego River and Spanish Landing on San Diego Bay. These stops will provide an opportunity to get provided drinks and snacks, get your bike tuned up if you're having issues, and enjoy the beautiful views. There will also be opportunities for unsupported rest stops at Balboa Park, Presidio Park, Robb Field, and Sunset Cliffs.
There is one big hill on the route, up Hill Street over Point Loma, and one moderate hill at the start from Downtown to Balboa Park but the course is primarily flat and relaxing. We'll have a huge group of people riding together which will make the atmosphere of the ride comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. Both casual riders and those more experienced should enjoy the variety of sights along the ride.
The 2016 route takes participants through many of San Diego's most beautiful areas including Balboa Park, San Diego Bay, Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, Downtown, Hillcrest, and more.
At the conclusion of the ride participants will be greeted with two pints at Quartyard, a recently opened urban park in the heart of Downtown San Diego. There will be secure bicycle parking, a variety of San Diego craft beers to enjoy, music, food trucks, and much more. We'll have room for 1,500 people and hope you and your friends will be among them!