California Coast Classic coming to Ventura.
The Arthritis Foundation’s largest fundraising ride, the 19th Annual California Coast Classic presented by Amgen, a 525-mile eight-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles will be rolling into Ventura on September 27.
One in every four Americans is living with arthritis — that’s more than breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and autism combined. It’s the number one cause of disability and a growing health crisis affecting more than 54 million adults and 300,000 children. The Arthritis Foundation is leading the fight to conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections.
250 bicyclists, both with and without arthritis, from California, other parts of the United States and internationally ranging in age from 18 to 70-plus. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $3,500 to participate in the CCC.
A 525-mile eight-day bicycle tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation. Funds raised help to bring life-changing tools and resources to those with arthritis, their family and friends; provides support to the 300,000 kids and teens with arthritis through the national Juvenile Arthritis Conference, JA Camps, and other educational activities; to accelerate the path to better treatments and a cure; and to break down barriers to optimal arthritis care.
The route follows California’s beautiful coastline from San Francisco to Los Angeles. During the 8-day ride, participants will overnight in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Cambria, Oceano, Buellton, Ventura, and finish in Los Angeles. At each overnight stop, the majority of the riders camp out, some will stay at a hotel, and at the campground a hearty meal is served and riders share memories from the day, participate in a raffle for donated prizes, and honor a different person each night who is living with and surviving arthritis.
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure (arthritis.org).
The California Coast Classic Bike Tour is the winner of the 2019 Best Charity Bike Tour Award by Gran Fondo Guide. It began in 2001 and is the flagship fundraising bike tour of the Arthritis Foundation, raising over $1 million dollars annually. The money provides educational resources for adults and children, supports advocacy, funds kids’ camps, and much more. Beginner and experienced cyclists are welcome and encouraged to join the journey down the coast of California.
The Tour will arrive in Ventura on Friday afternoon around 2-3 p.m., September 27, Day 7 of the 8-day tour. The riders will be staying at the San Buenaventura State Beach.
Here’s the schedule for that Friday night
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm CCC Social Hour
6:00 pm Daily Announcements
6:30 pm Dinner
Here’s the schedule for that Saturday morning before they start to trickle out on their way to Los Angeles.
6:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast