The San Diego Bike Coalition announced on June 16 the revamping of its 13th annual San Diego Bay bike ride, calling it Bike The Bay 2.0. Due to restrictions on large gatherings related to COVID-19, the traditional Bayshore Bikeway ride is shifting to a virtual ride for individuals and families. This year, the Bike Coalition is partnering with Love to Ride San Diego County to help cyclists who are apart pedal together.
The decision to make the annual bike ride a virtual one came after careful consideration and in the interest of the safety of all participants. The Bike Coalition is committed to sharing the love of riding with families and individuals throughout San Diego County, no matter the riding ability or location.
“While we can’t ride together like we have for the past twelve years, I believe this is the right decision as we all begin to slowly return to everyday life,” said Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “I’m thankful that year after year riders help us raise essential funds to support our programs and work. I’d like to encourage everyone to continue riding and enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather.”
Participants are encouraged to pedal 25 miles along their preferred route on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. Using Love to Ride’s online platform, riders will be able to log their rides for a chance to win prizes. Bike The Bay 2.0 is one of many bike challenges and virtual rides that include prize drawings.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bike Coalition to improve the safety, connectivity and quality of life for all who ride in San Diego County. The $35 ticket includes a Maska face/head covering, the $50 one includes a cycling cap, and the $100 includes a jersey – all Bike The Bay 2.0 branded.
Exclusive to all registrants is a pre-ride virtual expo on Saturday, August 22, featuring discounts on exclusive products from sponsors and vendors, a special guest speaker and prizes.