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Green Fondo NorCal Weekend

The 2024 event was sold out, and we can’t wait for 2025!

Suggested Alternative:

Check out the 1-day Wine Country Edition!

Join Green Fondo, the weekend cycling celebration. This event takes place near the San Francisco Bay Area where cyclists can overnight, enjoy food and drink, live music, and meet new friends. Pedal for the planet and be a part of creating a positive impact for the future.

With three route options each day, there’s a sweet ride for seasoned to novice cyclists. Thanks to Annual Fund donors, the costs of Green Fondo are fully covered so that we can give 100% of donations to grants.

Indoor bunk rooms and private rooms available
Total Spots
a) Pay In Full – OR
all proceeds support Climate Ride
b) Fundraise
Register for $100, Raise $250
select up to 3 beneficiaries of your choice
Event Length
Saturday and Sunday
Camp opens Friday night
Daily Mileages
Three options each day
You choose!
  • Access for all cycling levels
  • Three routes for all abilities and full ride support
  • Incredible speakers
  • Community cycling environment to create a positive atmosphere – this isn’t a race
  • Bike repair workshops with incredible mechanics
  • Community Leader Awards providing scholarship spots with priority given to BIPOC, LGBTQI+, and women
  • Over 100 awards given
  • Financially accessible fundraising amounts
  • Tailwinds fund to increase our positive planet impact
  • 100% of funds raised go out as grants thanks to our annual fund donors and funder trip participants
  • Over $2 million granted from Green Fondos
  • Eco friendly swag
GRANTS! $742,364 and 35,749 Miles Pedaled. Green Fondo 2023 – See It Here

It’s Green Fondo time! Green Fondo is our sustainably focused take on the Gran Fondo-style rides. We’re gathering to celebrate the planet while bringing people together to enjoy great cycling. We’ll have a cycling village near the San Francisco Bay Area where you can overnight, enjoy food and drink, entertainment, and meet with new friends and thought leaders. Proceeds benefit organizations dedicated to climate, clean energy, and bike advocacy.

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Thanks to everyone who donates to the Climate Ride Annual Fund, 100% of every dollar raised at Green Fondo goes to grants. Yahoo!

You can choose from our full list of beneficiaries and proceeds will be distributed to the Climate Ride grants program based on your beneficiary selection. You will have access to our superb personal fundraising software and the full support of our team. Participants may select their beneficiaries from our list of more than 100 extraordinary non-profit organizations.

Or if you want to select the Pay in Full option then no fundraising is required.

For this 2-day event, there will be cycling mileages for all types of riders – you can choose from Grande, Media, & Piccolo options each day. We will have several mileage options on both days of the event. (More details on the routes will be available in your ride guide.) This event style has something for everyone and provides an atmosphere where family, friends, and colleagues can all enjoy a cycling event together. Green Fondo is not timed because we want you to enjoy the bike ride the way you want to ride! There are lovely stops along the way where you can enjoy beautiful surroundings and new friends. From e-bikes to race bikes, all are welcome.

To the top fundraiser on Green Fondo 2025, we will reward their efforts with a fully-fundraised spot on a 2026 event! The winner of this prize will be determined on December 1, 2025, and the list of eligible 2026 events will be announced in the Fall of 2025.

Earn a Climate Ride Green Fondo T-shirt! Comfy for your post-ride hangs. Design may vary.

Earn a 2025 Green Fondo Jersey! New design coming soon! Guaranteed to give you a boost out on the route.

Earn a Climate Ride insulated cup! Perfect for your coffee, electrolyte drinks, and adult beverages while chillin’ at Green Fondo. Prize calculated by the fundraising deadline.

What’s included! A lot! Accommodations and meals.

What’s included:

  • Camping which includes shower facilities.
  • Full route support including bike mechanics, water & snack stops, and cheerful leaders!
  • Good food: Saturday: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner, and snacks at aid stations along the routes. Sunday: breakfast and lunch and snacks at aid stations along the route.
  • Really awesome people to spend the weekend with!

Not included:

  • Cabins: We have indoor accommodations available. If you wish to book a cabin or bunkhouse room there is an extra charge.
  • Hotels: If you prefer a hotel, you can book a hotel nearby.
  • Alcoholic beverages: We will have beer & wine donated by our supporters, but if you prefer special libations, bring them along!

Want to bring your camper van? Please reach out to make sure we have space to park.

Who Benefits: Fundraisers choose from our Beneficiary List

100% of all funds raised go to grants! Wow! Fundraisers on Green Fondo can choose from the more than 100 incredible beneficiary organizations in the Climate Ride network! One of the things that make Climate Ride such an effective charitable event is that you can select the organization(s) you wish to benefit through the Climate Ride grants program. Our beneficiaries were selected for their work on the environment, justice, conservation, sustainability, climate education, and active transportation advocacy. At the end of the year, Climate Ride grants the proceeds from our events to these hard-working organizations. Learn more about beneficiaries here.

This year every dollar raised by participants will go directly to their selected beneficiaries!

Funds raised from participants who signed up for the Pay in Full option will directly support Climate Ride and its programs, including our Environmental Justice Grants and Community Leader Award scholarships. Pay in Full participants will not have the option to choose other organizations from our Beneficiary List. If you want to be able to fundraise for an organization other than Climate Ride, you will need to register as a Fundraiser.

Participants on Green Fondo events will be able to fundraise until June 30, 2025. Funds raised on all Green Fondos will be sent out through our Grants program in July. This special disbursement of grants will allow Climate Ride Beneficiaries to access the funds raised from these events shortly after they are completed.

Scholarships: Community Leader Awards for diversity and inclusion

Climate Ride is committed to building an inclusive environmental movement, led by people with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Since 2016, we have given awards to active transportation and climate advocates. These awards are given to individuals as well as bike coalitions and eligible organizations so that their Climate Ride teams can better represent the diversity in their communities and widen the conversation on sustainability. Awards are also directly given by Climate Ride to eligible candidates. We prioritize these awards for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color, low-income, young women, and LGBTQ+.

On last year’s Green Fondos we gave out over 20 scholarships.

If you would like to apply to receive a Community Leader Award, you can do so here!

The ride start and end

The ride starts and ends at the camp we are staying at.

Where can I find the GPS routes?

Our chosen routes depend on a lot of factors, including what we’re able to obtain permits for, weather complications, difficulty, variety of terrain, and overall experience. Due to this variability, we are often still finalizing routes in the weeks leading up to a ride, and thus cannot share GPS routes for them. As soon as routes have been confirmed — usually a week or two before the ride — we will share that info with all participants via email.

Are the roads open to the public?

All of the routes are held through roads that are open to the public (there are no roads closures for Green Fondo). In order to minimize additional drivers on the roads, please do not invite your friends or family to drive the routes.

Getting your bike to/from the event & bike rental

If you wish to ship your bike to the event, we will recommend a local bike shop where you can ship your bike and have it re-built. And, the end of the ride, your bike can be packaged and shipped home. We recommend using Bike Flights for shipping.

We will soon recommend a local bike shop for bike rentals. Stay tuned!

Can I bring my friends/family/pets?

Due to limits on parking, camping, cabins, and bunkhouses, we can’t have companions or visitors to this Green Fondo. However, if you want to reach out to inquire after the ride is full, we can check if there is any additional space.

Anyone showing up at the event without registering or prior approval will be turned away.

Fundraising and transfer deadlines

All registrations fees and donations are non-refundable.

Fundraising Deadlines: TBD

Getting to the event

Looking for a carpool to the ride? Be sure to check out the event Facebook group after you register.

There are also great options to get there by train if you’re willing to do a little bike packing for the final stretch.

Cancellations and Transfer Policy

If you cannot attend the Green Fondo event, you may request to transfer your fundraising to a future event. Donations cannot be transferred to another participant in the year you are registered or future years. Participants may transfer to another event within the same calendar year, or to an event in the next calendar year. Climate Ride requires that participants who transfer fundraise to meet or surpass the new event’s fundraising minimum.

Participants who cancel their registration after the Transfer Deadline, 3 weeks prior to the event, are NOT eligible for a transfer. If you withdraw from the ride within three weeks of the event or don’t participate without notifying us, any fundraising you’ve received will go to support programs of Climate Ride.

More questions? Interested in volunteering? Media inquiry?

Email us at [email protected]!

Akemi Masaoka-Baxter
Green Fondo

I had an incredible experience at Green Fondo!

Green Fondo was my first Climate Ride. I enjoyed 2-day rides w/ spectacular views, routes (yes, wind was the beast :), meeting great Climate Riders & Climate Ride staff and raising awareness and doing something towards Climate Change & environmental issues.

Secondarily, I was very impressed by how the Climate Ride team worked to make Green Fondo successful and make the Climate Riders feel welcomed, comfortable and supportive. I felt everyone in your team was friendly and pleasant to make the weekend enjoyable for the riders seamlessly. I’d like to thank each of your team members to make Green Fondo successful and helped my 1st Climate Ride experience spectacular.

I’m looking forward to participating in another Climate Ride trip in the future.

Ian MacLeod, Green Fondo
Green Fondo

The NorCal Green Fondo is my third Climate Ride and I have loved participating in all 3! It is a great way to be actively engaged in climate action solutions, raise money for sustainable causes, and meet other climate and cycling advocates. Each event has been impeccably well organized and supported, and the staff is warm, friendly, and helpful. Above all, it is a joy to get out and ride on beautiful roads!

Erin Boyle, Green Fondo
Green Fondo

I had a fantastic time riding and dancing to a RAD band at the Green Fondo 2019! Hope there are more to come!