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Randonnée Los Angeles to San Diego

23rd - 30th April 2017

Sublime views, combining mountains and coastal roads.

This randonnée pieces together celebrated sections of the Tour of California and routes from Rapha’s own Continental rides and Gentlemen’s Races. From LA it snakes north before looping back, taking in remote inland climbs and stunning coastal roads. The famous Palomar Mountain Road and infamous Mount Baldy both make an appearance, as do California’s exceptional culinary offerings.

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Who is it for?

Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard

How Hard is it?

Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Malibu
Day 1 Malibu — Pasadena 158 KM 3,900 M
Day 2 Pasadena — Claremont 105 KM 2,450 M
Day 3 Claremont — Lake Arrowhead 145 KM 4,150 M
Day 4 Lake Arrowhead — Idyllwild 193 KM 4,550 m
Day 5 Idyllwild — Julian 174 KM 3,232 M
Day 6 Julian — Mt. Palomar 164 KM 3,100 M

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Arrival Day


Fly into LAX airport where you will be met by a Rapha Travel team member.Our Art Deco boutique hotel is in the heart of the Santa Monica, perfectly located along the boardwalk in this upscale popular beachside community visited by tourists and celebrities alike. It’s the ideal place to relax and meet your guides and fellow riders while we take care of your bikes.


The Georgian Hotel

Day 1

Malibu — Pasadena

We start along the famed Pacific Coast Highway and climb into the Santa Monica Mountains, through the San Fernando Valley to the Hollywood Hills and finish by climbing through the Angeles National Forest.


158 KM


3,900 M


Westin Pasadena

Day 2

Pasadena — Claremont

After an easy start riding east towards Glendora, we attack the 26-mile-long Mount Baldy, scene of epic battles in the Tour of California. Then it’s a fast descent into Claremont, where a great Belgian ale house and our wonderful hotel await.


105 KM


2,450 M


Casa 425

Day 3

Claremont — Lake Arrowhead

Departing early, we climb to escape the heat of the day, passing from the San Gabriel to the San Bernardino mountains, and the edge of the Mojave Desert.


145 KM


4,150 M


Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

Day 4

Lake Arrowhead — Idyllwild

Today we cross the highest pass in Southern California, Onyx Summit (8,443ft/2,573m), before tumbling down into the San Gorgonio Pass. The Panoramic Highway is as good as its name, and it takes us to our overnight stop in Idyllwild.


193 KM


4,550 m


Blue Bird Inn

Day 5

Idyllwild — Julian

We leave the San Jacinto Mountains and head towards the warm desert along the Pines-to-Palms Scenic Byway. Mt. Palomar, our challenge for the afternoon, has 21 switchbacks and is often compared to the great Alpe d’Huez.


174 KM


3,232 M


Orchard Hill Country Inn

Day 6

Julian — Mt. Palomar

We’ll be completing our trip with the mammoth climb of Mount Palomar. While there are a few days that could be the queen stage of this ride, Mt Palomar is impressive, going straight up for nearly 4,185 ft with grades averaging 7% and by our count, 18 switchbacks. At the peak, stunning vistas expand as far as one can see from the observatory. We’ll take the longer way down to enjoy a long descent over the ridge line, with more gorgeous views of the valley down below on the way. After spending one more night together at the Orchard Hill Country Inn celebrating the completion of our journey, we’ll return to either San Diego or Los Angeles the following day.


164 KM


3,100 M


Orchard Hill Country Inn

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This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

Customer Testimonials

So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.

— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016

The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!

— Randonnee Dolomites, July 2016


What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group - on Randonnées there are high guide-to-guest ratios. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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