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United States

Los Angeles - San Diego Randonnée

22nd - 29th April 2018

The best of the West: from palms to pines and back again in SoCal.

Just outside the LA sprawl is a wilderness of deserts and mountains and forests – perfect country, in other words, for bike riding. This Randonnée features celebrated sections of the Tour of California and routes pioneered in Rapha’s own Continental rides and Gentlemen’s Races, taking riders out through the Hollywood Hills and into the unknown interior. There are rugged, remote climbs and secluded villages and lakes. The famous Palomar Mountain Road and infamous Mount Baldy both make an appearance, as do rustic hotels and California’s exceptional culinary offerings.

Single occupancy — € 5.400 per person

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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 - Double occupancy on request only

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.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

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

Malibu

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.

Accommodation

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.

Distance

158 KM

Climbing

3,900 M

Accommodation

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.

Distance

105 KM

Climbing

2,450 M

Accommodation

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.

Distance

145 KM

Climbing

4,150 M

Accommodation

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.

Distance

193 KM

Climbing

4,550 m

Accommodation

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.

Distance

174 KM

Climbing

3,232 M

Accommodation

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.

Distance

164 KM

Climbing

3,100 M

Accommodation

Orchard Hill Country Inn

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Customer Testimonials

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

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

FAQ

Am I strong enough for the trip?

All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.

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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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)