“Cycle Volta” Rolls Out First Group Ebike Ride

Inaugural A2 eRide brings together motorcycle and bicycle industries.

Great Park Path
The Great Park Balloon rises behind our group as we ride.Jeff Allen

For a few years now, Orange County bike shops Specialized Costa Mesa and Rock N Road Cyclery have hosted group road and mountain bike rides around the two Monster Energy Supercross Series events at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, known as the A1 and A2 races. At Cycle Volta and parent Bonnier Motorcycle Group, we wanted to do our own version for electric bikes, with traditional non-electrics welcome as well.

Our group rolls out from Bonnier Motorcycle and Cycle Volta headquarters in Irvine, California.
Our group rolls out from Bonnier Motorcycle and Cycle Volta headquarters in Irvine, California.Jeff Allen

So on Friday, January 17, we took some time away from our keyboards and usual product testing to host the inaugural Cycle Volta A2 eRide with our readers and friends from the motorcycle and bicycle industries. On pretty short notice, we had a group of about 20 riders head out from the Bonnier Motorcycle Group offices in Irvine, California, to ride a 23.5-mile route that included several of the city’s world-class bike paths and trails.

Bridges over major thoroughfares in Irvine kept us out of motor traffic.
Bridges over major thoroughfares in Irvine kept us out of motor traffic.Jeff Allen
Part of the group exits a tunnel along the Jeffrey Open Space Trail.
Part of the group exits a tunnel along the Jeffrey Open Space Trail.Jeff Allen

The wealth of bike-friendly tunnels and bridges along these routes (all open to Class 1 and 2 ebikes) provided nonstop riding opportunities completely separated from motor traffic. We can’t say enough about how lucky we are to have such truly amazing bicycle infrastructure right in our backyard.

Irvine neighbors at Sena Outdoor brought out their smart communication helmets, which helped our ride leaders stay in touch throughout the ride.
Our Irvine neighbors at Sena Outdoor brought out their smart communication helmets, which helped our ride leaders stay in touch throughout the ride.Jeff Allen

We started the morning with breakfast pastries and cold-brew coffee provided by Modern Times Brewing. Sena Outdoor set up a booth in our parking lot to educate riders on the company’s smart communication helmets with built-in audio, and our ride leaders kept in contact throughout the ride using the communication system.

Aventon Bikes shows off its new Sinch folding electric fat bike, which a few of our group rode on the A2 eRide.
Aventon Bikes shows off its new Sinch folding electric fat bike, which a few of our group rode on the A2 eRide.Jeff Allen

Aventon Bikes was also on hand to set riders up on its new Sinch and Level ebikes along with the Southern California brand’s Pace 350 model. Our friends at Super73 and Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles also provided bikes for our riders. Huge thanks to all of these great ebike brands we’re so fortunate to have local to us!

Hicks Canyon Bikeway
We got diverted onto the crushed gravel along the Hicks Canyon Bikeway while tree trimmers worked on the paved path.Jeff Allen
Analog bikes were welcome on the A2 eRide
Analog bikes were welcome on the A2 eRide—our ride leaders even rode their traditional road and gravel bikes after we ran out of ebikes for the group.Jeff Allen

Thanks also go out to Suja for providing mid-ride organic juices and energy shots for our thirsty group, and to Sierra Nevada Brewing and Modern Times Brewing for post-ride craft beer.

We broke up the ride with a bathroom and refreshment break at Hicks Canyon Community Park in Irvine.
We broke up the ride with a bathroom and refreshment break at Hicks Canyon Community Park in Irvine.Jeff Allen
Suja provided organic juices and energy shots for our crew.
Suja provided organic juices and energy shots for our crew.Jeff Allen

We also want to thank our readers and friends from brands and organizations including Aventon, Sena, Kenda Tires, Pedego, and the Motorcycle Industry Council for joining us on the ride. We hope you had as much fun as all of us did here at Cycle Volta and Bonnier Motorcycle Group.

Bridge view
Did we mention how much we enjoyed cruising over all the bridges?Jeff Allen

Please keep an eye on CycleVolta.com and our Facebook and Instagram pages for information on our next group ride. We’d love for you to join us—and to experience the incredible cycling infrastructure we have here.

Ride on!