The Tour of the Unknown Coast was organized in 1978 with the following mission:

  • To organize an annual bicycling event in Northern California
  • To encourage bicycle riders of all levels of cycling ability to participate
  • To educate the general public regarding safe cycling practices and techniques
  • To generate funds which are donated to non-profit organizations in the Northern California area

TUC Board of Directors

  • Ride Director: Wally Coppini
  • Briar Bush
  • Rick Cluff
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Larry Kluck
  • Doug Lee
  • Sid Noyes
  • Sarah Schroer
  • Bob Schultze
  • Sean Tetrault
  • Melanie Williams


Before it became an actual event, the route used today for the Tour of the Unknown Coast was a favorite loop among Humboldt County’s serious cyclists. This 100-mile lap has unparalleled beauty and challenges. In 1977, a group of these hardcore riders got together for an informal race for bragging rights over who could be first to complete what they had dubbed the “Tour of the Unknown Coast.” The following year it grew from that haphazard beginning to become an actual event.

Over the years, the TUC has given over $170,000 to charities in the North Coast community. Proceeds of the event are donated to the local nonprofit organizations that help produce the event, such as Humboldt County Search & Rescue Team, Humboldt Amateur Radio Club, Humboldt County 4-H, Honeydew and Petrolia Volunteer Fire Departments and others.

After more than 40 years, the event is still going strong, with the next event coming up on June 8, 2019. The event will start and finish in front of the grandstand at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale.