The Tour of the Unknown Coast was formed 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
Before it became an organized 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 donated more than $170,000 to other non-profit groups in the North Coast community 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 TUC is still going strong, with the next event coming up on June 8, 2019. The ride will start and finish in front of the grandstand at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale.
- Wally Coppini
Board of Directors
- Briar Bush
- Rick Cluff
- Jennifer Johnson
- Larry Kluck
- Doug Lee
- Sid Noyes
- Sarah Schroer
- Bob Schultze
- Sean Tetrault
- Melanie Williams