The Orange County New Year's Day Ride is an annual critical mass event that attracts hundreds of cyclists. Many riders start at the Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, just off Pacific Coast Highway. The ride follows PCH all the way to Dana Point, picking up new riders along the way while dropping some riders due to the fast pace. The ride starts off slow and friendly and increases speed near Huntington Beach.
The Marina is a good place to park and catch the ride since there is ample parking and it's where many of the people who are doing the ride start from.
After a regroup and refuel, the ride heads inland, following San Juan Creek bike path, before hitting some hills in Mission Viejo. After another regroup and refuel, Trabuco Road and Irvine Boulevard continue on to Tustin. San Diego Creek Channel bike path and Back Bay Drive eventually lead back to PCH, from where the route heads north to the starting point.