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Northern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides


July

7/5 Challenge the Bear: Tehachapi. Metric, half metric & family fun rides. These rides offer the opportunity to tour the communities of Bear Valley and Stallion Springs and incorporates breathtaking mountain and lake views. Participating riders will receive a complimentary lunch, a pair of Challenge the Bear cycling socks and have the opportunity to participate in the Bear Valley Springs Fourth of July Festival. For more info, contact Jay Carlyn, ride director, (661) 858-4106 or go to http://www.active.com/tehachapi-ca/cycling/races/challenge-the-bear-2014-6270423

7/12 Bike 4 Breath: Coyote Point Park, San Mateo. 10 mi., 30 mi., 62 mi. A shorter family-friendly route along the Bay shore, an intermediate route for those seeking a moderate distance, and a long course with plenty of climbing for the experienced cyclist. The ride finishes at Coyote Point Park with lunch provided at the food truck Festival! Reg.: $35-65, depending on the route chosen. For more info, go to Bike4Breath.org

7/12 Central Coast Century: Biddle Park. 25 km., 100 km. 100 mi. routes. All rides go thru gently rolling coastal foothills; the 100 mi. and 100 km routes include long stretches through the rural fields and vineyards of south San Luis Obispo County; the 100 mi. route adds a challenging and scenic climb over Prefumo Canyon Road. Expect challenging climbs on the century; more milder climbs on the 100 km. The short route offers a great family riding. Pre-reg.: 100 km., 100 mi.: $50, by 5/1; $55, after. Fun ride, $30, by 5/1; $35, after. For more info, go to www.centralcoastcentury.org

7/12 Death Ride: Turtle Rock Park, Markleeville, California. Five mountain passes to test your mettle: Monitor Pass: 8,314ft.; Ebbetts Pass 8,730 ft.; Carson Pass, 8,573 ft.! 129 mi. and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. You also have the option of riding one, two, three or four passes. The first four passes will be closed at specific times to vehicular traffic. For more info, go to DeathRide.com

7/12 AbbVie Marin Headlands Arthritis Bike Classic: Kentfield. 35 mi., 100 km., 100 mi. Fully supported scenic tour of all the San Francisco North Bay has to offer including great views, climbs, and food. Full day expo with kids area for cyclists, family, and friends. This is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. All registered cyclists receive training, fundraising, and logistics support. Use coupon code CycleCA for discount. For more info, visit MarinHeadlandsBikeClassic.org or (415) 356-5483

7/13 Tour of Loleta Redwood Century: Loleta. 8 mi. family ride, 30, 60, 72, & 107 mi. routes. Experience the beauty of California’s North Coast: the scenic views, historic towns and majestic redwoods. Free camping! Fee inlcudes well-stocked rest stops w/snacks, fruit, Cytomax & bottled water. Post ride, enjoy a deep pit barbecue! For more info go to TourofLoleta.com

7/19 Fall River Century: Fall River Mills. Chjoose from 200k, 100 mi., 100k, and 25 mi. rides with 2200-4000 ft. and little to no traffic. New routes with freshly paved roads. Reg fee includes pancake breakfast, post ride meal, well stocked rest stops, SAG. Limited to 500 pre-reg and 100 day of ride registrations. For more info visit FallRiverCentury.com

7/19 Windmill Century: Pioneer Park, Santa Maria. Century, metric, or 28 mi. distances. The start site is at 1000 Foster Rd. For more info, go to www.tailwindsofsantamariabc.org

7/19 Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour: Healdsburg HS. 23 mi., 37 mi., and 60 mi. routes around Sonoma's beautiful Wine Country. Moderately challenging ride through the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. Pre-reg.: $75 by 5/19, $85, by 7/11. Early team reg.: $65 per rider, by 5/19, $75. By 7/11. Call (707) 433-6935 for team promo code. For more info, go to Healdsburg.com/biketour

7/19 Tahoe Trail 100: Northstar at Tahoe. Solo 100K, Solo 50K, 2-person 100K relay, Tandem 100K. The race will start at the first roundabout off of Northstar Drive and Trimont Lane and will continue up Northstar Drive and into the Village before taking their fat tires to the trails! Straddling the borders of Nevada and California, the Sierra Nevada is a mountain biker's dream. The Tahoe Trail 100 offers athletes a 2-loop, 50 kilometer course filled with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Rocky summits and breathtaking pine forests are found in every direction. Fees: Solo 100K: $120; Solo 50K: $105; 2-person 100K Relay: $215; Tandem 100K: $190. Reg. closed 7/16. Fee includes event t-shirt, engraved bike rotor plaques will be awarded 3 deep in each division. Age groups are male/female in 10 year increments (20-29, 30-39, etc.). All riders will receive a participant T-shirt, and riders completing the race within the allotted finish time will receive a finisher medal. Use coupon code CCTAHOE for discount. For more info, go to TahoeTrailmtb.com

7/26 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge: Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley. The double metric century has 131.6 mi. and 17,898' of climbing or 136 feet per mi. (FPM). The century route is 102.7 mi. with 13,841' of climbing at 134 FPM. The 100K route is a 64.6 mi. ride, with 9,239' of climbing or 140 FPM. New this year is the 35 mi. Mini-Challenge with 3,821' of climbing or 110 FPM. 650 rider limit. Pre-reg. is from5-7 p.m., 7/25 at the Scotts Valley Hilton, 6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz. For more info, go to www.santacruzcycling.org

7/27 Graeagle Century: the Firehouse, Graeagle. 101 mi. w/6,615 elevation gain; 50 mi. w/2,353 ft. gain; at tougher 50 mi. w/4,795. The long route begins in the historic mill town of Graeagle, California, then heads over the Gold Lake Road and through the Lakes Basin Recreation Area to Yuba Pass, down through and around Sierra Valley, up another tough climb to Lake Davis, then down to the historic railroad town of Portola and back to Graeagle. The shorter(begins in Graeagle, travels up the Gold Lake Highway, over Yuba Pass, down to Calpine in Sierra Valley and back to Graeagle through beautiful Mohawk Valley). Also, a new 80 mi. route that follows the Century route but leaves off the last brutal climb to Lake Davis. For more info, www.communitymultisport.com

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