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Northern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides

August

8/2 Marin Century 2014: Mt. Tam Double Century. Vallecito Elementary School, San Rafael. 50 km., 100 km., 200 km., 100 mi.Mt. Tam Century; Marin Century, 100 mi.; 200 mi., double century. The courses travel the rural roads of West Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties. The terrain varies from gentle rolling hills along the coast to a few very challenging climbs. For more info, go to www.marincyclists.com

8/2 Ryde for Lyme 2014: At the Marin Century. Vallecito Elementary School, San Rafael. LymeLight Foundation has 100-150 slots to ride in the 2014 Marin Century and raise funds for LymeLight Foundation. Funds raised will provide grants to children and young adults with Lyme disease who need financial assistance to receive proper medical treatment. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and can reach chronic stage before being properly diagnosed. It is reaching epidemic portions in Northern California and across the nation. The Lymlight Foundation assists young children and adults diagnosed with Lyme and cannot afford proper treatment. Most insurance companies do not cover treatment for chronic lyme. $250 includes Marin Century registration fee and fundraising minimum. For more info, go to www.RydeForLyme.org or call (650) 348-5509 or (650) 823-6080.

8/3 Tour de Peninsula: Coyote Point, San Mateo. 20, 30, 56, 63 mi. routes, plus kids' ride in park at noon. The different ride options take riders on popular Peninsula bike routes that visit numerous San Mateo County Parks with breaks at rest stops and scenic sites along the way. SAG support. Reg: by 6/30: Adults, $45; ages 12-17, $20; under age 11, free. Until 7/30 – Adults, $50; ages 12-17; $25; under age 11 free. Day of the event, Adults $55; ages 12-17, $25, under age 11 free. Post ride expo includes a band, picnic sites, lunch for purchase, playground. For more info go to www.supportparks.org

8/9 Lunar Lunacy: West Capitol. The start site is located at 9th and Capitol. 2 family fun loops: 5 or 17 mi. loop rides along city streets and the bike trail. The start time is 8 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the youth programs for the Society for the Blnd and other Sacramento children's charities. For more info, go to www.lunarlunacyride.com or call (916) 42-8844.

8/11 Tour de Organics: Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. The routes wind through the stunning, west Sonoma County countryside, with all rest stops at local, organic farms. A post-ride meal is included for all participants. For more info, go to Tour De Organics or call (707) 823-1511.

8/16 Holstein 100 Challenge: Tomales. 17, 35, 65, 100 mi routes in rural West Marin and Sonoma Counties. A California premier challenge for 21 years now! This is a fundraising ride for West Marin Senior Services. Fee includes a healthy breakfast and gourmet lunch post ride along, SAG, route map and full service rest stops. Take a hot shower post ride! New T-shirt and Jersey designs available. Learn more at www.holsteinride.org or call (415) 663-8148

8/17 38th Annual Tour of Napa Valley: Yountville Veterans Home. 35, 40, 65,100 mi. century rides. A beautiful ride on the roads of Napa Valley passing up, over, down, through and around the towns of Napa Valley. The 100 mi. route goes up Mt. Veeder but the reverse direction (better pavement for the downhill) then along Lake Berryessa. A little more climbing with better pavement. The Tour of Napa is known for its down-home, casual, and home-brewed and home-baked atmosphere. In fact home-made cookies are at every rest stop. Pre-reg only through www.bikereg.com. 65 & 100 mi: $60 beginning 3/1. $75 after 5/1, $85 after 7/1. 35 mi: $45 beginning 3/1, $60 after 5/1, $70 after 7/1.  Fee includes and lunch, w/great veggie options available. Live music. Cookies galore. Limited to 2,000 riders. For more info, go to www.eaglecyclingclub.org

8/23 Central Coast Classique: Arroyo Grande. 30, 64, 100 mi. routes around the Central Coast! The short route takes riders along Pismo & Avila Beaches. The metric century takes in the coast then moves onto Lopez Lake and, finally, the wine country of Edna Valley. The 100 mi. century also rides the coast and Lopez Lake then onto Edna Valley and Huasna valley and back to Arroyo Grande. Fee includes SAG, fully stocked rest stops, swag bag, wine tasting punch card, post-ride barbecue. For more info, go to www.CentralCoastClassique.com

8/23 Tour de Menlo: Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton. 35, 45, 65 mi. routes around the San Franciso Peninsula. Elevation gain varies w/each route. Pre-reg.: $55; Day of $65. Fee includes lunch SAG, map, full service rest stops. T-shirts $10; jersey $75. Ride benefits Rotary scholarships and 10 area nonprofits, including Shelter Network, Second Harvest Food Bank. For more info, go to tourdemenlo.com

8/23 Ebbetts Pass Century: Bear Valley. 28 mi. Stanislaus Quarter Century, 48 mi. Bear Valley Half Century, 64 mi. Bear Valley Metric Century, 96 mi. Ebbetts Pass Century. Experience some of the best cycling in the Sierra Nevada with breath-taking vistas, challenging climbs exhilarating descents. All these routes are high altitude. Fee includes SAG, well-stocked rest stops strategically located, For more info, go to www.MtAdventure.com

September

9/6 Tour & Taste of the Valley: Orcutt Union Plaza. This event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley. Enjoy the Central Coast fall weather as you ride a family fun ride of 15 km. or longer 50 km. or 100 km. All registrations DO INCLUDE the TASTE food, beer and wine event valued at $25. You may buy additional TASTE tickets for your guests, friends and family. All proceeds go directly to the Boys and Girls Club. For more info, go to www.tourandtasteofthevalley.org or call (805) 922-7163

9/6 Tour of Trinidad: Trinidad Elementary School. 12 mi., 28 mi., 65 mi. routes in Redwood Country! Day of reg available. FEES: 100 km. $40; 45 km. $25; 20 km. $15. The 12 km. family tour is mostly flat, but does offer some hills. The 28 mi. route offers some of the most scenic sections of the 100 km. route; the metric has breathtakingly beautiful scenery along Trinidad's famous Scenic Drive, has a climb up Hwy 299 & a fun descent to Blue Lake and a cruise over the Mad River. The start site is located at 300 Trinity St. All rides include fully stocked rest stops and a great pasta meal after catered by Abruzzi, one of the best restaurants in town. For more info, go to www.TeamBigFoot.net or (707) 845-3095.

9/6 Siskiyou Century: Right on the CA/OR Border just off I5. Only 4 1/2 hrs from San Francisco, 4 hours from Sacramento & 1.5 hrs from Redding. A top notch bike tour with your choice of three fully supported scenic & rural routes. Our 103 mile ride is challenging event for the novice rider with approx. 4,600’ of total vertical gain. We also offer a 64 mile or 38 mile mostly flat ride. All have stunning views of magnificent Mt. Shasta towering at 14,179 ft.. Enjoy one of the best after ride meals of BBQ chicken, tri-tip & veggie burgers with lots of sides. Yreka is a great vacation destination so come and stay. Rv & tent camping available Friday night and showers Fri/Sat. For more information or to register, check out our website at www.siskiyoucentury.com. Or call (916) 601-7479

9/7 Tour de Tahoe: Bike Big Blue - Ride to Cure Diabetes! Horizon Casino Resort, Stateline South Shore, Lake Tahoe. Fully Supported 72 mi. Tour de Tahoe circumnavigates roadways clockwise around Lake Tahoe. The boat cruise + 35 mi. ride option is offered on board the Tahoe Queen Paddle Wheeler Boat with site seeing cruise across Lake Tahoe complete with continental breakfast included. Non Bike Boat Cruise option offered for family members and guests. Pre Reg. fees: $100, for 72 mi. options; $115 boat cruise + 35 mi. ride. For info, Curtis Fong, (800) 565-2704 or www.BiketheWest.com

9/7 MCBC Dirt Fondo Mt. Tam Challenge: Point Bonita YMCA. 45 mi. w/7,000 ft. elev. gain. Also, 32, 20 & 10 mi. loop options. This event proceeds benefit MCBC's Off-Road Program created to expand mountain bike trail opportunities. Fee inlcudes post-ride barbecue, a dirt fondo t-shirt, special guest riders. For more info, go to www.marinbike.org

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