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Northern California swap meet

March

4/26 Cupertino Bike Shop Swap Meet: Monte Vista High School, Cupertino. Ginormous bike swap meet! Sunday April 26 from 10-4. The largest bike swap meet in San Jose features 80+ vendors selling bikes, clothing, tools and accessories including vintage, road, mountain and BMX. Spaces start at $60 and up and usually sell out early. The school is located at 21840 McClellan Rd, Cupertino. Call (408) 255-2217 to pre-register for spaces or email: sprocket@cupertinobike.com


San Luis Obispo Bike Club Wildflower Century

Northern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides

March

3/7 Blossom Bike Ride: Reedley College. Rides: 20, 40, 60 mile distances thru the orchards and foothills of the Central Valley. Fee includes SAG, lunch, fully-stocked rest stops. The start site is located at 995 North Reed Ave. For more info go to www.blossombikeride.com

3/14 Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century: Solvang. 100, 63 or 50 mile ride options. through the wine country of Santa Barbara County. The start/finish site is located at Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Rd. Pre-reg. open until 2/26/15. BBQ lunch included in the entry fee. Go to www.BikeScor.com or call (562) 690-9693 for more information or a ride flyer.

3/21-22 The Life Ride: Santa Ynez. Tackle the legendary Mount Figueroa, cruise through the vineyards and sweep down to the Pacific Ocean on a quiet country road as part of the ThinkClimb! Challenge. On day two you'll explore the beautiful towns and canyons of the Santa Ynez Valley and discover many of its delights and gastronomic treats as part of the ThinkTaste! Rides. ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based nonprofit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancer. For more info, go to www.ThinkCure.org


April

4/4 Party Pardee: Howard Park, Ione. 26 and 62 mile bike tour travels the gentle rolling hills of Amador and Calaveras Counties. Rest stops will be stocked with a large variety of fruit, snacks and drinks. Friendly on-the-road support as always will be available and mechanical assistance at the rest stops. A hot meal and live music by Mumbo Gumbo will be provided at the finish. Pre-reg. only! Reg. capped at 1,200 riders, so register early. For info, go to http://partypardee.bikehikers.com/ or call Vivienne Nicol (916) 752-3890 or email at vivienne.nicol@gmail.com

4/11 38th Tierra Bella Bike Tour: Gavilan College, Gilroy. Eide through the scenic country roads of Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Ride the easier 35 mi. (56K) route; make your first metric century the hilly & rolling 62 mi. (100K); or ride our hilly and challenging 100 mi. (160K) or 124 mi. (200K) route. Hot catered lunch, 6 rest stops with fruit, snacks, baked goods and drinks, SAG support, and a commemorative patch. Families welcome. Pre-reg.: $55 per rider; families (1 or 2 adults & minor children) $110. $10 late fee 3/22-4/3. Reg. closes 3/21 or when the number of riders reach 2,000. No day-of reg. Visit www.TierraBella.org or call (408) 255-7957 to register.

4/18 Bike around the Buttes 2015: Sutter. 17.5, 40, & 100 mi. The 17.5 and 40 mi. routes go over Pass Rd. (the old stage coach route from Colusa to Sutter, then north thru the Buttes. These routes have a stretch of rolling hills, nothing too strenuous. The 100 mi. route adds a trek by the Sacramento River. For more info, www.BikeAroundtheButtes.com

4/18 39th Cinderella Classic & Challenge: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. For women only! Classic route: 65 mi. thru Amador, Livermore, Diablo & San Ramon Valleys. Mostly flat w/a few modest hills. Challenge includes an extra 23 mi., approx. 2,000 ft. of climbing. The route turns east to climb Patterson Pass and returns via Midway, Altamont Pass, and a great descent into South Flynn. This ride is limited to 2,000 riders! $48, in advance. Online reg. opens Wednesday, Feb. 2. For more info, go to www.ValleySpokesmen.org

4/18 Cycle 4 Sight/Rotary Ride for Veterans: Justin Siena HS, Napa. 15, 25 or 50 mi. routes through the rolling hills and vineyards of Napa Valley. This event supports the Pathway Home Program for veterans suffering from PTSD and Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Return to our famous Post Ride Wine, Food and Music Festival w/30 wineries, 10 restaurants, microbreweries and music from legendary Pride & Joy! Early reg $60., late reg. $70., Youth (under 21) $25. Festival only $30. Includes t-shirt (cyclists only), wine glass and winetasting www.Cycle4Sight.com (707)256-2147

4/18 Mr. Frog's Wild Ride: Feeney Park, Murphys. Wild Ride approx. 50 km, Wilder Ride approx. 100 km. Enjoy a springtime ride in the Sierra foothills with fantastic timing to view the wildflowers! Both rides have climbing, along with rolling green pastures including New Melones lake views on the Wilder Ride. Ride without the rigors of the rough roads of earlier rides (with the exception of a one mile stretch of perfectly rideable gravel on the Wilder Ride). Pre-reg.: Wild Ride: $50; Wilder Ride: $60. Fee includes Rest Stops, SAG, BBQ dinner, free massage, live music, and Time Trials. Helmets req'd. For more info go to: www.MrFrogsWildRide.org

4/25 Wildflower Century: Creston Elementary School, Creston. 50, 75, mi. routes. The century takes you through the green hills and secluded valleys of northeastern San Luis Obispo County. See California the way it was during the mission days. For your $75 reg. you get SAG, well-stocked rest stops, after ride meal. For more info, go to www.SLOBC.org/Wildflower

4/25 Friends and Family of M360: Horizon Community Church, Galt. 4 routes to choose from, 12, 25, 42, and 62 mi. Full SAG, rest stops, and a fantastic after ride meal. A great way to spend a spring day riding thru the vineyards and rolling hills east of Galt and Lodi. This is a fundraiser to send Buffalo Bikes to Africa through World Bicycle Relief. For more information and a registration form email Lynn at m360lynn@att.net.

4/25 Mt. Hamilton Challenge & Ascent Bicycle Tours: Santa Clara. Century Rides with options of either 70 miles or 125 miles, all on roads. Pre-registration fee is $20 by 4/9; $30 on ride day. Helmets req'd. Proceeds benefit the Livestrong Foundation. Fees include SAG, medical standby, and delivery of participant-supplied lunches to each of three stops. Contact: Don Worn of Pedalera Bicycle Club, (408) 354-2944; Email: donworn@hotmail.com.

4/26 43rd Annual Primavera Century: Mission San Jose HS, Fremont. 25, 85, 100 mi, 100k, 70k routes. Beautiful scenery including the Calaveras Reservoir, Palomares Canyon, Livermore Wine Country, and the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. There is also a 25 mile Fun Ride at to Coyote Hills. Reg.: 100 mi., 85 mi., 100k, 70k: $70. 25 mi. Fun Ride: $25 adult, $10 child. The start site is located at 41717 Palm Ave. Fee includes: Goodie bag, SAG, Well-stocked rest stops with mechanics, hot meal and masseuses at the end of the ride. This ride sells out; register early to guarantee your spot. For more info, go to http://ffbc.org/primavera

4/26 Chico Velo Wildflower Century: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico. Century with 8 route options ranging from 12 mi. to 125 mi. The Wildflower 100 climbs Humboldt, Honey Run, and Table Mountain and The Wildflower 65, which climbs only Honey Run, offer plenty of challenge. The two Wildcat options, will put any rider to the test. The Flatflowers (12, 30 or 60 mi.) and Childflower 12 boast absolutely no hills at all! Pre-reg.: depending on route: Early reg. - $15 - $65, by 1/31/15; reg.: between $15 & $75, by 4/22; on-site registration - between $15 & $85 by 4/25-26, if room available. Fee inlcudes Saturday expo complete with live music, food truck court and vendors. Loaded rest stops with baked goods, fruit and lunch items that cater to dietary constraints. Ride Rangers and SAG on all routes to assist you. All riders get a rider bag. All riders except the Flatflower 12 and Childflower 12 get the catered dinner. The Childflower riders get a kids rider bag and entry into the bike rodeo. For more info, go to www.ChicoVelo.org

Southern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides

March

3/7 St. Paddy's Palomar Punishment: 5 routes: 54 mi. 7,000 ft. Pain; 63 mi. 7,500 ft. Punishment; 77 mi. 8,000 ft. Punishment +; 9,000 ft. 95 mi. Supreme Punishment; 10 mi. family ride option. Conquer Mt. Palomar on your bike! End of ride party w/beer tent, Irish band, post-ride buffet, massage station, rider awards. This event is a fundraiser for the Escondido Humane Society. For more info, go to www.ccsd.com

3/14 Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century: Solvang. 100, 63 or 50 mile ride options. through the wine country of Santa Barbara County. The start/finish site is located at Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Rd. Pre-reg. open until 2/26/15. BBQ lunch included in the entry fee. Go to www.BikeSCOR.com or call (562) 690-9693 for more information or a ride flyer.

3/21-22 The Life Ride: Santa Ynez. Tackle the legendary Mount Figueroa, cruise through the vineyards and sweep down to the Pacific Ocean on a quiet country road as part of the ThinkClimb! Challenge. On day two you'll explore the beautiful towns and canyons of the Santa Ynez Valley and discover many of its delights and gastronomic treats as part of the ThinkTaste! Rides. ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based nonprofit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancer. For more info, go to www.thinkcure.org

3/28 Reaching for the Cure Ride: Irvine Valley College. 15, 35, 50 mi. routes. Sign up for the ride on Sat. and the walk/run on Sun. For more info, go to www.renegaderaceseries.com



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