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Northern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides


November

11/1 Solvang Prelude: Marriott Hotel, Buellton. 25,50 miles or Metric Century routes through the wine country of Santa Barbara County. The start site is located at 555 McMurray Road. Pre-reg. by 10/17. New start/finish location! Go to www.BikeSCOR.com or call (562) 690-9693 for more information or a ride flyer.

11/8 La Vuelta de EBI: Oakland. Ride with four-time U.S. National Champion, seven-time Tour de France rider, and former Olympian "Fast Freddie" Rodriguez in support of Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI). You'll ride with amateurs and professionals along some of the East Bay's most scenic roads to conquer one of two self-paced rides, beginning at 410 Alcatraz in Oakland, CA and extending far into the East Bay. Choose from either a solid Half Century (50 mi.) or a Metric Half Century (31 mi.). $100 for either course, including SAG, lunch and post-party meet-and-greet with Freddie. Childcare and kids’ event available for registered riders. For more info and reg., visit: www.ebivuelta.eventbrite.com.

11/9 22nd Annual Tour of the S.F. Hills: with the Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers! Marina Safeway parking lot. With the many hilltops in the city, and with the usual good luck with weather conditions, the riders are treated to frequent magnificent views. The pace is casual (all the better to keep the group together), and feasures a 32% grade on Filbert St., Potrero Hill, Coit Tower, Nob Hill, & Mt. Davidson. For more info, go to www.svmtb.org

11/8-9 Costa Centrale: Trilogy Resort at Monarch Dunes, SLO County. 50 mi. women-only ride; 25, 61, 100 mi. routes. Tour the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara wine countries, past the Pacific Ocean and open farm land on many roads used in the Tour of California. Breathtaking and challenging, all 4 routes are new to the event, there is something for every level rider. Fee includes inaugural t-shirt, hot Italian lunch, chipped timing, SAG, bike mechanic, fully supported courses, well-stocked aid stations, map, virtual race bag, free bike valet, VIP Party for fundraisers, Festivale Italiano with Italian food, wines, beers and music!). For more info, contact Heather Hellman, Get Off The Couch Potato Sports Productions, LLC; (805) 544-2905 or www.GiroDCC.com

11/30 Sac Valley World AIDS Day Bike Ride: International House, Davis. 2 routes: A, 65 mi., B, 30 mi. Mostly flat, scenic country roads of the Sacramento Valley. Course A will have some rolling hills and minor climbing. The start site is located at 10 College Park. Helmets req’d, no earbuds allowed! Fee includes Sac Valley World AIDS day ride t-shirt, swag bag, pre-ride snacks/coffee/tea/juice, Route maps, Frequent and well-stocked aid stations, SAG support, abundant servings of food and activities at the finish. This event is a fundraiser for Breaking Barriers Community Services Center and Sahaya International (USA). For more info, contact Sandre Nelson, wadride@bbcsc.org or www.wadridesac.org

December

12/21 Critical Christmas: Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 6 p.m. Family fun ride. The goal of Critical Christmas is to decorate you and your bike with as much holiday decorations as you can duct tape in place and sing and ride along the bike path in Monterey. This is a family event. One can never have too many LED battery powered lights. Santa hats are recommended. The ride meanders around with no set course, but we will do hot laps around the fountain. Expect to ride along the bike path, up and down the wharf, and downtown Monterey. For more info, go to https://www.facebook.com/CriticalChristmasBicycleRide or contact Jim at wrona@ultimanet.com, (831) 633-1819


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