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Northern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides

April

4/4 Annual Citrus Blossom Century: and Metric Century Ride. Two Rivers Park, Fillmore. 100 mi. Century, 62 mi. metric, 10 mi. family ride. The routes wind through Ventura County’s lush agricultural plains. Positively impact the life of a child for the better, forever while enjoying a great ride. A fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. Pre-reg. Century & metric, $55. Family ride, $25, online or by mail before 4/1. After, add $10 to each reg. Fees include lunch, route slip and bib. For more info, email citrusblossom@bbsvc.org or call (805) 484-2282

4/5 Party Pardee: Howard Park, Ione. 26, 65 mi. routes along the gentle rolling hills of Amador & Calaveras Counties. Rest stops stocked with a large variety of fruit, snacks and drinks. On-the-road SAG 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. You must pre-register. There is no day-of reg. Fees: $45 for 26 mi. and $55 for 62 mi. To register and get full details go to http://partypardee.bikehikers.com/ or call Vivienne Nicol (916) 752-3890 or vivienne.nicol@gmail.com

4/6 2014 L'Etape du California: Thousand Oaks. Ride the official Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California. Looped course, approximately 80 mi. ride, will feature a challenging, hilly course over iconic climbs of the Santa Monica Mountains. 1,500 rider limit. $90, until 3/28; $110 3/ 29 – day-of. Fee includes: Custom designed finisher medal; t-shirt; SAG. For more info, go to http://letapeducalifornia.com/

4/12 Bike around the Buttes 2014: 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. The 100 mi. route adds a trek by the Sacramento River. The start site is located at Sutter Youth Building 7740 Butte House Rd. JERSEYS! www.bikearoundthebuttes.com

4/12 Specialized Gran Fondo Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Raceway. Choose from two Gran Fondo routes, a 96 mi. Carmel Valley Route, and a shorter 45 mi. Coastal Route featuring a new return to the finish through the Fort Ord National Monument. Both routes start Laguna Seca Raceway at the Sea Otter Classic Bridge and finish near the Athlete Registration building. All Gran Fondo participants get a celebratory lunch on Saturday at finish, four-day Sea Otter Classic Expo pass, finisher's medal, fully supported rest stop and refueling stations, bike-and-bag valet service and massage, SAG, post-ride shower trailers. For more info go to http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/gran_fondo_road.htm

4/12 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour: Southern Santa Clara County. Expect hills & flats, in 4 different lengths: 35 mi. w/1/687 ft. of elevation gain; 100 km. w/3,328 ft.; 100 mi. w/7,610 ft.; 200 km. w/9,573 ft. Pre-reg.: $55, by 3/10; $65, after. Family reg.: $110 by 3/10; $120 after. For more info or to register, go to www.tierrabella.org

4/12 Honor Ride San Jose - ATOC Gold Series: A beautiful ride is in store as we begin this ride at Lake Cunningham and ride part of the ATOC route out to Mt. Diablo. Don’t worry, for the more novice rider, we will adjust the routes to minimize the climbing!!! Expect 3 fantastic routes to choose from. Pre-reg.: Adults: $50, by 2/15, $60, after. $70, day of event. For more info or to register, go to wwww.Ride2Recovery.com

4/12-13 Michael Chiarello's Bottega Gran Fondo: Yountville. Ride to eat! 2 routes: 40 mi. w/2,129 ft. elevation gain & 75 mi., 4,955 ft. elev gain. Join celebrity chefs, pro racers, celebrity sommeliers and special guests. Saturday: Cooking demos, wine tastings, product demos, VIP dinner. Sunday: Italian-inspired breakfast, the ride, Live Fire luncheon, music from Live in the Vineyard. For more info, go to www.bottegagranfondo.com

4/19 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 and 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 longer route). Pre-reg.: Wild Ride: $45; Wilder Ride: $55 by 4/5; after, add $5 to each reg. Fee includes rest stops, SAG, BBQ dinner, free massage, live music. Helmets req'd. For more info go to: www.MrFrogsWildRide.org

4/26 Cycle 4 Sight:& Rotary Ride for Veterans. Justin Siena High School, Napa. 15, 25, 50 mi. routes past the rolling vineyards of the Napa Valley. More details to come. For more info, go to www.Cycle4Sight.com

4/26 45th Annual Mt. Hamilton Challenge & Ascent Bicycle Tours: Santa Clara over Mt. Hamilton. These rides have options of either 70 mi. or 125 mi., all on roads. Start/finish will be in Santa Clara. Pre-registration fee is $20 by 4/10; $30 on ride day. Helmets required. Proceeds benefit the Livestrong Foundation. Fees include SAG, medical standby, and delivery of applicant supplied lunches to each of three stops. Contact: Don Worn of Pedalera Bicycle Club, 95 Wadsworth Ave. Los Gatos, CA 95030. (408) 354-2944; Email: donworn@hotmail.com.

4/26 Devil Mountain Double: San Ramon. 206 mi. w/18,000 ft. of elevation gain. The ride starts early in the darkness in San Ramon. After some rolling hills, the first major climb approaches. Mount Diablo, after which the ride is named, is a beautiful state park with great views of the surrounding areas. For more info, go to www.quackcyclists.com

4/27 42nd Annual Primavera Century: Fremont. 100 mi., 85 mi., 100k, 70k. routes to choose from featuring beautiful scenery including the Calaveras Reservoir, Palomares Canyon, Livermore Wine Country, and the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. There is also a Fun Ride for a shorter distance to Coyote Hills. Prereg.: 100 mile, 85 mile, 100k, 70k: $55 before 3/1; $65 from 3/1. 25 mile Fun Ride: $20 adult, $10 child. Route details and starting location TBD. Fee includes: Goodie bag, SAG, well stocked rest stops with mechanics, Hot meal and masseuses at the end of the ride. For more info, go to www.ffbc.org/primavera/

4/27 Chico Wildflower Century: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Childflower 12 mi., Flatflower 30 & 60 mi., Wildcat 100 & 125 mi., Wildflower 65 & 100. These routes are designed to offer just enough challenge to any level of cyclist on rural roads lush with springtime beauty. Loaded rest stops with plenty of fresh baked goodies, fresh fruits, salty snacks, energy bars and drinks, and a lunch spread that accommodates dietary constraints. Traditional rider dinner at the finish! For reg. info, go to www.chicovelo.org/main/century-series/26-wildflower

May

5/3 3F Century: A flat, fast & fun bike ride! Colusa. 100 mi. century, 100 km metric, 37 mi, 20 mi rides. This is a great ride for a first century. The course is really flat. It travels through farmland, primarily rice and around the Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range in the world. And at the end of the ride is a great pulled pork meal provided by the Colusa Lions Club. All proceeds from the ride are used by the Colusa Lions Club to support youth activities. For more info, go to www.3FCentury.com

5/3 Mountain Charlie Challenge: Skypark, Scotts Valley. 100 mi., 100k, 50k, 10 mi., 1 mi. Course travels throughout picturesque Santa Cruz County. The 100k and 100 mile include intense climb up Mountain Charlie and a trek through redwoods and along the summit. 50k includes more gentle climbs through the redwoods and rolling hills. $75 for all courses except 10 mi and 1 mi. (short courses are $35 and $25). For more info, go to www.MountainCharlieChallenge.com 5/4 Tour de Cure Napa Valley: Veterans Home, Yountville. 10 mi. family route along residential and rural backroads. 25 mi. flat route in the heart of Napa Valley. 50 mi. rolling terrain brings to Calistoga where you cross valley and head down the Silveraldo Trail. 80 mi. follow 29/128 past Calistoga out of Napa Valley into picturesque Alexander Valley w/ some hill climbing. 100 mi. best suited for the experienced cyclist; route continues out past Healdsburg almost to Hwy 101 and Russian River. For more info and to register, go to diabetes.org/napavalleytourdecure. Use coupon code "CYCLE14" for a deep discount.

5/3 West Marin Metric Century & Tour of Novato: Novato City Hall. 100, 40, 13 km rides, 5km walk. 100km of scenic West Marin rural roads, including gentle rolling hills and a few challenging climbs (2,296 ft). Other distances are in/around Novato. The start site is located at 901 Sherman, Novato. This ride is a fundraiser for School Fuel - The Novato Foundation for Public Education. For more info, go to www.tourofnovato.org

5/4 Grizzly Peak Century: Campolindo HS, Moraga. 75, 101 and 109 hilly mi. routes. A hilly Scenic ride in the east bay hills and north to Martinez. Optionally ride an additional loop in the east bay hills south to Castro Valley. Pre-reg.: $55; $65 after 4/12. Fee includes rest stops with food, lunch, route sheet, map, route marking, SAG and radio support and souvenir drawstring back pack. For more info, go to www.grizzlypeakcyclists.org/century.

5/10 I Care Classic Bike Tour: South Santa Clara County. 100 mi. hilly, 100 mi. alternative, 100k, 50k, 20 mi. Experience the beautiful south Santa Clara County in the springtime! 5 different routes for every level of rider. Reg. includes continental breakfast, SAG, Maps, rest stops! For more info go to www.ICareClassic.com

5/10 Honor Ride Sacramento - ATOC Gold Series: Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, Agoura Hills. Finish like the pros here in the Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas. In it’s third year for Ride 2 Recovery, this Honor Ride will begin and end at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station and traverse through Agoura Hills, up the Rock Store Climb (for those that want that challenge) and back down into Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. A shorter, more flat route will also be available. Pre-reg.: Adults: $50, by 3/15, $60, after. $70, day of event. For more info or to register, go to www.Ride2Recovery.com

5/10 Motherlode Century: Coloma/Lotus Valley. 28, 64, 78, 84, & 97 mi. routes. This ride rolls through ranch, forest, farms, and vineyards. The 28 mi. (3,009 ft. elev. gain) loop ride features a fantastic panoramic view of the valley, while the 64 mi., (7,186 ft. elev. gain), 78 mi. (8,653 ft. elev. gain), 84 mi. (9,338 ft. elev. gain), and 97 mi. (11,091 ft. elev. gain) routes add a remote canyon with rewarding climbs and awe inspiring scenery. Fee includes goody bag, aid stations, lunch stop and SAG. Logo t-shirt for early reg. Post ride soak in the cool river, hot showers and massage available. All riders will enjoy a riverside dinner with live music following the ride. For more info, go to www.motherlodecentury.com

5/10 13th Annual Tour de Lincoln: McBean Park, Lincoln. Four routes: The 10 mi. Pleasure Cruise, 20 mi. Rolling Hills,40 mi. Country Climb, or 100K Metric Century. Pre-Register before 3/10: 10 mi.: $15; 20 mi.: $30; 40mi. & 100K: $40. After 5/8 add $5. 5/9-10 add $10. Fee includes Continental breakfast, route maps, well-stocked rest stops w/food and potties, SAG, great post-ride BBQ, with Beer & Wine Garden & Live Music. Tour T-shirt available for $15. Helmets req'd. NEW option for 2014, Friday Night Pre-Reg. Dinner $15.(RSVP required) For more info call, Lincoln Volunteer Center (916) 645-6254, or download a Rider application at www.TourdeLincoln.org.

5/10 Ride for Mom: Johansen High School, Modesto. 10, 30, 72 & century rides around the rurual farmlands & rivers of eastern Stanislaus County. Pre-reg.: $15 (10 mi), $45 (30 mi), $55 (72/Century); discounts for under 25 for 30, 72 and century routes; fees increase $10 after 4/10. Fee includes SAG, maps, lunch; lifestyle fair; first 500 registrants receive t-shirt and swag bag. For more info, go to www.rideformom.com

5/10 Tour of the Unknown Coast: Ferndale. 10, 20, 50 mi. & 100 km. & 100 mi. routes. Ride under the giant redwoods along California's last stretch of undeveloped coastline on California's toughest century. Free camping! For more info, go to www.tuccycle.org or call (707) 845-6117

5/10 2nd Where in Walnut Ceek?: Sacavenger hunt. 9 a.m. in the streets of Walnut Creek. The scavenger hunt/race will have you searching high and low throughout Walnut Creek with the help of your smartphone (and even a team if you choose) for various landmarks and locations. For more info, go to http://www.diabloviewrotary.org/where-in-walnut-creek/

5/17 Lodi Sunrise Century "Tour delle Vigne": Michael David Winery, Bare Ranch Estate. 50 km., 100 km., 100 mi. Join us for the "Tour of the Vines" with routes through the rolling hills around the Lodi wine country. Each of the routes offers scenic views of vineyards, tranquil pastures and farm lands along lightly traveled roads. The 100 mile ride takes you around Lake Camanche! All the rest stops are well stocked with water, fresh fruit, carbs, amenities and at the finish, you can relax and enjoy a Gourmet Meal and the fabulous wines of Michael David Winery. $50, by 5/8; $55, after. For more info, go to www.LodiSunriseCentury.com

5/17 California Classic Century: Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno. 35, 65, 100 mi. routes. Join 2,000 riders in the Central Valley's largest gran-fondo style ride. Chip timing, Dry-fit shirt, custom medallion, bike valet, barbecue, plenty of sag stations, food and sag vehicles, massage, free sf giants aaa baseball game, free cold stone ice cream and free beer at our Michelob Ultra Beer Garden! Early bird discounts end 12/1, 2/28/14 and 4/1/14. For more info. go to CaliforniaClassicWeekend.com or call (559) 322-937.

5/17 Mountain Bike Endurance Ride: Pioneer Park, Nevada City. A benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe. The start site is located at 423 Nimrod St. A tough route in the foothills, a either 45 or 50 mi.,that follows a beautiful loop on local trails, including the South Yuba River Trail. The route is approximately 80% singletrack, 7,000 ft. elev., with stunning views of the river. In place of reg. fees, riders are to raise $200 in donations. Fee includes check points with first aid, water and snacks, as well as lunch for all riders. Helmets are required. Reg. deadline is 4/18. For more info, call (530) 470-1800 or go to www.bigsofnc.wordpress.com/events/mountain-bike-endurance-ride

5/17 Sonoma County Backroad Challenge: Petaluma. 99.7 mi. Challenge century ride w/6,810 ft. elev. gain; 69.3 i. metric w/3,730 ft. elev. 35.4 mi. half metric, w/1,287 ft. elev. Experience Sonoma County's rolling hills, pastures, and vineyards. More details to come. For more info, go to www.BackRoadChallenge.com

5/18 Apple Blossom Bike Tour: El Dorado Adventist School, Placerville The metric century, half metric, & family routes. The routes will wind their way through the orchards and vineyards of Apple Hill, an hour's drive east of Sacramento on Hwy. 50. Riders can expect to pedal 3,500 to 5,000 vertical feet in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Participants will take in spectacular views of the Sacramento Valley as they descend toward the finish line and receive a delicious post-ride meal., SAG and rest stops stocked snacks and drinks. All participants will receive t-shirts. A benefit ride for the scholarship fund for El Dorado Adventist School. Reg.: Metric century, $60; Half metric, $50; family route, $30. Reg. by midnight, 5/10 & get a $5 discount. For info, go to www.AppleBlossomBikeTour.com or call Calvin, (530) 417-2857.

5/24 Velo De Femme Women's only ride: Paso Robles. 42 mi. Ride through beautiful wine country with other women cyclists of all levels. Enjoy the incredible scenery, develop your cycling skills, and build fitness as you take part on this unique cycling adventure. A stop for food and drink at a local winery with an optional stop at the farmers market are included in the ride. Whether you are new to organized group rides or an experienced cyclist, you will enjoy this day on the open roads of Paso Robles. For more info, go to www.GreatWesternBicycleRally.com or call (562) 455-0157.

5/25 Great Western 100 Century & Metric Century: Paso Robles. 100 mi., 62 mi. routes. Ride through beautiful scenery on quiet back roads through farmland, vineyards, native oaks and ocean views. One of California's premier places to ride. Full support and rest stops. Camping, showers, post-ride food and activities are available. For more info, go to www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com or call (562) 455-0157.

5/31 39th Sierra Century: Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth. Four routes for the seasoned cyclist: 35 mi. w/1400 ft. of climbing; 65 mi. w/4500 ft; 102 mi. w/7400 ft; and 122 mi. w/10,000 ft. Challenging, beautiful terrain through the Amador and El Dorado wine country and historic Gold Rush towns, including Ione, Sutter Creek, Volcano, Daffodil Hill, Fiddletown, Mt. Aukum, Fair Play, Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch, and the Shenandoah Valley. Post-ride meal w/ expo and live entertainment. Early registration through 3/1. $45 for 35 mi. route; $55 for 65/102/122 routes. 1,500 rider limit. For more info, go to sierracentury.org

5/31 Ride Ataxia: Veteran's Memorial Center, Davis. 17, 40, 60 mi. routes. Pre-reg.: $25/$45, by 4/30. After, add $5 per reg.; ride day, add $10 per reg. Fee includes t-shirt, SAG support, fully stocked rest stops by UC Davis Dining Services, lunch by Outback Steakhouse. Fundraising: Not required but strongly encouraged. Discounted reg. for those who raise $200 or more. Official Ride Ataxia jersey for those who raise $500 or more. For more info, go to http://rideataxia.org/norcal

Southern California Centuries, Fun, & Charity rides

April

4/5 RAAM SoCal Cycling Challenge: Guajome Reg'l Park, Oceanside. 2 rides: 60 mi., 120 mi. and 2 races: 200 & 400 mi. A cycling festival featuring the Coast Range's rolling hills and the desert valley -- with something for everyone -- rides and races, expo and post-event party. For more info, go to socal.raamchallenge.com

4/6 Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego: Little Italy. Join thousands of avid cyclists and experience the Italian-inspired phenomenon while riding the Gran Fondo (108 miles), the Medio Fondo (60 miles) or the Piccolo Fondo Route of 38 miles. It's All About the Rider, The Routes, and Passion for cycling! Supporting Challenged Athletes Operation Rebound. For more info, go to www.SDGranFondo.com

4/6 Etape Du California: Thousand Oaks. Ride the official Stage 8 course of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California with hundreds of other fans. The approximately 80 mi. ride will feature a challenging, hilly course over iconic climbs of the Santa Monica Mountains. For more info, or to register, go to http://letapeducalifornia.com/

4/26 Tour de OC: Newport Mesa Church, Costa Mesa. 25, 55, 100 mi. routes. A fundraising event providing opportunities of hope to children of abuse. Proceeds fund a unique Royal Family Kids summer camp experience, designed especially for their needs, with year round mentorship and club opportunities. Removed from abusive situations, these kids will experience love and support from adults who truly care about them. For more info, go to www.tourdeoc.org
May

5/3 Honor Ride Thousand Oaks -- ATOC Gold Series: Finish like the pros here in the Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas. In its third year for Ride 2 Recovery, this Honor Ride will begin and end at the Lost Hills Sheriff's station and traverse through Agoura Hills, up the Rock Store Climb (for those that want that challenge) and back down into Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. A shorter, more flat route will also be available. Pre-reg.: Adults: $50, by 3/15, $60, after. $70, day of event. For more info or to register, go to Ride2Recovery.com

5/3 Santa Monica Bicycle-Expo: Located next to the famed Santa Monica Pier and Beach Bicycle Path, the Bicycle-Expo brings together bicycle companies, suppliers, bicycle shops, cycling clubs and advocacy organizations in an open air venue right next to the beach! For more info, www.bicycle-expo.com

5/17 California Classic Century: Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno. 35, 65, 100 mi. routes. Join 2,000 riders in the Central Valley's largest gran-fondo style ride. Chip timing, Dry-fit shirt, custom medallion, bike valet, barbecue, plenty of sag stations, food and sag vehicles, massage, free sf giants aaa baseball game, free cold stone ice cream and free beer at our Michelob Ultra Beer Garden! Early bird discounts end 12/1, 2/28/14 and 4/1/14. For more info. go to CaliforniaClassicWeekend.com or call (559) 322-937.

5/17 Heartbreak Hundred: Palmdale. 99 mi. w/ 8,500 ft. of elevation gain. The ride, which only has five turns, winds through high desert and alpine forest landscapes, passing through Los Padres National Forest and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. For more info, go to http://planetultra.com/portfolio/heartbreak-hundred/

5/24 Velo De Femme Women's only ride: Paso Robles. 42 mi. Ride through beautiful wine country with other women cyclists of all levels. Enjoy the incredible scenery, develop your cycling skills, and build fitness as you take part on this unique cycling adventure. A stop for food and drink at a local winery with an optional stop at the farmers market are included in the ride. Whether you are new to organized group rides or an experienced cyclist, you will enjoy this day on the open roads of Paso Robles. For more info, go to www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com or call (562) 455-0157.

5/25 Great Western 100 Century & Metric Century: Paso Robles. 100 mi., 62 mi. routes. Ride through beautiful scenery on quiet back roads through farmland, vineyards, native oaks and ocean views. One of California's premier places to ride. Full support and rest stops. Camping, showers, post-ride food and activities are available. For more info, go to www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com or call (562) 455-0157.

5/31 Ojai Valley Century: The MOB Shop, Ojai. Half and full metric, full century, double metric and hammerhead. Fee includes full support and SAG, patches, rest/food stops, post-ride BBQ. For more info, go to www.ojaivalleycentury.org


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