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4/10 Giant Bay Area Swap Meet: Wells Middle School, Dublin. The site is located at 6800 Penn Dr. Sell, Swap or Just Plain Look. For more info, contact Bonnie Powers, (925) 828-5299
5/22-25 Great Western Bicycle Rally: Raso Robles. The rally has something for everyone. Four days of bike riding from short family rides to a full century. Rides range from fully supported and self-guided rides. Racers will find a hill climb and time trial. Wine, beer, and cheese tastings, the pasta feed and more are on tap at the rally. For more info visit www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com or call (917) 35-1317.
4/14-17 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca, Monterey. A variety of races and recreational rides plus a demo zone to see and try your next bike. Events take place on a combination of rural roads inside the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, the Laguna Seca Raceway, and public roadways of the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley. Festival entry includes race viewing, marketplace with hundreds of vendors, kids zone, and more. For more info, go to www.seaotterclassic.com or call (800) 218-8411.
5/15 Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival & Bicycle Show: History Park, San Jose. A day with Silicon Valley's bicycling communities, food trucks, craft beer, kids' space, bicycle show, free valet bike parking, Expo, demonstrations, history exhibit. Come join the Valley's racing, road, recumbent, mountain, BMX, cargo biking, custom, cruiser, fixed gear, low rider, recreation and bike polo playing communities, clubs, riding groups and their families for a day of celebrating cycling and its history, family fun. For more info, www.siliconvalleybikesfestival.org 5/27-29 Shasta Cascade Sports Festival: Redding, Anderson & Shasta Lake. Events for everyone in the family: For adults, a Half-Iron Tri, Endurance Du, Olympic distance Tri/Du, marathon, half marathon, 5K/10K; 4,15,40 mi. bike tours & Kid's events: Splash, Pedal-n-Dash, 1/2 mi. & 1 mi. Dash. Entertainment & fun! For more info, go to shastasportsfest.com
4/30 Mt. Hamilton Challenge & Ascent Bicycle Tours: Volunteers are wanted! Help needed for various shifts of clerks at HQ in Santa Clara and SAG drivers throughout the 125mi. route. Contact: Don Worn of the Pedalera Bicycle Club, 95 Wadsworth Ave. Los Gatos, CA 95030; Phone (408) 354-2944; or email: email@example.com.
4/2 California Classic Weekend: Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno. 35, 60, 100. mi. routes. Also, Kids Classic Marathon! The courses range from flat to a maximum elevation of 2,000 ft. through the beautiful foothills of Fresno County before returning to the Park in the heart of downtown Fresno and the home of High-Speed Rail! Riders are lead by a police escort to Freeway 168, where all riders can ride the freeway for 10 mi, vehicle FREE! Want more of a challenge - stay the night and run a half marathon on Sunday and earn the ride's interlocking companion finisher's medallion! Pre-reg.: 60, 100 mi: $70, by 1/31; $75 by 3/31; $90 until 4/1. 35 mi.: $65 by 1/31, $70 by 3/31, $80 until 4/1. Fee includes BBQ, timing, event shirt, finisher's medallion. For more info, go to www.CaliforniaClassicWeekend.com
4/2 Party Pardee: Howard Park, Ione. 26 and 62 mi. 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. SAG and mechanical assistance at the rest stops avail. A hot meal and live music by Mumbo Gumbo will be provided at the finish. This ride must be pre-registered only. No same day registration. Reg. cut off is when the 1,200 rider limit is reached, but not later than 3/1. $45 for 26 mi. and $55 for 62 mi. For info, http://partypardee.bikehikers.com/
4/8-10 Eroica California: Paso Robles. Four routes: 38, 65, 85, 120 mi. around the hilly vineyard country of the Central Coast. Enjoy a weekend of cycling entertainment, ocean views during the rides, a Concource d'Elegance w/vintage bikes. For more info, go to www.eroicacalifornia.com
4/9 Red Hawk Ride: Redding. 6, 18, 38, & 64 mi. routes. Fun and relatively flat, around the campus nad into the country -- a great spring tune up ride! $25, $35, $55 OR $75 for the 6, 18, 38, & 64 respectively. Fee includes Maps, SAG, wrench, parking, safety personnel; schwag. For more info, go to Red-Hawk-Ride.htm
4/9 40th Anniversary Cinderella Classic & Challenge: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. A women-only recreational ride! Ride through the Amador, Livermore, Diablo & San Ramon Valleys. Mostly flat, a few modest hills. Classic route is 65 mi. Challenge route an additional 23 mi., 2,000 ft. of climbing. Ride is limited to 2,000 riders! Advance on-line registration only, no day-of reg., reg. may be transferred. 40th anniversary Cinderella jersey & windshell vest available for advance orders only. For reg. or info, www.ValleySpokesmen.org
4/14-17 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca, Monterey. A variety of races and recreational rides plus a demo zone to see and try your next bike. Events take place on a combination of rural roads inside the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, the Laguna Seca Raceway, and public roadways of the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley. Fee includes participant pack for racing and Gran Fondo; showers, lunch, and fully-supported ride for the Gran Fondo. For more info, go to www.SeaOtterClassic.com or call (800) 218-8411.
4/16 41st Sierra Century: Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth. Six routes for the seasoned cyclist. New this year: Amador Wine Country Tour, 18-24 mi. w/1,000-1,500 ft. of climbing, visits wineries in the Shenandoah Valley. Other routes: 41 mi. w/3,200 ft. of climbing; 65 mi. w/4,500 ft.; 69 mi. w/6000 ft.; 102 mi. w/7,800 ft.; and 122 mi. w/9,600 ft. Beautiful, sometimes challenging 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. Pre-reg. by 2/29: $30 for the wine country tour; $55 for the 41, 65, 69, 102, 122 mi. routes. 1,200 rider limit, so register early! For more info, go to www.SierraCentury.org
4/16 Bike around the Buttes 2016: Pack up your bikes and head out to Sutter, CA for the Annual Bike Around the Buttes ride. Tour the old stage coach route from Colusa to Sutter, then head north thru the majestic Sutter Buttes mountain range on a 17.5, 40 or 100 mi ride. These routes unveil rolling hills, little elevation change and long stretches of beautiful countryside. The 100 mi. route adds a trek by the Sacramento River. Post ride activities include a bbq in the park and live music. For more info, www.BikeAroundtheButtes.com
4/16 Cycle for Sight/Rotary Ride for Veterans: Justin Siena High School, Napa. 15,25,50 mi.rides through the Napa Valley Wine Country. Followed by the "Bay Area's Best" Post-ride: wine, food and music festival, featuring Pride & Joy and wine tasting of 30 Napa wineries. Registration fee includes event t-shirt and wine glass. Pre-reg.:$60, adults before 3/16/16: $70 after. Under age 21, $25. Adult festival only $30. For more info, go to www.Cycle4Sight.com or (707) 257-5611.
4/16 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. Note that the Wilder Ride includes a one mi. stretch of perfectly rideable gravel. Wild Ride: $45; Wilder Ride: $55 until midnight 3/1/16; after, add $5 to each reg. Fee includes rest stops, SAG, BBQ dinner, free massage, music, and Time Trials. Helmets req'd. For more info go to www.mrfrogswildride.org
4/17 44th Annual Primavera Century: Mission San Jose High School, Fremont. 5 routes: 25 mi. mostly flat; 65 km. Calaveras Loop; 100 km. metric century; 85 mi., 100 mi. century. Ride along beautiful tree lined lanes, through vineyards, to the top of Altamont Pass, past wind turbines and through scenic canyons. The 25-mile Fun Ride goes through scenic Coyote Hills Park with lots of wildlife. For more info, go to http://www.ffbc.org/primavera
4/23 14th Annual Mountain Charlie Challenge: Skypark, Scott's Valley. 10 mi., 100K, 100 mi. route. The 100 mi. includes a grind up steep Mountain Charlie. Expect the after-ride party to include music, food, expo with artists & sponsor booths, and family activities. For more info, www.MountainCharlieChallenge.com
4/23 Wildflower Century: Creston Elementary School. 50, 70, 100 mi. routes that travel rural roads through oak woodlands and ranch lands. Pre-reg.: $75. Fee includes SAG, bike mechanic at the start & midpoint of century, post ride barbecue, ride patches. For more info, go to www.slobc.org/wildflower
4/24 Chico Wildflower Century: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico. So many rides: Wildcat 125 or 100, and Wildflower 100 or 65, Flatflower rides (60, 30 or 12 mi.), Childflower 12. Huge cyclists expo on Saturday, packed rest stops, SAG, mechanics, catered meals, and much much more! Online reg. from 2/1 through midnight 4/20. Fees $15-$85, depending on the route chosen. For more info, www.wildflowercentury.org
4/24 BICYCLING Spring Classic: Morgan Hill. 25, 60, 90 mi. routes thru south Santa Clara County. The Editors of Bicycling Magazine and Specialized invite cyclists to ride of 25, 60, or 90 mi. on the same scenic climbs and descents used as proving grounds for Specialized¹s bikes and equipment. Fee includes exceptional roads, scenic views, attentive on-course support including attentive nutrition and hydration support, mechanical and medical staff; timing chips (with prizes for five fastest climbers on the 90-mile route); and a post-ride party with a healthy lunch, family activities, bicycle industry expo, and more. For more info, BicyclingSpringClassic.com
4/30 Tierra Bella Bike Tour: Join Almaden Cycle Touring Club's (ACTC) 39th annual ride through the scenic country roads of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, beginning and ending at Gavilan College in Gilroy. Includes hot catered meal, 6 rest stops with fruit, snacks, baked goods and drinks, SAG support, and a free commemorative patch. Families are welcome! Choose between 4 beautiful routes: ride the easier 35 mi. (56K) reservoir loop; enjoy a hilly & rolling metric century (62 mi.); or ride our challenging 100 mi. (160K) or 124 mi. (200K) route. Register early and save. Through 1/29: $60 per rider / $120 per family (1 or 2 adults & their minor children). 1/30 – 3/20: $65 per rider / $130 per family. 3/21 – 4/13: $70 per rider / $140 per family. 4/14 – 30: $85 per rider / $170 per family. Reg. closes when the number of riders reaches 2,000. Visit www.TierraBella.org or call (408) 255-7957 to register.
4/30 Motherlode Century Spring Classic: Lotus Valley. Roll thru ranch, forest, farms, and vineyards. 35 mi. (2,824' of elev.) loop samples of the best of riding in the Gold Country, while 66 mi. (6,430' gain), 82 mi., and 95 mi. (9,177' gain) routes add a canyon w/two climbs. Riders receive attentive SAG, well-stocked aid stations, lunch on the 3 longer rides, riverside dinner w/live music, hot showers, massage, craft beers and local wines. Spend time in the area: Lodging includes $10 camping at venue, tent cabins, RV spaces and cabins or hotels and B&Bs. A benefit for Friends of El Dorado Trails. For more info, (530) 545-0698; www.motherlodecentury.com
4/30 Healdsburg Harvest Bicycle Tour: Healdsburg Community Ctr. 20 mi. 40 mi. 60mi. routes through Sonoma's Wine Country. Moderately challenging ride through the Aleaxander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. The start site is located at 1557 Healdsburg Ave. Pre-reg.: individual $75, team 10+ $65 each person, by 2/29. After 2/29, individual $85, team 10+ $75 each person. Fee includes continental breakfast, rest stops, SAG, hot lunch after the ride and schwag. No day of ride registration. Call (707) 433-6935for team promo code. For more info go to http://healdsburg.com/biketour
4/30 Mt. Hamilton Challenge: & Ascent Bicycle Tours. Santa Clara. These are Century Rides with options of either 70 mi. or 125 mi., all on roads. Pre-reg. is $20 by 4/21; $30 on ride day. Helmets req'd. Proceeds benefit the Livestrong Foundation. Fees include SAG, medical standby, and delivery of rider supplied lunches to each of three stops. Contact: Don Worn of Pedalera Bicycle Club, 95 Wadsworth Ave. Los Gatos, CA 95030: Phone (408) 354-2944; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/10 Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego: Little Italy, San Diego. 20, 34, 56, 105 mi. routes. Expect 5 fully stocked rest stops, timed King & Queen of the mountain, chip-timed route. A fundraiser for the Challenged Athletes Fdn. For more info, go to www.sdgranfondo.com
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