Central Sierra Cycling News and Events Summer REC

A Jam Packed Two Wheel Event Schedule for the Sierra

The Sierra Mountains , June 2015– Summer has sprung in the Sierra, which means Cycling Races, Cycling Challenges, Mountain Bike Races, Fun Rides and Multi-day tours are around every corner.  If you are looking to join a race or visit a race as a fan in June here is a quick rundown of events we found that are happening this month in the Sierra.
From Lake Tahoe and The Carson Valley to Sierraville and Lake Almanor these races, rides and challenges will fill anyones need to ride.

Cycling

6/7 24th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride — Lake Tahoe: Hard Rock Hotel tahoe_4-1& Casino Resort, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe. Fully Supported 72 mi. ride around Lake Tahoe or full 100 mi century. Boat Cruise 35 mi. bike tour; Fee includes goodie bag, event number, event long sleeve t-shirt, waterbottle, food & beverage at rest stops including lunch on course, tech support, first aid, SAG transport support, event photo, after-ride meal & pool party with live music. Traditionally sells out. Pre reg fees: $125 for 72/100 mi. options; $145 for boat cruise 35 mi. ride. For more info, call (800) 565-2704 or go to www.bikethewest.com.
6/7 Ride the Parkway: William B. Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael. 60 mi. ride along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail & heads down to Discovery Park in downtown Sacramento and then up to Beal’s Point in Folsom before returning to William B. Pond Park for post-ride festivities. Participants can ride as much of the course as they like, stopping at Discovery Park and Nimbus Fish Hatchery for rest stops. Festivities after the ride will include a BBQ, beverages, live entertainment, local cycling vendors, and a raffle. For more info, go to http://arpf.org/ride-the-parkway.php
6/20 Mile High 100: Lake Almanor. 33, 56, 100 mi. routes. The longer rides offer 4 rest 2728916_origstops and breathtaking views of Lake Almanor, Mt. Lassen & Indian Valley. Pre-reg.: by 5/15. For more info, go to www.MileHigh100.com
6/20 8th Annual Tour of the Carson Valley — Barbecue & Ice Cream Social: Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV. Fully Supported 11 mi. family/beginner fun ride; 20 mi. bike & hike option; 44 mi. tour w/optional Kingsbury Grade climb for a 60 mi. ride option. Ride along the eastern foothills of the Sierra on the historic routes of the pioneers. Fee includes goodie bag, event number, event t-shirt, waterbottle, food & beverage at rest stops, tech support, first aid, SAG transport support, after ride barbecue, ice cream and live music. Pre-reg. fees: $65, 44 mi. & 60 mi.; $55, 20 mi bike & hike; $35, 11 mi. family/beginner fun ride. For more info, call (800) 565-2704 or go to www.BiketheWest.com
6/20 Tour de Manure: Sierraville. Metric, half century loops, or 30 mi. Pedal through aTour_de_Manure_2012-123ranchlands, meadows, and historic communities in the beautiful Sierra Valley in this bike tour benefitting the all-volunteer Sierraville Fire and Rescue Dept. Watch for hawks, yellow-headed blackbirds and other wildlife abundant on these headwaters of the Feather River. The start site is 102 Main St. Pre-reg.: Adults $60, children $30 until 6/13; $70 after. Fee includes souvenir t-shirt, rest stop food and drink, and a post-tour party including live music by the SimpleTones and delicious food from local purveyors. Sign up online at www.active.com or download a reg. form at tourdemanure.org
6/27 Alta Alpina Challenge: Turtle Rock Park, Markleeville. Enjoy smooth, low traffic challenge7roads and spectacular scenery in the beautiful Eastern Sierra near Lake Tahoe. Most popular options include: Wild Sierra Metric (Luther-Blue Lakes), Wild Sierra Century (Kingsbury, Ebbetts, Monitor), 5 Pass Challenge (Carson-Ebbetts-Ebbetts-Monitor Monitor), 8 Pass Challenge (The World’s Toughest Double Century); and the Foothill Fun Ride, or Build Your Own Ride option. Friendly support, SAG, many well-stocked rest stops with Hammer products, fresh fruit, energy bars, water, and ice. Reg. includes rest stops, post-ride meal, and frameable customized rider bib with pictures from the course completed. For more info and online reg. go towww.AltaAlpina.org/Challenge
6/27 Climb To Kaiser: Alta Sierra Middle School, Clovis. 3 distances. The riders should be able to complete a century with 8,000 to 10,000 ft. of climbing in 8 to 10 hours. 95 mi. Tollhouse Century has 7,500 ft. climbing. Millerton Classic has 71 mi. w/3,500 ft. of climbing. For more info, go to www.climbtokaiser.com

Mountain Bike Races

6/3 20th Annual Prairie City Race Series (Wednesdays): Prairie City OHV Park, PcrsLogoRancho Cordova. Moderate hills, singletrack and jeep roads. Cross Country series for Juniors, Beginners through Experts, kids too at the last four races. Family fun, great training! Distances vary weekly: 3 – 4 mi. laps. Beginner 2 laps, Sport 3 laps, Expert and ProExpert 4 laps. Reg.: $30 on-line pre-registration, add $10 for race day reg., only $20 each race thereafter. Fee includes Schwag bag and T shirt for the first 600 registered racers. No license or parking fees! Check website for Kids race info. For more info, contact Brian Joder, bicyclingevents.com or call (916) 759-2124.

6/10 20th Annual Prairie City Race Series (Wednesdays): Prairie City OHV Park, Rancho Cordova. Moderate hills, singletrack and jeep roads. Cross Country series for Juniors, Beginners through Experts, kids too at the last four races. Family fun, great training! Distances vary weekly: 3 – 4 mi. laps. Beginner 2 laps, Sport 3 laps, Expert and ProExpert 4 laps. Reg.: $30 on-line pre-registration, add $10 for race day reg., only $20 each race thereafter. Fee includes Schwag bag and T shirt for the first 600 registered racers. No license or parking fees! Check website for Kids race info. For more info, contact Brian Joder, bicyclingevents.com or call (916) 759-2124.
6/20 Fleming Meadows Mtn. Bike Race: Sly Park Lake, Pollock Pines. 9 mi., 16.1 mi., 23.2 mi. loop courses on singletrack trail, some dirt roads. Technical sections, some rocky sections, roots, climbs & downhills. The trails will be open to other users, so use caution when racing. For more info, go to www.tctruns.com
6/20 Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Cross Country Race: Highlands Community Ctr. 24 lt-4-mtb-186x300mi., 2 laps. A mix of single track and fire-road. It is a fast and smooth course with few technical sections. The most laps wins. Approximately 700 ft. ascending and descending per lap. The course is approximately 12.6 mi.. Fast lap times are around 50 minutes. Cross country race is two laps. Pre-reg.: $35-$50. Online by 6/18 or onsite 6/20. Fee includes fuel, t-shirt, BBQ, beer (if over 21). For more info, contact Todd Jackson, Big Blue Adventure LLC, www.adventuresportsweektahoe.com/compete/lake-tahoe-mountain-bike-race/ or (530) 546-1019.
6/20 Lake Tahoe 4-Hour Endurance Race: Highlands Community Ctr. The course is a mix of singletrack and fire road. It is a fast and smooth course with few technical sections. The most laps wins. Approximately 700 ft. ascending and descending per lap. The course is approximately 12.6 mi. Fast lap times are around 50 minutes. Cross country race is two laps. Reg.: online by 6/18/15 or onsite 6/20/15. $45-$70. Fee includes fuel, t-shirt, BBQ, beer (if over 21). For more info, contact Todd Jackson, www.adventuresportsweektahoe.com/compete/lake-tahoe-mountain-bike-race/ or (530) 546-1019.
6/20 Lake Tahoe 8-Hour Endurance Race: Highlands Community Ctr. The course is a mix of singletrack and fire road. It is a fast and smooth course with few technical sections. The most laps wins. Approximately 700 ft. ascending and descending per lap. The course is approximately 12.6 mi. Fast lap times are around 50 minutes. Cross country race is two laps. Reg.: Online by 6/18/15 or onsite 6/20/15. $45-$70. Fee includes fuel, t-shirt, BBQ, beer (if over 21). For more info, contact Todd Jackson, www.adventuresportsweektahoe.com/compete/lake-tahoe-mountain-bike-race/ or (530) 546-1019.

Multi-day Tours

6/20-24 Cycle the Sierra: Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley. An annual cycling event beginning in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 60 mi. daily. This fully supported, 300 mi. loop through breathtaking country, beneath granite peaks, through evergreen forests and to alpine hot springs. Ride through iconic locations like Lake Tahoe and the area where gold was discovered starting the California Gold Rush, over the 4th highest bridge in the US, and through numerous unique and historical communities along the way. At night, we’ll camp together under the stars. Camps will feature delicious food, live music, a beer and wine garden, massage therapists, bike mechanics and other cyclists letting loose on vacation from all over the United States. For more info, go to www.CycletheSierra.com

6/20-27 Sierra to the Sea: Ride from the Sierra Nevada Mountains thru the Sacramento and Napa Valleys, down the Pacific Coast, across the Golden Gate Bridge and concludes at Golden Gate Park. The basic tour route is approximately 420 mi. long and averages 60 mi. per day for each of seven cycling days. Less strenuous route options available, as well as options for riders who wish greater challenges. This tour costs $795 plus other optional fees and includes all camping fees, six dinners, six breakfasts and lunch in Golden Gate Park. Organized by the Almaden Cycle Touring Club of San Jose. For more info, go to http://www.sierratothesea.org/ or contact Tina Shaner at tshaner1@pacbell.net.


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