California Dreaming for Cyclists

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Spring is certainly in the air, and that means for those in the Fresno California area it is time for the annual California Classic Century Ride. What exactly is that? Well as you know May is National Bike Month, and it is the perfect opportunity to join with 2000 others on Saturday, May 17th and have the opportunity to ride on a closed-to–all-autos freeway. It doesn’t matter whether you are an expert or beginner rider, everyone is invited to participate but must register in advance.
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The event begins promptly at 7: 00am at Chukchansi Park in Fresno with a police escort leading the way to Freeway 168. The freeway will be closed for 10 miles and there are three routes consisting of a total of 35 miles (Mini-Metric Route), 60 miles (Metric Route) and the full course of 100 miles (Century Route).  The latter require good stamina and the ride will continue towards Harmon Peak, which has an elevation of approximately 1200 feet above sea level.  All finishers will receive a medallion for their participation.

Rest stops will be approximately every 10-15 miles there will be designated rest stops that will remain open until 5pm and offer food services and other facilities needed for a break.

All riders can register on the California Classic Century Ride’s website. To participate in the ride, helmets are mandatory and must be worn, and all riders must wear a bib number to enter onto the freeway. Scheduled highlights include a post Barbecue at 9AM courtesy of the Fresno Police Officer’s Association. Bike Packet Pickup takes place on Friday, May 16th.

California has many other bike related event happenings all through the state this spring, summer and fall.
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Choose from a 15, 25, 36, 50, 70 or 100-mile rides at the Los Angeles River Ride on June 22nd. August 2nd promises to be an exciting run at 7,000 – 8,500 feet of elevation with the Tour de Big Bear. Routes of 25, 50, 70 or 100 miles make it easier to choose one that matches your comfort level.

Any of the number of events scheduled for cyclists in California this year  provides good practice to participate in granddad of them all, The California Coast Classic Bike Tour. Mark your calendars for September 13 – September 20, 2014 and participate in the one that pledges to build up your endurance. Covering over 525 miles from San Francisco to LA, this tour is an eight day stint. Ride along with thousands of others along the scenic Coastal Highway of US Highway 1 and create that true once in a lifetime memory maker.
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Don’t forget to bring along PatchNRide’s super quick and permanent tire fix that takes less than 1 minute. It is the best to have available whether riding locally or all 525 miles on US 1.

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