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2/17 Almond Blossom Century: Downtown Ripon, 70 miles south of Sacramento on Hwy 99 - 15 mi. Family Ride, 31 mi. Half Metric, 62 mi. Metric Ride through beautiful farmland during the spring almond blossom bloom. Metric ride crosses the Central Valley’s three major rivers. Reg. includes aid stations, pre-ride continental breakfast and a commemorative medallion. www.musicfirstusa.info.
2/24 Pedaling Paths to Independence: DeVinci’s Deli & Catering, Linden. 65 mi. with 1,300 feet of rolling hills; 26 flat mi. Routes traverse quiet back roads through orchards and vineyards. Metric century includes a portion of Stage 3 of the 2011 Tour of California. Fees: $40, 26 mi. route; $45 for 65 mi. route. Add $5 late fee on day of event. Fee includes maps, route sheets, pre-ride tech support, radio communications, SAG, rest stops, lunch on 65 mi. route, catered post-ride meal, entertainment at the finish. www.pedalingpaths.com
10/21 Solvang Autumn Double: Buellton. 194 mi. & 11,500 ft. elev. For info, planetultra.com/events/
2/17 Camino Real Double Century: Irvine. 200 mi., over 8,500 feet of climbing. Riders will be dealt a card at each of four checkpoints, and one at the finish. The best hands will win prizes! 17 hour time limit. planetultra.com
2/24 Stagecoach Century: Ocotillo Community Park, Ocotillo. 26, 50, 73, 84, 90, 100 mi. routes. Ride thru the California desert on County Route S2 in east San Diego and Imperial Counties. Marvel at stunning vistas from five desert passes. www.shadowtour.com
3/3-4 Malibu Gran Fondo: Four Seasons, Malibu. 2 different courses with unique terrain, vistas and challenges: 151km Gran Fondo traversing a balanced mix of rolling farmland, fast and scenic coastline, and an epic climb to the finish in the Santa Monica Mountains; 20km Time Trial point-to-point course along PCH. www.ridemalibugranfondo.com
3/10 Solvang Century: Solvang. 100, 63 or 50 mile ride options. through the wine country of Santa Barbara County. The start/finish site is located at Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Rd. BBQ lunch included in the entry fee. Go to www.bikescor.com or call (562) 690-9693 for more information or a ride flyer
3/10 Joshua Tree Double: 29 Palms. Explore the area around Joshua Tree Nat’l Park. no traffic, few signals, just you, pavement, and not many cities, either. www.mtnhighcycling.com
3/17 Solvang Spring Double: Buellton. This is a double only! No 100 mi. option, so know your limitations. Electronic timing using a RFID. 550 rider limit. Planetultra.com.
3/24 Saddleback Spring Classic Gran Fondo: Irvine Valley College, Irvine. 100 mi., 50 mi., 35 mi. Spring classic 1/2 Century, Easy Breezy 15 mi., Kids 1-mile ride, Tiny Tike Bike Course. Renegaderaceseries.com/saddleback-spring-classic-gran-fondo
3/24 The Dirty Devil: Alpine. Road bike ultra century, which includes up to 28 mi. of packed dirt roads. Route options available: 84 mi., or tackle the whole 127 mi. courseKOM/QOM challenge on uphill dirt sections. www.ccsd.com/dirty-devil/