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7/8 Death Ride: Turtle Rock Park, Markleeville, California. Five mountain passes to test your mettle: Monitor Pass: 8,314ft.; Ebbetts Pass 8,730 ft.; Carson Pass, 8,580 ft.! 129 mi. and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. You also have the option of riding one, two, three or four passes. The first four passes will be closed at specific times to vehicular traffic. For info, go to www.deathride.com
7/15 Arthritis Bike Classic – Marin: Stafford Regional Park, Novato. All the routes have elevation gain: 23 mi. w/1,317 ft., 42 mi. w/3,691 ft. , 61 mi. w/3,691 ft. , 102 mi./7,116 ft. Beautiful, supported routes, parking, lunch, live music, awards. www.arthritis.org/MarinBikeClassic
7/22 Tour de MALT: Nicasio Valley Farms, Marin County. Ride through the farms and ranches of West Marin and along spectacular Tomales Bay. Reg Fees: Early Bird 3/1-4/15 $85 for MALT members after: $100 for members and $150 for all nonmembers. A fundraiser for Marin Agricultural Land Trust. For more info and route details: www.malt.org/Tour-de-Malt
7/22 Historic Hotel Bike Ride: Fort Bidwell, Modoc County. 100 km. & 150 km. Bike over 6,300 foot Cedar Pass climbing 1,650 feet to cross the Warner Mountains, viewing the Hayes Mountain Range and tranquil valleys. Experience rugged beauty as you bike 100 km to the historic Hotel Niles or detour past the scenic Modoc Wildlife Refuge finishing at the Niles Hotel in Alturas. Reg.: 100 km, $65; for 150 km., $85. Reg. includes lunch, T-shirt, SAG and Friday night spaghetti dinner. For more info, www.ModocParksandRec.com
7/29 Devil's Slide Ride: Pacifica Community Center. 104-mi.; 61 mi. metric century; 37 mi. metric half century. 2 longest road rides go down SM coast/back through redwoods & watershed; 36-mi road ride is r/t to Half Moon Bay and back. Fee includes lunch, custom water bottle, aid stations, snacks, refreshments, cue sheets/maps, SAG. Check website for early bird discounts! Use coupon code CYCLECA5 for an additional $5 off your reg. A fundraiser for PARCA. www.DevilsSlideRide.org
7/29 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge: UCSC. If you like bicycling on mountain roads through redwood forests, this road bike event is right up your alley. 4 routes of 135, 100, 75 and 45 mi., with elevation gains from 3,500 to 13,500 ft. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club. www.santacruzcycling.org/
7/29 Wipe out Cancer Ride: Cabrillo Middle School, Santa Clara. 40K and 100K routes. Details to be posted on website. The routes go around Santa Clara and the South Bay. Aid stations enroute and SAG. Riders receive lunch and a Wipeout-Cancer t-shirt with reg. This event is organized by Wipeout-Cancer and net proceeds go to Cancer CAREpoint. http://wipeout-cancer.org/sports-day-for-charity/
8/5 Marin Century: Marin County fairgrounds. 50 km., 100 km., 220 km., 100 mi., 100 Tam, 200 mi. The courses travel the rural roads of West Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties. The terrain varies from gentle rolling hills along the coast to a few very challenging climbs. Reg includes post-ride feast and expo, water bottle, SAG, some lane controls. Visit www.marincyclists.com.
8/13 Tour d’Organics: Sebastopol Community Cultural Ctr. A cycling & culinary experience in Sonoma County! 16 mi. family ride, 30 mi. Coaster ride; metric century Explorer, & 100 mi. Full Bounty! Savor organic fruit and produce in this destination bicycling event. www.tourdorganics.com
8/17 Ebbetts Pass Century: Bear Valley. Metric, Century, Half Century, Quarter Century. New this year: the century extends to Markleeville! Expect great scenery, smooth roads, well stocked support stations with good food and some of the best cycling terrain anywhere. mtadventure.com
8/19 Tour de Menlo: Menlo-Atherton High School. 35, 46, 65 mi. routes around the San Francisco Peninsula. After taking different routes from the start, all riders eventually will head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park. Riders can rest and enjoy refreshments before heading back to Menlo Atherton High School for a relaxing lunch in the courtyard. www.tourdemenlo.com
8/20 41th Annual Tour of Napa Valley: California Veterans Home, Yountville. Four course options for riders to choose from – a flat 35 mi., hilly 40 mi., as well as metric (62 mi.) and standard century (100 mi.) rides. The metric is about 3,000 ft. of climbing; full century over 6,500 ft. View the Napa Wine Country from valley to mountain top. Enjoy the rolling roads, taste the home-baked cookies at the well-stocked rest stops and know dedicated SAG volunteers. After your ride, sit down to a delicious BBQ lunch with music by a fabulous band www.eaglecyclingclub.org/tour
8/26 Kendall-Jackson Tour de Fox - Wine Country Edition: Join hosts Kendall-Jackson winery, Team Fox and other local businesses for a bike ride (73, 51, 31.5 and 10 mi.) to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research. Riders will experience true wine country lifestyle as they ride amongst the rolling hills of Sonoma County and finish at the K-J Wine Estate and Gardens with a celebration including local wine, beer, food and live music. All of the proceeds will go to Michael J Fox foundation along with the local GOALs program helping special needs kids. To register visit www.Tourdefox.org/winecountry.
8/26 Ride4Diabetes: DeAnza College, Cupertino. 4 routes of 90K, 60K, 18K and a 5k bunny ride. Fee includes lunch, snacks/drinks at rest stops, SAG, maps, shirt, entertainment. This event raises funds for for the American Diabetes Assn. www.ride4diabetes.org
6/3 Eastern Sierra Double: Bishop. fast, flat warm up through the Owens River region, you’ll head north through Round Valley and climb up Crowley Lake, through pinion woodlands while following Lower Rock Creek to Mono County and the heartland of the Eastern Sierra. For info, planetultra.com/events/
7/22 Up & Down:Ashland, OR. Ride the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway. Scenic Bikeway route: 51 miles, 5,100 ft. of climb; the Burton Flat route: 83 miles, 7100’ of climbing . All on narrow, winding, mountainous, low-traffic roads. Full supported, barbecue lunch and craft beer after the ride included. Proceeds benefit the Bear Creek Greenway Fdn. Reg.: 51 mi. $60/$65 by 6/1; $70 (day of). 83 mi. 83 mi. $70, $75 by 6/1; $80 day of. upanddownashland.com
7/30 Willamette Gran Fondo: Bellfountai. 83 mi. w/5,700 ft. of climbing, 125 mi. w/10,400 ft. of climbing. Difficult terrain w/long, steep hills. www.oregontriplecrown.com