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July 2015 Cycle California!

Back to summer camp!

By Tracy Corral

Summers offer lazy days, fireworks, myriad centuries, and this year -- Family Bike Camp? Yes. Oakland Feather River Camp, presents Bike Week, Aug. 3-9. Located in the Plumas National Forest, outside of Quincy, the camp sits where Sierras meet the Cascade mountains and offers riding as well as other activities in the Plumas National Forest and parts of the Tahoe National Forest. The location of Oakland Feather River Camp gives mountain bikers access to quality singletrack and flow trails and for the skinny-tire set, smooth, quiet backcountry roads through the forest. But more about that in a bit.

Because the camp is all about families and members of families usually have different interests, Oakland Feather River Camp offers activities for people of all different ages and interests, according to Mike Moran, who sits on the board of Camps in Common, the organization that runs Feather River Camp for the city of Oakland.

Those bicyclists who hit the road early in the pre-morning take off in what was once known as the Wolf Hour, just before the eastern sky starts to lighten. In olden times within the dark forests of northern Europe, this was the time in which wolves returned to their lairs with their nocturnal hunts concluded, getting to bed before the dawn chill set in.

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Take action! Help save Sierra National Forest

By Deanna Wulf

When I began canvassing for a national monument in the Sierra, my truck was nearly broken down. The transmission was gone, the exhaust system was malfunctioning, and the valves weren't working. There was no heat, and it wasn't registered, since I couldn't get it to pass smog.

But I began anyway. I'd drive across the Central Valley with the defroster blowing frigid air on hands and body. In this uncomfortable state, I went door to door, business to business to garner letters of support, to save the most beautiful and profound place I know.

My goal is to protect the forgotten federal land between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. The area is a national biological treasure, it's a pinnacle of beauty and wonder, and it's a recreational paradise. You can bike, hike, camp, hunt, run, raft or just sit and watch the sun set. The Grizzly Ride out of North Fork goes right through the center of it.

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When good rides go bad

By Howard Shafer

When Jacquette and I married, our honeymoon was a 460 mile bike ride through the northern Rockies (L'Affaire of the Bicycle, Cycle California! Magazine, August 2010), and almost every year since then we've celebrated our anniversary with bike trip. In 2014 we decided on a tour from our home in Santa Clara to the ever-popular tourist destination of King City. (It's the trip that counts, not the destination.) Besides, it's the right distance for a relaxed, one week ride, 320 miles round-trip. We wanted to see the land that grows our food up close. That's what we wanted, but that's not all we got.

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July A Look ahead

The fine summer weather draws cyclists to the outdoors in droves and there are plenty of rides local and far away to temp the decriminating bike rider away from the tried-and-true local roads. Check out the calendar to see what's in store for July, beginning on page 16

Ride with Tour de Lane

July 31 to Aug. 2 Tour de Lane offers all types of rides over the three days in the area around Eugene, Oregon. The weekend offers a Bike Builders tour, a 50 mile ride with stops at local bike manufacturers. There is also a Bike Path Showcase, a 69 mile tour of Eugene/Springfield extensive bike path system as well as country and river views. There's also a ride called "Maybe?" Saturday's action includes Clear to Coast, a 91 mile ride through forest, and past falls and farmland before it reaches the Pacific Ocean. The 55 mile Around the Fern serves a little of everything: good roads, views of the lake, pastoral backrounds. The next ride is the Vintner's Way, a 39.9 mile ride that passes near several wineries. On August 2 participate in GEARs annual Blackbery bRamble with community rides or choice of 3 organized rides: Wolf Creek Century, Poodle Creek Century, or the Crow Loop 40 miler.

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