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July 2020 Cycle California! Magazine

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Up Montebello Road

By Bo Crane

Why on earth would anyone mountain bike a perfectly good paved road five miles up a 2,000 foot climb? For one, there’s a dirt connector trail at the top. Secondly, a mountain bike with its fat tires is less susceptible to asphalt irregularities, easier to control on steep descents, less likely to flat, and not inclined to encourage reckless open-road speeds. In the era of post-COVID-19 shelter-in-place bicycling, you don’t want to have a hospital-required crash.

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News: Trek Talks, CDC Walks

In June, Forbes Magzine reported that police departments around the United States are using bicycles as weapons against protesters. Trek Bicycle Corporation is one of the leading suppliers of bikes to police forces. Company president, John Burke, while not addressing the marketing and sales of Trek bikes to police departments per se, decried the police brutality and racism.

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A Look Ahead

Lookie! We found a couple of events for July! As with most things this year, the situation remains fluid so check the event’s websites for the latest on whether the events are happening.

Upcoming Rides & Events

Well, October 2020 is shaping up to be a very busy bike event month as many have set up shop in the Fall. All the better to leave time to get in bike riding shape!

We will add to this list as we hear of other event changes — check back for updates.

Event Name Event Date Organizer/Contact
Alta Alpina Challenge Jul 25
Art of Survival Sep 5-6
Nevada City Classic Sep 6
America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride Sep 13
Tour de Lincoln Sep 27
OATBRAN Sep 27-Oct 3
Sea Otter Classic Oct 1-4
Sacramento Century Oct 3
Konocti Challenge Oct 3
Siskiyou Scenic Bike Tour Oct 3
Mount Diablo Challenge Oct 4
Huntsman World Senior Games Oct 5-17
3F Century Ride Oct 10
Strawberry Fields Oct 11 CyclistsforCulturalExchange
Devil's Slide Ride Oct 18
Mr. Frog's Wild Ride Oct 18
Tour de Cure (VIRTUAL) Oct 18 TourdeCure
Party Pardee Oct 24
Habitat Cycle of Hope Oct 25

Event Name 2021 Date Organizer/Contact
Cinderella Classic April 10
California Classic Weekend April 11
Bike around the Buttes April 17
Primavera Century April 18
Tierra Bella April 24
Mendocino Monster June 1
Sequoia Century June 6
Ride the Rockies June 13-18
Death Ride July 17
Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge July 17
Pedal the Plains September 10-12
Golden Hills Century October 9

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