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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 AltaAlpina.org/challenge/
Art of Survival Sep 5-6 SurvivalCentury.com
Nevada City Classic Sep 6 NevadaCityClassic.com
America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride Sep 13 BiketheWest.com
Tour de Lincoln Sep 27 TourdeLincoln.org
OATBRAN Sep 27-Oct 3 BiketheWest.com
Sea Otter Classic Oct 1-4 SeaOtterClassic.com
Sacramento Century Oct 3 SacramentoCentury.com
Konocti Challenge Oct 3 KonoctiChallenge.com
Siskiyou Scenic Bike Tour Oct 3 YrekaRotary.com
Mount Diablo Challenge Oct 4 MountDiabloChallenge.org
Huntsman World Senior Games Oct 5-17 SeniorGames.net
3F Century Ride Oct 10 3FCentury.com
Strawberry Fields Oct 11 CyclistsforCulturalExchange
Devil's Slide Ride Oct 18 DevilsSlideRide.org
Mr. Frog's Wild Ride Oct 18 MrFrogsWildRide.com
Tour de Cure (VIRTUAL) Oct 18 TourdeCure
Party Pardee Oct 24 BikeHikers.com
Habitat Cycle of Hope Oct 25 HabitatCycleofHope.org

Event Name 2021 Date Organizer/Contact
Cinderella Classic April 10 www.valleyspokesmen.org
California Classic Weekend April 11 californiaclassicweekend.com
Bike around the Buttes April 17 BikeAroundtheButtes.com
Primavera Century April 18 ffbc.org/primavera/
Tierra Bella April 24 TierraBella.org
Mendocino Monster June 1 MendocinoMonster.com
Sequoia Century June 6 WesternWheelersBicycleClub.org
Ride the Rockies June 13-18 RidetheRockies.com
Death Ride July 17 DeathRide.com
Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge July 17 SantaCruzMountainsChallenge.com
Pedal the Plains September 10-12 PedalthePlains.com
Golden Hills Century October 9 StancoBike.org


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