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March Cycle California!

Road Trips: East Bay Country Riding

By Dan Shryock

I am alone by the side of the road. To my left are rolling East Bay hills with vibrant green grass stretching like carpet over rises and swales. To the right is a guardrail and a sudden plunge down to the Calaveras Reservoir that extends along the valley floor. Friends have ridden ahead, disappearing around one in a series of panoramic bends.

Our cycling group came here to preview the Primavera Century, the annual spring ride staged by the Fremont Freewheelers Bicycle Club. A ride starting and ending in an urban city may not sound enticing. Who wants to ride through city traffic and urban sprawl? Happily, the Primavera Century is surprisingly beautiful. It’s a highlight of our 10-day California cycling tour.

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