Fourth annual California Classic rolls through Fresno, foothills

The Fresno BeeMay 17, 2014 

Some 1,500 cyclists turned out Saturday morning for the fourth annual California Classic Century ride.

Saturday's ride started early from Chukchansi Park -- before the big packinghouse fire nearby -- in pleasant weather, with temperatures in the 60s. Riders soon took over a 10-mile stretch of Highway 168, a main draw for the ride: "Our participants love it," organizer Mike Herman said last week. "It's the only opportunity for people to ride on a California freeway."

Riders had their choice of three routes (100, 60 and 35 miles) -- but all got to roll on the freeway.

The Classic was originally a one-weekend, two-part event in May that also featured a half marathon. But the running part was moved up to March 16 to beat the heat.

Saturday's high temperatures climbed into the 90s, but a breeze helped moderate the heat.

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