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.