Keyesville Classic bike race this weekend
Entering its 27th year, the Keyesville Classic is a weekend filled with bike races for the casual rider and pro mountain bike racers.
The event features single events on cross-country, short track and Super D courses on Saturday followed by the All-Mountain Stage Race, which combines all the courses on the same bike, on Sunday.
Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. both days and closes 20 minutes before any race start.
Single event costs $40 for adults and $15 for juniors. The All-Mountain Stage Race is $110 for adults and $45 for juniors. The event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and riders are required to have a valid USAC license. One-day licenses can be purchased with registration. Prizes will be awarded to the top three riders in each category and age bracket.
China Peak offering ’15-16 season pass deal
After an abysmal winter that left China Peak high and dry for much of the season, the ski resort at Huntington Lake is offering a season-pass deal in April.
It’s a bold move that resort owner Tim Cohee said China Peak has to make.
“I’ve been talking often with resort operators around the state recently, and many of us are frankly concerned about asking our best and most loyal customers — our season pass holders — to buy next season’s passes in the coming month after such a terrible season. But in the spirit of total transparency, the cash flow this time of year is critical to us, so we have to ask you to have faith in 2015-16 and join us again.” Cohee posted on the China Peak official Facebook page.
Two new perks will be given to all pass holders who buy or renew during the April 1-30 spring sale.
• All adult and senior passes will come with a $100 China Peak debit card that is valid for anything at the resort except season passes. $50 debit cards will be given for juniors and $25 for children 12 and under.
• The passes come with a “100 Day Promise.” Simply put, if the resort is not open at least 100 days between Nov. 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016, you will receive next year’s season pass (2016-17) for free.
The two perks are part of the China Peak Black Pass, which comes with a number of other perks. It includes the Powder Allliance, which gives riders three free days at each of 12 participating resorts.
Big Sandy winners
On a beautiful afternoon, more than 100 riders hit the San Joaquin River Trail for the 13th annual Big Sandy Point-to-Point Mountain Bike Race on Sunday.
Menso de Jong of Santa Barbara was the men’s pro winner and Tracie Nelson of San Luis Obispo won the women’s pro race in the 38-mile main events — de Jong finished in 3 hours, 17 minutes and 55 seconds, while Nelson timed in at 4:17:25.
Vinny Owens of Fresno was second in the men’s 38-miler at 3:27:20. Jack Achey won the men’s 23-mile race in 2:14:54 and Lora Baggiolini won the women’s in 2:49:35.
Walter Cruz was the winner in the men’s 15-miler and Julie Bates took the women’s title.
Full results: www.bigsandyrace.com.
Giant Sequoia National Monument up for vote
The nearby Giant Sequoia National Monument is one of 20 national monuments in the running for the USATODAY’s 10BEST Reader’s Chioce award.
Giant Sequoia is one of two California national monuments in the voting, with the other being Muir Woods National Monument north of San Francisco.
Check out the complete list and vote online at www.10best.com/awards/travel. Voting ends Monday.
Fresno Urban Run
The race starts 8 a.m. Sunday at Chukchansi Park with participants snaking the stadium’s two decks of stairs — an estimated 900 steps. Next, they’ll run up and down the spiral, six-story parking garage on the corner of Inyo and Van Ness along with a 1-mile stretch through Fulton Mall. A new addition to this year’s race is the “Urban Hill,” where runners will go over-and-back the Tuolomne Avenue bridge before the final challenge: a 220-stair climb spanning 10 stories to the top of the Grand Tower building.
Participants can help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, by registering with Make Cures Happen after signing up for the run.
Registration costs $35 per participant. You can sign up online, at the packet pickup 11-3 p.m. Saturday at Fleet Feet Sports (formerly Sierra Running Company) or at 7 a.m. on race day.
Wildflowers on McKenzie Preserve
Botanist John Stebbins will lead a 6-mile round-trip hike to the top of McKenzie Table for a showing of spring flowers. The hike features a 1,000-foot elevation gain. Bring water, snacks or lunch, and a camera. Limited spots; $15 donation for nonmembers.
• Also on Sunday, the conservancy will host a 6-mile round-trip hike to the summit of Tivy Mountain. It includes a 2,000-foot climb to the summit. The hike will start at 8 a.m. and last about 7 hours. Meet in the parking area off Elwood Road.