The only ride in the state that shuts down three lanes of freeway for cyclists is almost here.
The California Classic Century ride is set for at 7 a.m. Saturday and has already drawn more than 1,500 riders, 60% of whom are from out of town, race director Mike Herman said.
The draw is the 10-mile section of closed freeway on Highway 168 eastbound from McKinley to Shepherd avenues. The race starts at the corner of Inyo and H streets outside downtown Fresno’s Chukchansi Park’ cyclists will take city streets to the McKinley Avenue on-ramp and ride the eastbound lanes to Shepherd Avenue.
From there, riders will continue on one of three courses — 35, 60 or 100 miles — before finishing back at the stadium. Seven rest stops along with 10 SAG vehicles will help out riders throughout the course.
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After the race, participants will receive a goody bag, finisher’s medal, and free massages at the BBQ luncheon inside the stadium’s beer garden.
Online registration is available through Thursday with packet pick-up and on-site registration available 1-7 p.m. Friday at Sports Authority in River Park.
There is no race-day registration. The cost is $70 for the mini-metric (30 miles) and $75 for both the metric (60 miles) and century (100 miles) rides.
Eastbound Highway 168 will be closed to motorists from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. from McKinley to Shepherd avenues.
Clovis hiker starts Sierra Mapping Project
Imagine a website where you can find thousands of miles of nearby trails complete with the latest weather conditions, water reports and elevation profiles all for free.
That’s the vision of Clovis hiker Sara Fry, the founder and mapper of the Sierra Mapping Project. The project is a 5-year mapping venture to GPS track and record current conditions of every trail in the High Sierra, spanning 22 wilderness areas.
The goal is to alleviate the congestion of the popular Pacific Crest and John Muir trails.
Fry — who has more than 10,000 miles under her feet, including the PCT and Continental Divide Trail — will begin mapping trails next week. She also started an online fundraiser to help cover operational costs.
For information on the project and how to donate, visit www.sierramappingproject.org.
Bass Lake Tri back for fifth year
The fifth annual Bass Lake Classic Triathlon is quickly approaching. Set for May 30, the triathlon is gearing to be the biggest yet, surpassing last year when nearly 500 athletes participated.
Two options are available: The Olympic triathlon (1,500-meter swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run) and the Sprint Triathlon (500-meter swim, 20K ride and 5K run).
There also will be a 5K Poker & Go Fish Run/Walk fundraiser for adults and kids. Proceeds will benefit the Yosemite High scholarship fund and athletic programs.
Tower Beer Run
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Tower District
If beer is more your thing, the second annual Tower Beer Run is the event for you. The second-year race sponsored by Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company starts at 1 p.m. from the Tower Theater foyer and goes until 5 p.m.
To participate, simply arrive by noon to pick up a race packet and beer sampling glass for a $2 donation. From there, participants can sample a variety of beers for $1 apiece at participating Tower District bars and retailers. Official race bibs and packets will be given to the first 500 runners.