Summer’s arrival signals a packed recreational schedule that starts with the 40th annual Climb to Kaiser on Saturday.
The grueling 155-mile ride from Clovis to Kaiser Pass and back starts at 5:30 a.m., with cyclists taking on a journey with nearly 15,000 feet in elevation gain.
More than 150 cyclists have signed up for the full route, with dozens more riding in the Millerton Metric (71 miles, 3,500 feet in elevation gain) and the Tollhouse Century (95 miles, 7,500 feet).
All rides start at Sierra Intermediate School.
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Mountain madness – Mountain bike enthusiasts will set their sights on next weekend, when China Peak’s Mountain Bike Park opens for the season.
Opening day is July 2, with the park available weekends through Sept. 4.
Full-day tickets (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are available for $14 for riders 12 and younger, $28 for those 13-29, and $35 for those 30 and older. Half-day tickets (after 12:30 p.m.) start at $11.
Mountain bike lessons and rentals are available at an additional cost.
Visit skichinapeak.com and click on “Mountain Biking” under the “Summer” tab.
Boats are back – The High Sierra Regatta returns to Huntington Lake for its 61st edition after a two-year hiatus.
This winter’s rain replenished the lake after extreme drought left water levels too low for the sailboat races, and event organizers have bulked up the two-weekend event.
The regatta is expanding from its usual three races to five (three on Saturday and two Sunday) and will separate its start and finish lines to accommodate more participants.
Weekend 1 will be July 9-10, featuring the centerboard fleets (except Thistle Fleet) and the San Juan 21 class. On July 16-17, keelboat classes (except San Juan 21s) and the Thistle Fleet will compete. Racing will begin at 11 a.m. every day.
Shaver Lake Open – More than 800 water polo players will be on hand July 15-17 for the annual Shaver Lake Open.
Sponsored by HARDCORESPORT, the open-water tournament is said to be the largest in the world, tournament director Tal Cloud said.
The three-day tournament, which started in 2013 at Sequoia Lake before moving to Shaver in 2014, will offer 130 games on four layouts near Nevins Point along the south shore.
Spectators are welcome, with games starting at noon Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 per day.