Friday, March 6, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Saturday’s Road Ride kicks off in Lotus

Bridge Riders

RIDERS cross the Mosquito Bridge in last year's Motherlode Century Road Ride. Courtesy photo

 

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6:30 – 9:00 am

Highway 193, Cool to Greenwood Rd

7:00 – 10:00 am

Greenwood Rd, from Highway 193 to  Marshall Road

7:45 – 10:30 am

Marshall Grade (28 Mile Riders only)

9:45 – 11:00 am

Garden Valley Rd & Hiway 193, from Garden Valley to Rock Creek Rd

8:15 – 11:00 am

Rock Creek Rd, from Highway 193 to Finnon Resevoir

9:05 – 12:10 pm

Rock Creek & Mosquito Rds, from Finnon Resevoir to Placerville

10:05 – 12:50 pm

Main St Placerville, from Clay St to Highway 49

10:40am  – 1:25pm

Highway 49, from Highway 50 to Gold Hill Rd

11:10am  – 1:35pm

Gold Hill Rd, from Highway 49 to Lotus Rd

11:30 am – 2:05 pm

Lotus Road, from Gold Hill Rd to Hwy 49 (64 mile riders only)

11:40am  – 2:45pm

Luneman & Jurgens Rds, from Lotus Rd to Deer Valley Rd

11:40am – 3:00pm

Deer Valley & Starbuck Rds, to Green Valley Rd from Jurgens

11:50am – 3:30

Green Valley Rd & Malcolm Dixon Rd, from Starbucks Rd

12:00 – 4:00pm

Salmon Falls Rd, from Malcolm Dixon to Pedro Hill Rd

12:30 – 5:15 pm

Highway 49, from Pedro Hill Rd to Lotus

1:00 – 5:30

Prospector & Marshall Grade (optional loop, only the diehards)

2:00 – 5:45pm

 

Rolling through ranch, forest, farms, and vineyards, the Motherlode Century Road Ride, happening this Saturday, guides riders through some of Northern California’s most beautiful landscapes. Beginning in the gold rush town of Lotus, CA this road bicycle ride travels a clockwise route through historic communities enjoying the spring weather of the foothills as colors abound from the flashy show of poppies, lupine, Indian Paintbrush and the blaze of Scotch Broom.

This ride offers a route for most fitness levels. The Gold Dust loop is a 28-mile introduction to this part of the county with a fine panoramic view of the valley. The Gold Nugget 64-mile and Motherlode 94-mile routes add a sublime canyon with some challenging climbs, awe-inspiring scenery and a cruise down Main Street in historic Placerville. For those that need a little more, the Prospector grade loop adds another seven miles and 1,400 feet of climbing.

Aid stations en route keep you well-fueled in the morning with mountains of fresh fruit, pumpkin bread, muffins, and more. As the day progresses, riders enjoy rosemary garlic roasted potatoes, submarine sandwiches, salty snacks, and ice cold beverages.

Beyond the scenic beauty is a range of engineering marvels from the historic Mosquito Bridge originally built in 1852, to modern day hydro-electric facilities. Another unique feature of the 94-mile tour is the crossing of Weber Creek. The bold riders charge straight across, while the cautious let the bike valet carry their equipment, as they cool their feet in the placid stream.

Despite several challenging climbs, riders experience a real sense of relaxation in pedalling through the verdant landscape. The SAG vehicle staff following provides mechanical, medical and communications support. At the finish all riders will enjoy a delicious riverside dinner with two live musical acts. Our not for profit partners will be selling fine local wines, and microbrews as a fundraiser and the party continues with more live music at local cafe’s.

Beyond the outstanding road biking there is also an abundance of great mountain biking, hiking, rafting, historical sites at the Gold Discovery State Park, wineries, micro-breweries and more.

Lodging is affordable with $10 camping, tent cabins, cabins or RV spaces all in comfortable riverside camps. Discounts at historic hotels and whitewater rafting trips are also offered to riders, family, and friends.

For information visit motherlodecentury.com.

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