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Welcome to our website and cycling club. Club membership is open to all! Whether you're a racer, recreation rider, or just starting out, the Sierra Foothills Cycling Club wants you! Get to know more about our club in our FAQ, or drop us a line from our contacts list.

Our Mission

Our club's mission is to share our passion for bicycle riding through organized events, including a variety of weekly rides designed for both novice and experienced bicyclists of all ages.

Our Rides

Our group bike rides traverse the beautiful foothills of the Sierras in and around the city of Auburn. For more information about our rides visit: ride info. Or, to see what rides our club currently offers, check out our ride calendar. Join us to explore the area while having fun, getting fit, and meeting fellow cyclists.

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Thursday Rides Thu, Apr 27, 8:30am
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Where: Meadow Vista Park, 1101 Meadow Vista Rd, Meadow Vista, CA 95722, USA (map)

No drop, casual paced rides with multiple regroups. Because of our foothill setting the rides are rolling to hilly, and have between 1000 to 2000 ft of climbing in each ride. If you've been riding in the flats and want to experience the foothills, this will be a good ride to join. Because of the climbing, I do not consider these beginner rides. We meet afterward for coffee and chatter.

Ron Davidson
530-878-0184

Fast Friday Fri, Apr 28, 9:00am
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Where: (map)

Fast Friday Training Ride
When: Every Friday in April at 9:00
Distance: 25-30 miles - training pace, few and short regroups
Climbing: 900'-1,300' - rolling hills and flats typical
Level: This is a ride for people who are comfortable riding on the road with traffic
Goal: Riding at high speeds cooperatively in a paceline.
Pace: Average speed for full ride (including stops, climbs, etc) is usually 18-20mph.
Ride Leader: Dave/Lezley
An email announcement will be sent out to members each week with route and ride specifics.

Spintacular Saturday Sat, Apr 29, 8:30am
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Where: The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, CA 95650, USA (map)

Nice varied pace through the streets of Loomis, Granite Bay and Newcastle ranging from 18 to 25 miles. Moderate rolling hills and nice pavement. The group usually breaks into two with a faster pace and a slightly more relaxed pace. Coffee and conversation immediately follows.

Dave Hayes

Loomis Lincoln 40 Sun, Apr 30, 8:30am
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Where: The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, CA 95650, USA (map)

An easier ride to Lincoln meandering through the foothills to save the legs for May.
Distance: 39 miles
Climbing: 1880 feet
-RideWithGPS Route
Route sheets and sweep provided

Wig and Laura Sy
wiglaura@yahoo.com

Cycling 102 Sun, Apr 30, 9:00am
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Where: The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, CA 95650, USA (map)

Spring has sprung … finally, and there will be a 102 ride Sunday at 9:00 a.m. starting at the Flower Farm in Loomis (Cor. of Auburn-Folsom and Horseshoe Bar Roads).

This is a frequent re-group ride with no one left behind and a short but important safety meeting before we hit the road.

It’s a great ride for new folks, slow(er) folks, and introducing friends to the SFCC. The ride will be approximately 16.5 miles with very little climbing (about 650 ft), so come on out and smell the roses, especially if you haven’t been astride your self-propelled beast in a while because of the intense winter we’ve had.

Hope to see you there,
Ed

MIBM Kickoff Ride Mon, May 1, 8:30am
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Where: The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, CA 95650, USA (map)

Ride Name: MIBM Kick-Off Ride
Date: 5/1/17
Time: 8:30am
Where: 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd (Flower Farm), Loomis, CA 95650, CA

- Terrain: rolling Pace: casual
- Long Ride: 24 miles 1100 ft. climbing
- Medium Ride: 21 miles 800 ft. climbing
- Ride With GPS Route # 20098069

Fairly flat ride out to Doton's Point (Folsom Lake State Park). Long ride tours Sterling Pointe area.

Kathy Welch 530-906-5571
ultrakathy@sbcglobal.net

Larry's Loop - Tuesday Ride Tue, May 2, 8:30am
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Where: (Newcastle Park & Ride - across from Flyers Gas Station) Newcastle Road and Indian Hill Road (map)

Casual to moderate pace to allow people to ride the pace they are comfortable with. Ride leaders will sweep course. Several regroups along the route. 18 to 25 miles with a bit of climbing. Coffee and conversation afterwards.

Larry Merlo 916-663-1512
larry_merlo@yahoo.com

Wednesday Rides Wed, May 3, 8:30am
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Where: Meadow Vista Park, 1101 Meadow Vista Rd, Meadow Vista, CA 95722, USA (map)

- 30 - 40 miles - Moderate pace, hilly - Frequent regroups during the ride Come join us for a romp thru the foothills starting from Meadow Vista Park. Rides can vary from climbs to Colfax to the rolling hills around Newcastle & Auburn.

Keith Hallsten

Thursday Rides Thu, May 4, 8:30am
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Where: Meadow Vista Park, 1101 Meadow Vista Rd, Meadow Vista, CA 95722, USA (map)

No drop, casual paced rides with multiple regroups. Because of our foothill setting the rides are rolling to hilly, and have between 1000 to 2000 ft of climbing in each ride. If you've been riding in the flats and want to experience the foothills, this will be a good ride to join. Because of the climbing, I do not consider these beginner rides. We meet afterward for coffee and chatter.

Ron Davidson
530-878-0184

Fast Friday Fri, May 5, 8:30am
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Where: The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, CA 95650, USA (map)

This is designated as a Training Ride: brisk pace, no sweep, regroups not planned but we usually have one or two very brief ones; the intended purpose of the ride is working together to save energy pacelining at high speeds, without breaks, to keep up our heart rates.
We can have a B group if there is interest at ride time.
Expected average speed: A group 18+ and the B group 16 +/- mph. NOTE this is ride AVERAGE including stops and hills.
Coffee and Conversation to follow.

Ray Jarman

Spintacular Saturday Sat, May 6, 8:30am
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Where: The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, CA 95650, USA (map)

Nice varied pace through the streets of Loomis, Granite Bay and Newcastle ranging from 18 to 25 miles. Moderate rolling hills and nice pavement. The group usually breaks into two with a faster pace and a slightly more relaxed pace. Coffee and conversation immediately follows.

Jan and Paul Jacobsen

Barbara Crowell Memorial Ride Sun, May 7, 8:00am
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Where: Meadow Vista Park, 1101 Meadow Vista Rd, Meadow Vista, CA 95722, United States (map)

Barbara Lane Crowell Memorial Bike Ride
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Meadow Vista Park, Meadow Vista

Come join in a memorial ride in memory of Barbara Lane Crowell who was killed while riding in 2014. There are two rides:

Start times and routes:
Long ride - 8:00: - Ride With GPS Route # 12952393

Short Ride - 9:30: - Ride With GPS Route # 12602834

BBQ Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks provided after the ride. Donations for lunch will be accepted and given to Placer County Search and Rescue. Donation will be matched by our club up to $250. Please do not bring any drinks in glass containers.

Ray's Romp - Tuesday Ride Tue, May 9, 8:30am
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Where: (Newcastle Park & Ride - across from Flyers Gas Station) Newcastle Road and Indian Hill Road (map)

Casual to moderate pace to allow people to ride the pace they are comfortable with. Ride leaders will sweep course. Several regroups along the route. 18 to 25 miles with a bit of climbing. Coffee and conversation afterwards.

Ray Jarman 916-765-8177
rjarman@surewest.net

Iowa Hill/Bear River Wed, May 10, 8:30am
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Where: Meadow Vista Park, 1101 Meadow Vista Rd, Meadow Vista, CA 95722, USA (map)

Ride Name: Iowa Hill/Bear River
Date: 5/10/2017
Time: 8:30am
Where: Meadow Vista Park, Meadow Vista, CA, CA

- Terrain: hilly Pace: moderate
- Long Ride: 34 miles 3850 ft. climbing
- Medium Ride: 30 miles 3450 ft. climbing
- Ride With GPS Route # 20660820

Basic Iowa Hill/Bear River route with a couple of changes. We'll do backroads from the top of the Iowa Hill climb to town, and we'll return to Canyon Way after the Bear River climb so we can descend Weimar Cross. Short route skips that.

Kathy Welch 530-906-5571
ultrakathy@sbcglobal.net

Which one of the following is definitely NOT a road cycling myth?
Wearing a helmet makes your head hotter than if you didn't wear one.
You can ruin your tires if you ship your bike on an airplane without removing the air.
You can break a bike lock with liquefied gas and a hammer.
It takes less effort to ride a bike with thin (23mm) tires vs. thicker (25mm) tires.
You're more likely to have a fatal accident per hour of cycling vs. driving a vehicle.
Tires with a tread will perform better on wet roads vs. bald tires.
Steel frames go "dead" after prolonged use.
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Sunday

Cycling School

Where: Various - check calendar
When: Sundays - check calendar

The Cycling Education Committee(CEC) offers a series of rides on Sundays to promote cycling knowledge, skills and safety.  These are "no-drop" rides especially intended for riders wishing to learn about cycling as well as wanting to develop their cycling skills and fitness.  They are social rides, generally at the pace of the slowest rider, and have a "sweep" so no one gets dropped. Routes are usually in the range of 15 to 20 miles and not too hilly. All have a short pre-ride clinic about cycling. The names of these rides and ride leaders are:

Cycling 100: Ted Herr
Cycling 101: Rudy Dressendorfer
Cycling 102: Ed O'Connell

Please check the calendar for dates and details.

Please RSVP by sending an Email to: ride101@sfcyclists.org
and indicate which ride you plan to attend.

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Hikers Wanted

Many SFCC'ers have signed up to join the Sierra Foothills Hiking Group for added cross training, fitness, and fun. This newly formed group invites anyone who enjoys group hiking along the many great trails in the Auburn area. You do not have to be an SFCC member to join.

The hikes are in the 3 - 7 mile range and typically take place in the afternoon (after morning bike rides). Hike announcements are made via an email group and private Facebook page. If you would like to be added to one or both, please contact Kathy Welch at hikers@sfcyclists.org.

Hiking Group

 


A Special Thanks to our Supporters

A-Town Bikes Bicycle Emporium Calstar
Victory Velo Auburn Bike Company Longhorn Meat Company

mibm kickoff

Where: The Flower Farm (map)

When: Monday, May 1st, 8:30 am

Kathy Welch is leading a May Is Bike Month kick-off ride at the Flower Farm Cafe & Nursery on Auburn Folsom Rd.
This is an all-club ride, the pace is casual.  Everyone is encouraged to come ride…the distances are 20.8 and 23.8 miles.  The shorter ride skips the climb into and the tour of Sterling Pointe towards the end of the ride.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20098069

Afterwards, there will be a couple of laptops available to log your miles and earn a badge!  If you are a slacker and have not even registered for MIBM, you can do that first, then log your miles and earn a badge!  Of course there will be calories, caffeine, and conversation to round out your post-ride experience.


Memorial Ride

Barbara Lane Crowell

Memorial Ride

Where: Meadow Vista Park (map)

When: Sunday, May 7th
Long ride - 8:00 am
Short Ride - 9:30 am
Potluck and BBQ:  12:00-1:30 p.m.

Please join us for our third annual remembrance ride for Barbara Crowell, an SFCC avid cyclist who was tragically killed riding near the Foresthill Bridge. This year we will be collecting donations for Placer County Search and Rescue in memory of Barbara. The club will match your donation up to $250! As always, guests are welcome; please sign in and sign a waiver before the ride.

What to bring? An appetizer (last name A-I), salad (J-R), or dessert (S-Z). The club will supply the sodas, water, hamburgers, hotdogs, and fixins. Search and Rescue members will grill the ‘dogs and burgers!
Please note: No alcohol or glass containers are allowed at the park under the terms of our permit.

Please RSVP to Katherine Thompson at vp@sfcyclists.org by May 4th and specify hamburger, hotdog, or veggie burger so we have the right amount of food and drinks.

Donations to Placer County Search and Rescue, in memory of Barbara, can be made at the event or mailed to SFCC, P.O. Box 3124, Auburn, CA , 95604. Please make your check out to Placer County Search and Rescue. Checks or cash will be accepted at the event.

Placer County Search and Rescue is a registered non-profit made up of volunteers. It relies solely on donations and support from the community for its continued operations. Your generous contributions will go toward items such as equipment, maintenance, training, and support that allow SAR to be an invaluable service to the community.

Long Route -  42 miles, 3520 ft. of climbing - RideWithGPS# 12952393
Short Route - 22 miles, 1790 ft. of climbing - RideWithGPS# 12602834


Festival of Lights

When: Friday, June 23rd   to  Tuesday, June 27th (4 nights)

Members...Summer Camp will be in Mt. Shasta City this coming year! We will be based at the Mt. Shasta KOA The facility has RV camping (both full hookups and water/elec sites), tent camping, and kamping kabins. The closest motel to the KOA (2 blocks away) is the Cold Creek Inn.

Plan on three days of cycling and at least one hike. Our cycling routes will be mostly the Mt. Shasta Super Century 135 miler spread across three days. This is the McCloud River Falls Trail hike.

I will be working on the routes in the coming weeks, and although the super century is quite 'hilly', I will do my best to find appropriate routes for those of you who prefer flatter terrain.

And of course there is much more to do in Mt. Shasta than ride a bike, and I'll also be detailing some of those activities in future emails.

Mark your calendars, make your reservations, and stay tuned!

Kathy Welch, Summer Camp Coordinator SFCC

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Jersey Kit

The Voler ordering web is site set to go: http://www.voler.com/custom/ordering/li/16367 You can order your your SFCC Jersey, shorts, etc. from this site and it will be delivered to your home. We are not waiting for a specific date for batch orders.

Please direct questions about the jersey or other club merchandise to Ken Wilson (merchandise@sfcyclists.org).

Click here for larger pics of the jersey and shorts.