The second annual amateur cycling Foothill Century is kicking off the McLane Pacific Cycling Classic weekend on March 5 and 6 in Merced, California. While pro cyclists converge in Merced on the path to international competition, recreational cyclists toting their tandems, trikes, and bikes of all types are invited to enjoy the same sensation.
The Foothill Century is geared toward all skill levels, including three different course lengths and conditions. The 100-mile route welcomes its riders with rolling hills, vineyards, and orchards before a breakfast break at Hilltop Ranch. It then weaves past Turlock Lake to the Don Pedro Dam, overlooking the Tuolomne River Gorge, where all riders can downshift for a snack stop. After refueling, the trail will continue through the old mining town of Merced Falls and on to the final destination in historic Snelling. Total elevation for the 100 mile ride is 3500 feet.
Also on offer is an alternate route totalling 100 km as well as the family favourite, the 13 Mile route. Both beginners and breakneck speeders finish the race seated directly in view of the Downtown Grand Prix races, and will be served plenty of food and drink.
The entry fee for the 100-mile route is $35, and the 100 km ride is $30 if registration is done before February 21. The 13-mile ride is only $20, also registering before February 21. A family of 3 or more on the 13 mile ride pays $40 for the entire family to enter. Late and same day registration is also available for a small additional fee.
More information, directions, and registration are available online at www.mclanepacificcyclingclassic.com