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The R & R"  Series!

The R&R Series is back for its third season in 2018!  We have two goals: 1) introduce fellow WW's to new, smaller, friendly events in unique and beautiful areas of California and 2) lend our support by participating in these community supporting events!  These rides are mostly out away from the busy Bay Area with small town friendly well-organized support and bucolic light traffic roads!  Randall Braun & Ron Dell'Aquila will again be your hosts in 2018. They'll provide support with carpooling, lodging recommendations, use of an enclosed, secure, 10-bike trailer, and lots of local knowledge!  So, if you'd like to experience some truly wonderful new rides, out beyond the Bay Area, but didn’t know where to start – this is your opportunity to go with your WW friends and discover your new favorite ride!

The R&R series begins on February 24th and ends in late October. They’re all conventional pay-to-ride events, with entry fees that vary from $40-$100.  Given their distance from the south bay, most of these rides require an overnight stay, usually a Friday. One or two of them are within a 2 hours drive, if you're willing to get up early on the morning of!  The R&R leaders will ride the event's 100k/65m option, ridden at a moderate/social B/C pace and finish in plenty of time to enjoy the post ride refreshments!  The leader will provide custom route maps/queue sheets with regroups, though riders can go at their own pace and distance, given what exists on that event!

As these are all entry fee events,You are responsible for registering and paying for the events you choose to participate in, as well as reserving and paying for your hotel accommodations. In almost all cases, we will depart the day before early enough (< noon?) to avoid commute traffic.   We'll stay in nearby lodging so the sooner you commit to the event the better the lodging options are.  These events do require a commitment, but in these time tested cases, we believe it's well worth it! 

So if you’ve ever wanted to venture out and enjoy some new well-organized moderately challenging rides in beautiful, low traffic areas all with a great group -- then the R&R Series is for you! 

                                     This is how the R&R series works: 

1) Follow this link to the  Register with R&R!  form.  This will let us know you're interested in the R&R series and we'll keep you posted on important dates and info.   Some events have little or no "pressure" but some will fill very quickly after their reg opens!   The Party Pardee, for example, is now open and will fill quickly

2)  Peruse the individual event descriptions below, listed by date, and see which ones pique your interest!    If you have any questions about an event or the series, you can always contact Randall directly!                Call or text: 415-265-4663  Email:  randall@routearrows.com

3) The link in each description is to that event's website.  This is where you’ll register and pay for that event if you plan to go.  Please register as soon as you can, this helps us plan (carpools, lodging, etc) and it helps the event plan too.  Besides, better safe than miss out! 

4) The chosen lodging options are given in the event listings below and we recommend booking your chosen event's lodging ASAP!  The earlier you book, the greater your lodging choices and you can usually cancel with no penalty later if needed.  Camping is the intended/primary choice for the Fall River Century, (a delightful spot!) and we will provide that information when the date gets closer.  Our goal is to make this process as simple and easy as possible.  The R&R Series will help you organize each trip by giving weather updates and sharing group contacts, whenever possible.  Given the unpredictable nature of the weather, event plans might need to be changed/canceled at the last minute.  But we've done all  these events for the past two years and we've never been rained out on any of them, even when rain was predicted on a few! 

The R&R series/WW Bike Club is not responsible for any un-refunded reservation fees or lost travel  expenses.

The “R&R " Series” 2018 event calendar.

The estimated of driving times use Mountain View (Hwy 101 @ Hwy 85) as the starting point.   Except for the Chico Wildflower and the Delta Century, the R&R Series events (ordered by date) are all on Saturday.

                                                            

2/24/18  BC/.8/65   R&R Series   Pedaling Paths to Independence sponsored by the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. .  Join with your fellow WW riders on this 2018 kick-off R&R Series event! They have a friendly small town charm, very gentle terrain on rural/agricultural roads, a catered finish line meal and it supports a very worthy cause. Two route choices: 25 & 65 mi.  The 65 mi is a counter-clockwise loop in very gentle terrain, a great early season ride.  LODGING:  Motel 6 in Lodi (1140 S Cherokee Lane, Lodi, 95240. (Other options very close by)  Friday dinner in Downtown Lodi at a very nice Brewpub!  Carpools, mtg. times avail on request! Ride loc: Linden is east of Stockton, 95 miles from Mountain View.  Reg NOW OPEN! http://www.pedalingpaths.com   The 2017 event had great "Spring-like" sunny weather, but valley fog is possible.  It's a great (& easy!) early season ride so don't miss the wide open agriculture and lush green hills on this one!  

3/3/18  BC/2.3/60   R&R Series   Kings River Blossom Ride sponsored by the Reedley Lions Club.  The second R&R Series event, the K.R.B.R. is known for gentle, quiet roads through blooming fruit and nut orchards, a pleasant mid-route climb into the rolling pine and oak forested foothills alongside the Kings River west of Kings Canyon NP.   shorter and longer routes are avail.  LODGING: Friday night 3/2 @ Edge Water Inn, Reedley 93654, very near Start/Finish. R&R Mtg Loc.  Dinner: on G St in downtown Reedley 6pm. Ride start: Reedley College Northeast corner lot, 7am for a 7:30 start.  Ride Loc:  Reedley is SE of Fresno, 185 miles from Mountain View.  Reg. NOW OPEN!   http://www.blossombikeride.com/  The 2017 ride was a cool but spectacular day with floral displays of bright pink cherry blossoms and lush wildflower meadows. The delightful mid-route back-road climb and descent of Sand Canyon is amazing!

4/7/18  BC/2.5/64   R&R Series   Party Pardee  sponsored by the Sacramento Bike Hikers.   Join R&R on this, the SBH"S 50th Anniversary year!  The Party Pardee has a 50k and a 100k option, The 100 k is the far better choice as it traverses the rolling hills with views of Camanche Lake, old churches, pine forests and we'll ride across the beautiful Pardee Dam with views east over the deep blue Reservoir before returning to Ione and the a fun BBQ/beer Party  at the finish!  R&R  have designed their own shorter/easier ~75k route option, if anyone needs it.   LODGING:  Motel 6 in Lodi, Friday night, 4/6.  Other econo options in Ione, Lodi, pricey ones in Sutter Creek and Jackson. Carpools, mtg. times,  Ride Loc:  Ione is E of Lodi, 120 miles from Mountain View.  Reg: NOW FULL http://www.bikehikers.com/  As predicted, it did fill up!   FEAR NOT, I have 3 ride tickets, so contact me asap!  There is also a Registration Transfer page on their site, you'll usually get a reg there!  2017’s ride was near perfect with great weather, lush green fields full of wildflowers and expansive vistas east across the Pardee Reservoir and a fun finish with food, beer30+ vendors and live music!

4/21/18  BC/.7/64 R&R Series: Bike Around the Buttes sponsored by a local Children’s Diabetes Support Group.  Three supported routes: 17.5mi, 40mi, 100mi. The R&R will create our own “100k-ish” route option that takes advantage of their route support and also circumnavigates the striking Sutter Buttes, “the World’s Smallest Mountain Range”  but trims off ~35 miles from their 100mi route. These striking Buttes are an ancient volcanic remnant, right in the middle of the Sacramento Valley!  Ride location: Sutter is north of Sacramento, 160 miles from Mountain View. The route has a very small hill early, but most of the clockwise route is through valley agricultural areas, mostly rice and almonds, and pastoral open land! LODGING: The Ramada in Williams, 95987 for Friday night 4/7.  Dinner in Williams at Granzellas. Half hour drive to Start in the am. Reg is NOW OPEN:  http://www.bikearoundthebuttes.com/ This is a truly unique location here in northern CA and if you’ve ever wondered about that craggy mini mountain range up north of Sacramento, east of I-5, here’s your chance to see ‘em up close! 

4/29/18  BC/1.5/62 R&R Series Chico Wildflower sponsored by Chico Velo. Event on SUNDAY. The 5th in our Series, their 37th year, this century is a bit of a departure from the others as it’s a very large event with up to 4,000 riders on 8 routes! Chico Velo has used the same rural routes for many years and its well known for good food, beautiful scenery, gentle and challenging route options and a fun finish line meal & Expo. This is often titled a “Top 10 Century” and Chico is a very fun bike crazy town!  The R&R lodging options include hotels & rooms available in Chico (get it ASAP!) RV & tent camp in the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds (@ Start/Fin). (Reserve camping opt. when you register!)  Ride Location: Chico, 205 miles from Mountain View. Carpools, hotels, mtg. times, etc. TBD. Early reg fee is $75, increasing to $85 on 2/1. The week of fee is "very high!"   Reg is NOW OPEN!www.wildflowercentury.org    

5/6/18  BC/0/62   R&R Series  Delta Century sponsored by the Stockton Bike Club.  Ride is on SUNDAY!  The 6th in the series and their 39th annual!  Though many cyclists think “flat” is a four letter word, the scenery and region are truly unique and beautiful, it’s one of the R&R favorites!   This bucolic ride has its Start/Finish at pastoral Jessie’s Grove Winery and features a very gentle route that travels through the vast Lodi wine region then out into the expansive Delta region to ride atop meandering levees while passing through the sleepy towns of Walnut Grove, Ryde and Courtland.  It crosses two cantilever bridges over the Sacramento River before returning to a nice finish line meal in a shady oak studded meadow at the winery.  Ride Location:   NW of Lodi, 99 miles from Mountain View. This event could be done as an “Over and Back” in one day.  Lodging choice TBD. Carpools, mtg. times, etc.  TBD.   LODGING:  TBD   Ride Loc:   W of Lodi, 99 miles from Mountain View. This could be done as an “Over and Back” in one day.  Century Reg OPEN SOON!  www.stocktonbikeclub.org

5/?/18  BC/2.5/61 R&R Series Anderson Century (CANCELLED IN 2017/ Might return in 2018) sponsored by the Enterprise Lions Club. The highlight of this route, imho, is an amazing stone wall; the extent and craftsmanship of the rancher’s monumental undertaking will totally blow your mind! The first third of this unique route is on gentle Sacramento Valley roads then it swings east into rolling hills with grass, oak and pine and many of miles of very quiet roads alongside miles of this amazing stone wall! The upper, eastern third is through beautifully lush forested areas, with a short climb or two, before a fast smooth descent back down to the finish. LODGING: Gaia Hotel & Spa, 4125 Riverside Place.  (530) 365-7077  it's very close to the Start!  Ride Loc:  Anderson is SE of Redding, 240 miles from Mountain View.   Carpools, mtg. times, etc.  TBD    Reg TBD!:  www.andersoncentury.com   Come on up to northern Ca with your ww's buds and see this beautiful area by bike! 

6/15/18  BC/0.6/62   R&R Series   Tour de Manure sponsored by the Sierraville Volunteer FD.   Reg. & info UNAVAILABLE yet.  Come along with your fellow R&R friends on the 8th event of the series and enjoy the spectacular, wide open Sierra Valley with its very gentle quiet roads and help support this very worthy cause, the Volunteer Fire Department! There are a few rustic hotels and restaurants in the region as well as nearby camping options. The R & R Series overnight lodging: TBD. Beyond the Century, the group will consider an extended weekend trip and ride or hike in the beautiful Gold Lakes area and soak in a nearby Hot Spring. Ride Loc: Sierraville is N of Truckee on Hwy. 89. 244 miles from Mountain View.  Reg open soon:  www.tourdemanure.org/  Lodging: TBD

7/21/18  BC/1.9/63   R&R Series   Fall River Century sponsored by local charities.  A weekend event! The 23nd FRC has four routes available from 25 to 140 miles. For the 9th event in the Series, R&R have fashioned a beautiful and diverse 63 mile route that travels the best route portions, all with beautiful views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen! (maps provided) This century event is a fundraiser for numerous local charities and they provides friendly support for each Rest Stop and it’s an R&R favorite! The Intermountain Fairgrounds with its large shady lawn right at the Start-Finish makes for a delightful 2 night campsite. There are restrooms and showers, and a pre-ride breakfast and post ride dinner (both included) all just a few steps away! Ride Loc:  McArthur is 70 miles E. of Redding on Hwy 299, 320 miles from Mountain View.  Reg NOW OPEN on line and via mail in reg form:   www.fallrivercentury.com

9/8-15/18  BC/2.5?/~60 miles per day. R&R Series  Cycle Oregon!  sponsored by Cycle Oregon. A week-long (with 1 layover day) fully supported camping Tour:  If you’ve ever considered (even for a moment) doing a week-long bike tour, this is the one. Their level of planning, support and connection to the local communities is truly amazing. “C-O” is a self-contained, all-inclusive, fully-supported camping tour with cyclists from all over the world and an army of local volunteers. This tour provides amazing roads, routes and scenery and the meals, beer garden, yoga, mechanics, massage and nightly entertainment are sweet icing on the cake. The 2018 route will be officially announced on 1/31 but it lloks like last years route "The Classic!" (cancelled at the last minute due to massive wildfires)  will be used!  This years stunning route includes: Tumalo State Park, high desert sage, the Amazing Crater Lake, small towns, deep forests, and volcanic mile high McKenzie Pass!  Reg: OPENS 1/31!  Tour Reg/Info link: www.cycleoregon.com/  This years start/finish is in central Oregon, near Bend, so it's a very scenic easy drive for us in CA.  We had over a dozen WW's ride the 2016 tour and they all loved it!  Even though CO generously gave back half the reg fee, the lesson from 2017 was "buy trip insurance!" 

10/6/18  BC/1.7/64   R&R Series   Konocti Challenge sponsored by Lakeport Rotary.  The best example of what the R&R Series is about, this is a true “jewel” and an illustration for how to organize a great community based benefit ride.   All the proceeds go to local charities. The scenic 64 mile route is a clockwise circumnavigation of Clearlake, the largest lake within CA. Each of the rest stops is staffed by volunteers from different local charities that compete for “Rider Favorite” and the winner receives a larger % of funds raised. This century often wins Cycle California’s “Best Metric!” Reg NOW OPEN  www.konoctichallenge.com/    Ride Loc:  Lakeport is NE of Santa Rosa, 165 miles from Mountain View.

10/13/18  BC/0.9/65   R&R Series   Golden Hills Century sponsored by Stanislaus Co Bike Club.  The Next to last R&R Series event of 2018! This is a small event organized by an energetic club on their home turf in the gentle "golden Hills" south of Knights Ferry, out east of Modesto. The route is a big clockwise oval-ish route with the northeastern leg on wide-open Willms Rd a true journey back in time.  There's only one "town" on the entire 100 k route, the berg of Waterford about 3/4's of the way around the loop. Lodging options are found in Oakdale, 110 miles from MV, about 10 miles west of the start location.  We rode this for the 1st time in 2017 and enjoyed it enough to return in 2018!    REG: TBD https://stancobike.wildapricot.org/  Ride Loc: in Knights Ferry, 121 miles from Mountain View.

10/20/18  BC/.7/64   R&R Series   Foxy Fall Century sponsored by Davis Bike Club.  The final R&R Series event of 2018!  This gentle rural event has up to 1500 riders and traces its roots back to the late 60's.  A classic late season wind down!  The counter-clockwise route has well stocked rest stops staffed by DBC volunteers.   Yours truly was the route director and event chair of this event back in the early 80's and it inspired me to author my first bicycle route guide book:  The cyclists Route Atlas, now out of print. Reg:  OPENs June 1st:   http://www.davisbikeclub.org/  Ride Loc:  Davis is west of Sacramento, 95 miles from Mountain View.

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