Monday, September 08, 2008

Trinidad Tour on Saturday

I plan to change my schedule around and do the "Rider's Challenge." Sounds like good fun for a good cause, plus they feed you!

These are advertised as "fun rides," but I'm pretty sure a race will break out, as they always do.

The end of summer is closing in, but local bicyclists have one more Humboldt County event to enjoy – the Trinidad Tour on Saturday, Sept. 13, sponsored by HealthSPORT and Corsetti & Noyce CPAs. This long-running event is a benefit for Project Share, an organization that matches bone marrow donors to patients in need.
The Trinidad Tour offers rides for all abilities. The Easy Family Tour is 20 kilometers. It starts at 10 a.m. at Trinidad School. The route goes to the end of Patrick’s Point Drive and back. Relatively flat, but a bike with multiple gears is recommended.
Riders wanting a longer ride can do the Family Challenge Tour. This 45 kilometer ride (28 miles) starts at 9:30 a.m. From Trinidad School the route rolls our to downtown Trinidad and climbs up Westhaven Drive, joins the U.S. Highway 101 and frontage road to Central Avenue in McKinleyville. Then it’s Dow’s Prairie to Crannell, back onto U.S. Highway 101 to Westhaven Drive, Patrick’s Point Drive and take Old Stagecoach Road back to Trinidad. The longest ride is the Rider’s Challenge at just over 100 kilometers (65+ miles). It starts at 9 a.m. from Trinidad School. Tour Westhaven Drive, U.S. Highway 101 and frontage road, Murray Road towards Fieldbrook to State Route 299; Jane’s Road to Arcata Bottoms; old railroad bridge back towards McKinleyville; onto Dow’s Prairie to Crannell and back onto U.S. Highway 101 to Westhaven Drive, Patrick’s Point Drive and Old Stagecoach Road back to Town Hall.
Entry fee includes snacks and sports drinks at the rest stops, and a spaghetti lunch featuring sauce from Abruzzi. The Easy Family Tour 20K ride is $15 per rider (or $10 per rider for a group of 4 or more), the Family Challenge Tour 45K ride is $20 per rider, and the Rider’s Challenge 100K is $25 per rider. Entry forms are available at local bike shops. Further details and an on-line registration link can be found at For questions call 845-3095.


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