What a ride

Celebrating 35 years of the Chico Wildflower Century

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It’s not a race. That’s part of the beauty of the Chico Velo Cycling Club’s Wildflower Century—all types of people hop on bikes of all kinds and just ride together. Of course, there’s also the scenery, the food at the rest stops and the beer afterward. Let’s not forget all that.

Since its first year in 1981, the nearly 100-mile ride has become a phenomenon, drawing people from around the state and, in some cases, the country, for an all-day tour of Butte County. Over the years, as the Wildflower has grown, it’s changed starting points and added alternative routes, from the 12-mile, kid-friendly Childflower to the ultra-challenging Wildcat 125. Now, more than 4,000 people sign up each year.

For the CN&R’s annual Bike Issue, we’ve dedicated the cover package to the Wildflower’s 35th anniversary. Inside, you’ll read about a married couple who’ve ridden every Wildflower, a local guy who climbed up to Stirling City on a fixed-gear bicycle during last year’s Wildcat 100, and a timeline of the ride’s history. You’ll also find bike-related features in other sections throughout the paper.

We hope these stories pique your interest and get you pumped for this year’s Wildflower on Sunday, April 24. Keep riding!