Take another spin
May is Bike Month officially came to an end last week. More than 1.7 million miles were logged, many calories were burned, and—for those who cycled quite a bit—intense suntans were etched onto scrawny forearms. But for those who are not quite ready to shun their bikes back into the garage whence it came, don’t fret: A few cool bike rides are schedule for this month. Grab a helmet, slip that spandex back on and slather yourself in sunscreen for the following events.
The Rex Ride
This 60-mile ride, sponsored by local bicycle builder Steve Rex and wife Peggy, happens annually and benefits the American River Parkway Foundation. The ride kicks off at William Pond Recreation Area before heading west to Discovery Park, then heading east all the way to the Hazel Avenue entrance to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, and then returning to the William Pond Recreation Area. There will be a meal and live music at the finish line. Advance registration is required, and it costs $75. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, at 5700 Arden Way. For more information, visit http://arpf.org/rex.shtml.
Sacramento Cyclefest Bicycle Show
If you’re more of a fan of tweed jackets and fixies than spandex and aerobars, check out this two-day festival happening in Midtown and Curtis Park. On Saturday, June 8, at 4 p.m. participate in a free bike cruise through Sacramento, which starts at Suzie Burger (2820 P Street) and ends with a bike show and barbecue. Participants are encouraged to bring a toy for charity. On Sunday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cyclefest continues with a swap meet at The Hideaway Bar & Grill (2565 Franklin Boulevard), where there will be music by Sacramento SwingTime. Visit http://tinyurl.com/saccyclefest for more information.
Livestrong Challenge Davis
Regardless of how you feel about Lance Armstrong’s cycling career, no one can argue that he hasn’t provided support for people affected by cancer. The Livestrong Challenge visits Davis on Sunday, June 23, for a ride that raises funds and awareness for the Armstrong-founded Livestrong Foundation as well as local cancer-related organizations. The ride will start and end at Davis Central Park (401 C Street in Davis), and cyclists can opt to tackle anywhere from zero to 100 miles. Registration costs $50, and riders are required to raise at least $250 to ride. Find out more at http://laf.livestrong.org/davischallenge2013.