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Bike Events – Le Tour de Manure and Other California Cash Cows

Published on: February 17, 2012

Photo: Bike riding in California can include a pristine ocean setting show, but most races take place on the country roads and less traveled spots that pass by farms, fields, pastures and even go to mountain tops.

How would you like to participate in a desert race that passes by pastures serving up fragrant doses of springtime fertilizer “au natural”? El Centro’s Le Tour de Manure bicycling event brings it on home on February 25, 2012 with a  race that exhibits imagination, putting a positive spin on farm pastures riders will pass by.

California has dozens of bicycle events to fill the pages of a calendar. Some are for profit ventures and others are fundraisers, or simply designed to have fun in a community atmosphere. The biggest cash cow to California’s economy is the annual Amgen Tour of California bike race coming up May 13 -20, 2012.

And the good news is that they span the state, offering you, your family and friends opportunities to participate. Some are for die-hard riders and others are community events for everyone to participate.  Bicycle riding is a healthy sport that nearly everyone can do, and according to some friends of mine it has an added benefit. McKay & Don met on a Sierra Club bicycle gathering in Southern California and the rest is history. The singles fell in love when their spokes started spinning and they have been happily married for more than 10 years!

CALIFORNIA BIKE EVENTS 2012:
Feb 19-24 California Desert Escape Palm Springs, CA Touring
Feb 20-24 Cycling Camp San Diego – Winter Base Training Camp San Diego, CA Special
Feb 25 Pedaling Paths to Independence Linden, CA Touring
Feb 26-Mar 3 America by Bicycle Winter Oasis Tour Newport Beach, CA Touring
Mar 2-4 NAHBS Sacramento, CA Special
Mar 2-4 Attend Training Camp With Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling Paso Robles, CA, CA
Mar 11 Senorita Century – San Diego Women’s Ride Del Mar, CA Touring
Mar 11 20th Annual Cool Mt Bike Race Cool, CA Mountain
Mar 11 Senorita Century San Diego, CA Touring
Mar 17 St Paddy’s Palomar Punishment Escondido, CA Touring
Mar 19-23 Cycling Camp San Diego – Endurance High Altitude Training Temecula, CA, CA Touring
Mar 24 RUN TO CAMACHO’S CENTURY Santa Ysabel to El Centro, CA Touring
Mar 24 Redlands R.U.F.F. Ride Redlands, CA Touring
Apr 12 Tour de Cure San Diego San Diego, CA Touring
Apr 19-22 22nd Annual Sea Otter Classic Monterey, CA Mountain
Apr 22 EVOLUTION OF MAN BIKE EVENT Santa Barbara , CA Touring
Apr 28 7th Annual Covered Bridge Bike Classic Snelling, CA Touring
Apr 29 Cycle Against Denial Encino, CA Touring
May 6 Delta Century Lodi, CA Special
May 7-11 Cycling Camp San Diego – Endurance / High Altitude Training Palo Alto, CA Touring
May 12 Ride for a Reason Oakland, CA Touring
May 12 Ride for a Reason Oakland, CA Touring
May 19 Anderson Century Anderson, CA Touring
May 19 California Classic Weekend Century Fresno, CA Touring
May 19 San Diego Century Encinitas, CA Touring
May 20 Motherlode Century Lotus, CA Touring
May 25-28 Great Western Bicycle Rally Paso Robles, CA Touring
Jun 3 Sequoia Century Palo alto, CA Touring
Jun 10 Mendocino Monster Century Ukiah, CA Touring
Jun 16 Mile High 100 Chester, CA Special
Jun 16 Best of the Bay Orinda, CA Touring
Jun 23 Country Coast Classic Century Cambria, CA Touring
Jun 23-27 Cycle The Sierra Gold Country to Lake Tahoe, CA Touring
Jun 30 Alta Alpina Challenge: Riding the Wild Sierra Markleeville, CA Touring
Jul 7 Giro Bello Sebastopol, CA Touring
Jul 14 ALS Central Coast Century Avila Beach, CA Touring
Jul 21 Windmill Century Santa Maria, CA Touring
Aug 12 Tour d’Organics Sebastopol, CA Touring
Sep 7-9 Emigrant Trails Bike Trek Petaluma, CA Special
Sep 7-9 Emigrant Trails Bike Trek Petaluma, CA Touring
Sep 7-10 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes: Tour de Tahoe 2012 Lake Tahoe, CA Touring
Sep 8-9 Race Across America Cycling Challenge Northern California Sacramento, CA Touring
Sep 9-13 Climate Ride California 2012 Eureka to San Francisco, CA Special
Sep 9-16 California Coast Classic San Francisco to LA, CA Touring
Sep 22 Tahoe Sierra Century Tahoe City, CA Touring
Sep 29 Lake Almanor Fall Century Chester, CA Touring
Sep 29 Canary Challenge 2012 Palo Alto, CA Touring
Oct 6 22nd Annual Konocti Challenge Lakeport, CA Touring
Oct 13 Colonel Allensworth Century and Funride Allensworth/Tulare County, CA Touring
Oct 27-28 Race Across America Cycling Challenge Southern California Dana Point, CA Touring

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