Go Out and Pedal
By Sandra Lupien
We humans are largely social animals. Of course we need plenty of time to ourselves, but most of us love getting out with our people and making new friends. Participating in group bicycle rides or races is a great way to meet new people, get outside, get exercise, and have a great time. Whether you're looking for a family ride about town, a fundraiser Century (100 mile) ride, or a wild mountain bike race, Sonoma County offers a grand array of opportunities to get out there and pedal together. Here's a l'il roundup of what's coming up in late summer and early Fall.
Want to ride about at a leisurely pace that is inclusive for people of all levels of experience? For the following rides, no fancy bikes or special bike clothes are needed. Just your bike and you. Helmets are required by law for everyone under 18 years of age; we recommend them for everyone.
Daily Acts Ride to "Create Fermented Foods and Brews" Workshop – Saturday, August 13
BikeSonoma is partnering with Daily Acts (www.dailyacts.org) bike with you to this great workshop in Santa Rosa. Leave your car at home and ride with fellow workshop participants who, like you, are excited to learn how to make sauerkraut, kombucha, and mead! Meet-up spots will be determined based on where interested riders live. Riders will depart at about 1:30 p.m. The workshop starts at 3:00. Ride may include stops to pick blackberries. You must sign up for the workshop at www.dailyacts.org (fee applies).
"Ride About Town" from the Northern California Bicycle Expo, Saturday August 20, Santa Rosa City Hall
The Northern California Bicycle Expo is your destination for all things bike including the "Ride About Town." This 10 mile jaunt is a chance for you and your family to rub handlebars with elected officials, community leaders , and your neighbors while enjoying a leisurely pedal around town. BikeSonoma Executive Director, Gary Helfrich, leads the ride, which highlights trails and bike lanes. Bring the kids! Meet at Santa Rosa City Hall in the D Street Parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for a riders-only free continental breakfast provided by Whole Foods Market Coddingtown. Ride departs promptly at 9:00a.m. Afterward, enjoy the Expo, which features bike (used and new) vendors, great exhibits, live music and performance, kids’ activities, food, beer, and more. www.BikeSonoma.org/BikeExpo.html.
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