Gold Country Century hits the road

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Sierra Foothills Cycling Club is hosting its second annual Gold Country Century and Family Bike Festival next month. Join the club Saturday May 12, at the Auburn Recreation Park, for a fun-filled day of riding and events for the entire family. The Gold County Century starts at 7 a.m. in Auburn. From Auburn Recreation Park the 68-mile metric century and 33-mile half metric century traverse the rolling roads of the Sierra Foothills. The ride will feature spring wildflowers, vineyards and green meadows, as cyclists ride through California?s Gold Country. The rides end at Auburn?s Recreation Park, where there will be raffle prizes, music from the Republicrats, drinks and a BBQ lunch. Proceeds from the BBQ lunch benefit the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund. The metric and hallf Metric Century cost $45 and $35 prior to May 1 and $55 and $45 after May 1. The BBQ post-ride lunch is included. Starting at 9:30 a. m. a free Kid?s Bike Safety Check is performed by certified mechanics from Auburn?s bike shops. Twenty free helmets will be given away on a first come, first served basis. For the entire family, a 3-mile bike ride over the streets of Old Town Auburn starts at 11 a.m. Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn will lead the ride. Rolling street closures ensure a safe ride. Medals are given to each participant compliments of Maki Heating and Air. Cost is $10 per entrant or $25 per family. The BBQ lunch is not included in the entry fee. For the younger kids there is a free half-mile trike/small bike ride over the paved trail in the park. This event starts at 12:45 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Auburn Recreation District Youth Sports Programs and The Boys and Girls Club Sports, Fitness and Recreation Programs. For more information or to register for the Gold County Century or the 3-mile Family Fun Ride go to