Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 PASKENTA - this Sunday - Feb. 5th at 8:00AM!

Sunday, February 5th, 2012 - PASKENTA - 8:00AM:

Hi Everyone!! Just wanted to let you know that if you're hankering for an unofficial 100-mile Ride/Road Race/Training Ride, the Paskenta Century will be taking place this Sunday, February 5th, 2012 (yes, Super Bowl Sunday) at 8:00am in Chico, California. Although no longer affiliated with the Chico Velo Cycling Club, the ride still does exist and is going stronger and bigger than ever. The Paskenta Trophy will be awarded to the winner.......currently held by northern California cycling professional, Paul Mach - see photos here:


The ride is 100+ miles in length, with total climbing nearing 1,700 feet........and the ride has a 4-mile dirt/gravel section in it near the little town of Paskenta, California. If the weather is decent, we usually have about 200-300+ riders for this one - if the weather is a bit "off", we'll still get about 100-200 riders out there. For a map of the Paskenta course, please visit the following link:


This FREE and unsupported "assumed risk" ride kicks off the century season on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 5th, 2012. Meet at the One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park in Chico, California before the 8:00AM starting time to get your map (Ride starts precisely at 8:00AM!). Parking & bathrooms at the One Mile Recreation Area. Route heads north to Corning, west to Flournoy & Paskenta, south and east to Newville, Black Butte Lake, Orland, Hamilton City and Chico. Course can be shortened to 80 miles (avoiding the 4 to 5 mile gravel stretch) by taking the Black Butte Cut-Off west of Corning. It can be shortened to 50 miles by returning to Chico from Woodson Bridge-OR-by starting outside of Corning at 9:00AM at the intersection of A-9 and Black Butte Rd, four miles west of Corning. Store MIGHT be open in Flournoy - so stock up before the 30 mile service-free ride to Orland. Support vehicles following the pack are STRONGLY discouraged - but a good place for neutral hand-ups is in Paskenta/nearing Paskenta, prior to the dirt/gravel section. You should be fully self-supported during this ride - bring tubes, patch kit, multi-tool, pump, food, water, cell phone(although coverage is very spotty out that way) and anything else you might need out there!! Helmets are extremely recommended! Hope to see you here! Should finish with plenty of time to watch the game too - the Super Bowl doesn't usually start until 3:30ish.

And some photos from the 2008, 2009 & 2011 event can be found here:

2008 Paskenta photos:

2009 Paskenta photos:

2011 Paskenta photos:


Rodney.........
R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Amateur Cycling Events
Chico, California

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