Paskenta Century (aka - The Unofficial 100-Mile Road Race)..
Just wanted to let you know that if you're hankering for an unofficial 100-mile Road Race/Training Ride, the Paskenta Century will be taking place on February 1, 2009(yes, Super Bowl Sunday) at 8:00am in Chico, CA. Although no longer affiliated with the Chico Velo Cycling Club, the ride still does exist. The Paskenta Trophy will be awarded to the winner(currently held by Taylor Kuphaldt). Total climbing is about 1,000 feet or so.....pretty flat......but has a 4-mile dirt/gravel section in it. Details below:
This free and unsupported "assumed risk" ride kicks off the century season on SuperBowl Sunday, Feb 1st. Meet at the One Mile Recreation Area in Chico, California before the 8:00AM starting time to get your map(Ride starts precisely at 8AM!). 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 is STRONGLY discouraged - but a good place for neutral hand-ups is in Paskenta/nearing Paskenta.
More information can be found here:
Hope to see you here! Should finish with plenty of time to watch the game too - SB doesn't usually start until 3:30ish.
And some photos from the 2008 event can be found here: