Paskenta - February 7th, 2010 at 8:00am...........

Paskenta Century - Feb. 7th, 2010 at 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 on February 7th, 2010 (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 and is going stronger and bigger than ever. The Paskenta Trophy will be awarded to the winner (currently held by Nor Cal cycling Stud, Jesse Moore). Total accumulated climbing for the ride is approximately 1,700 feet or so....and has a 4-mile dirt/gravel section in it. For a map of the course, please visit:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Paskenta-Century-Road-Race-Course

This FREE and unsupported "assumed risk" ride kicks off the century season on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 7th, 2010. Meet at the One Mile Recreation Area in Chico, California before the 8:00AM starting time to get your map (Ride starts precisely at 8:00AM!). 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, 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 MANDATORY!

More information can be found on this old Velo page here:

http://www.chicovelo.org/paskenta.html

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 and 2009 event can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicovelo/sets/72157613275411470/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicovelo/sets/72157603849304865/

Rodney Cox
R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
Chico, CA
http://www.ChicoBike.com

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