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Tour de Ed
Tour de Ed
8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
The second annual Tour de Ed is on its way. The ride honors Ed McLaughlin and is a fundraiser ride for the nonprofit Chico Cyclists Care Fund, to help fund medical or related expenses that go beyond what an injured cyclist can afford to pay.
The ride is the old Almond Blossom ride and takes you on a pleasant 20 or so mile ride on quiet country roads through the almond orchards when the trees are in full bloom.
The ride starts at the Chico City Hall Parking Lot (on 5th Street between Main and Wall St.) in Downtown Chico and will have a police escort out of town to those quiet country roads. It's an awesome sight to see an endless stretch of cyclists all the way down 5th St from Downtown nearly to Hwy 32.
Registration opens the morning of the ride at 8AM with the ride starting at 10AM sharp.
Come downtown, register before the crowds hit, then go find a nice place downtown to have breakfast, maybe wander through the Farmer's Market two blocks over, or grab a cup of coffee from one of several excellent coffee shops within four blocks of the start.
Helmets are required for safety, so if you want to pick up a helmet, or get that flat tire repaired so you can join the ride, there are several established bike shops within easy walking distance from the Chico City Hall.
The ride heads west out of Chico, then south through the orchards to Durham, where there will be a rest stop stocked with all the goodies Chico Velo is famous for. After Durham, the ride turns north on Jones Ave. where it connects with the Midway Bike Path and back to town.
For those not wanting to tackle 20 miles, or if you want to bring your small cyclists with you, we'll also have a 6 mile loop in Lower Bidwell Park you can do with the kids.
You can download a registration form HERE
You can download a map of the ride HERE
For more information contact Chico Velo at 343-8356 or visit www.chicovelo.org.