The 5th annual McCloud Bike-toberfest will be Saturday, September 24th. Offering supported rides for both mountain and road bicycles, event organizers predict that the 5th will be the best yet. The rides are designed to give participants a good taste of the historic town and surrounding Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
“The format – rides in the morning, downtown festival and cyclo-cross in the afternoon – remains the same, “event organizer Claudette Silvera explained. “We’ve added a kids’ zone this year and are inviting bicycle-related vendors to set up booths. Cyclo-cross races (four levels) will challenge participants and thrill spectators.”
The McCloud Dam Road Bike Ride, a 30 mile (2-3 hrs.) ride is rated moderate to difficult. The hilly ride takes you through meadows, aspens, and the return has a spectacular view of Mt Shasta. McCloud Scenic Road Bike Short Ride, 12.5 miles (1-2 hrs.), rated easy to moderate follows the longer ride route, with a turnaround at Friday’s resort.
The Great Shasta Marathon Mountain Bike Ride, a 30 mile ride (4 hrs.) is rated moderate to difficult. It begins at Algoma Campsite on single track McCloud River Trail, then connects to the Great Shasta Rail Trail, returning to Main Street, McCloud. McCloud Mountain Bike Short Ride covers 12 miles (1-2 hrs.), rated easy to moderate, beginning Main Street, continuing through the Old Mill property, and onto the Great Shasta Rail Trail.
Asked what they liked about the event, last year’s participants were happy to share with quotes like: “beautiful ride, scenery, just enough climbing, and good rest stops,” “friendly people, sweet single track,” “being with other riders,” “nice people and atmosphere,” and “street faire/local food and music.”
Bicyclists are invited to go to RacePlanner.com and sign up to ride. https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/McCloud-2016-Bike-toberfest
The McCloud Chamber of Commerce and the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association expressed gratitude to event sponsors. This year’s gold sponsor, the McCloud Hotel, and silver sponsors Black Fox Timber Management Group, Dunsmuir Brewery Works, McCloud Guest House, McCloud Outdoors and Gear Exchange, McCloud River Inn, McCloud River Mercantile Hotel, The Fifth Season, and White Mountain Café are essential parts of the event, which benefits the Great Shasta Rail Trail.
Vendor applications and more information about McCloud Bike-toberfest is available at www.mccloudchamber.com/events or by calling 530 964-3113.