By Ashlyn Rhodes
The 17th annual Sierra Foothills Mountain Bike Endurance Ride is happening on Saturday, the 23rd. The ride requires a $250 donation and raises money for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Nevada County. Ride founder Rick Kalb says the minimum donation includes a couple well-planned rides, lunch, snacks, and water. The original track is 50 miles long and has a 7 thousand foot climb. Kalb says this year, they’ve added a 25 mile-long loop as well.
The original loop starts out from Pioneer Park and takes the Pioneer Trail all the way up to the city of Washington, where riders break for lunch. From there, bikers follow the South Yuba Trail down to Edward’s Crossing, then make the steep climb back into town. Kalb says this loop is best suited for experienced mountain bikers, since it’s so isolated with a number of steep drop-offs.
The new loop is half as long. It also starts in Pioneer Park and follows the Pioneer Trail, but cuts off onto the new Scotts Flat Trail over to Scotts Flat Lake. Riders then head up to the Five Mile House, ride on the Dash Home Trails, and end in Pioneer Park for a fajita bar lunch.
To learn more about the ride, including getting help raising the rider donation, check out their website.