Siskiyou Scenic Bicycle Tour is back for 2021

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Participants at a previous Siskiyou Scenic Bicycle Tour.

After being called off last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Siskiyou Scenic Bicycle Tour is back in 2021. 

The event, which is the big annual fundraiser for the Yreka Rotary is being held May 1, starting at Upper Greenhorn Park in Yreka. The ride has been around for about 35 years and was previously called the Siskiyou Century. 

There are rides of 101, 87, 67, 40, 21, and 8 miles, said event coordinator and Rotarian Christal Duncan. The event winds through Yreka and the Shasta Valley.

“We've been ready to go for the past year,” Duncan said. “We're excited to have it again this year.” 

Duncan is hopeful to have 250 to 300 riders participate. She said the event attracts people from all over the country, and all profits go to community projects and scholarships for local students, including the Top 100 event for outstanding middle and high school students.

The ride will feature multiple rest stops with food and beverages, sag wagon support, and an end-of-ride meal catered by the Siskiyou Meat Market Caterers, Duncan said. There will also be beer available for sale in the park at the end of the ride. Each rider will receive a fabric event bag with goodies. There will be prizes for various categories. The three longer rides will start at 7 a.m. and the other three will begin at 9 a.m.  

Each group will have mass starts, with a police escort through Yreka.

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Visit the website  www.siskiyouscenic.com for more information, the ride routes, and to register. COVID-19 precautions will be observed. Bicycle events are considered safe by the State of California, even in the purple tier, Yreka Rotary noted.

At the Yreka City Council meeting last Tuesday, the use of Upper Greenhorn Park for the event start was approved unanimously. The approval includes allowing participants to camp at the park. Duncan told the council the event is an excellent way for visitors “to enjoy our beautiful city and county.” 

The consensus of the council was the bike ride is a vital event in Yreka and were pleased to hear it was returning. 

“I’m glad it’s on for this year,” said Yreka Mayor Duane Kegg. “It is so valuable to our community.”