A weekend of Mt. Shasta cycling challenges
Two cycling events roll into Mount Shasta this coming weekend.
Registration is open for Sunday's 2012 Mount Shasta Summit Century, dubbed "The prettiest, hardest century rides in the West."
Challenging climbs, spectacular scenery, rural roads that are relatively lightly trafficked, and friendly volunteers are a few of Summit Century's qualities that make it popular with riders from near and far.
Some riders come to town a day early so they can also do the Mount Shasta Hill Climb on Saturday, Aug. 4, a timed ride from downtown Mount Shasta to the Old Ski Bowl.
Organized by the local non-profit Mount Shasta Pedali cycling group, the Hill Climb route is also a small part of the Summit Century, which offers a maximum 16,500 vertical feet of climbing over the course of 139 miles. Shorter rides of 100, 60 and 30 miles are also offered by the organizing group, Mountain Wheelers.
The 139 mile Super Century is described at shastasummitcentury.com as being "tougher than the Markleeville Death Ride – but a lot prettier, and a better first ride for those who are new to hilly, mega-century rides."
And the event's cloverleaf route means riders are never more than a downhill away from the finish.
The Summit Century route offers 10,500 feet of climbing "for those ready to move beyond standard centuries."
The Metric Century is moderately hilly – only 4,200 feet of climbing in 58 miles. It boasts "all the views at less than half the suffering."
The Half Metric is said be "great for families, novices or folks who'd rather enjoy the views than wrestle with gravity (it's only 30 miles and 2100 feet of climbing)."
Saturday's Hill Climb features awards for the fastest male and female finishers, ribbons for age group winners, and a raffle drawing for prizes at the end.
But it's not billed as a race as much as a way to test yourself on a 14 mile uphill road.
Registration is from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. in the Fifth Season parking lot.
The event will start at 9 a.m. at Lake and Chestnut.
Entry fee is $20.
See the website www.mountshastapedali.com
The Hill Climb begins with a mass start. All traffic rules are enforced, including centerline rule. Transport of clothes to top available – bring a bag with your name on it.
Hill Climb sponsors are General Produce, The Fifth Season, Palfini Financial, Berryvale Grocery, Alpine Construction & Solar, Tri Counties Bank, Scott Valley Bank.