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Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Promotional image (Candice Covello/Contributed)

Did someone say free chocolate? That might have been Epicenter Cycling, which is hosting its inaugural Ladies Night at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28.

The shop, located at 1730 Mission Street in Santa Cruz, will have free chocolate, wine, bike maintenance clinics and bike fittings as part of the event, as well as marked down cycling clothing for the event.

“It is a celebration of woman cyclist, as well as an invitation for ladies new to cycling to get connected in the cycling community,” Candice Covello of Epicenter wrote in an email.

For more information, visit www.epicentercycling.com

Ben Lomond resident Nick Sherrell settled for second place in Brazen Racing’s Coyote Hills Half Marathon at the Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont on Sunday.

Sherrell, 19, finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 2 seconds, about five minutes back of winner Brad Parker of San Jose [1:17:22]. Brian Callejas of Fremont rounded out the top three [1:24:59].

Justine Owen of Kensington won the women’s race [1:31:16].

The next Brazen Racing event is the Bay Breeze event, which includes a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, and 5-kilometer race. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Quarry Lakes.

Magdalena Parker of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz wrote to invite cyclists and others to donate to make this big event successful. It’s coming up Saturday, December 8, at San Jose Convention Center. — By Karen KefauverScreen Shot 2012-12-03 at 11.02.59 PM

Turning Wheels for Kids will host their annual event, “The Big Bike Build,” where hundreds of volunteers will build 2,500 bikes in one day! It will be held at the South Hall of the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose.

Every year the request for bikes exceeds our ability to purchase them, and we hope that you will help us achieve our goal in getting every child in the Bay Area that needs and wants a bike, on one. We would like for you to be a part of this special event by making a donation that can be presented to Turning Wheels for Kids on the day of the Big Bike Build.

Your donation will be used for this and future events. Make checks payable to Turning Wheels for Kids. No donation is too small. $5, $10, $20. Anything will be greatly appreciated. Please direct questions and send all donations to:

Magdalena Parker

126 Ponderosa COURT

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(408) 314-3971   mags126@comcast.net

Turning Wheels for Kids is a registered 501c3 non profit that promotes healthy lifestyles by providing underserved children with a brand new bicycle at the holidays and year round through a number of partnerships focused on preventing childhood obesity and supporting low-income families. Their partnership with the Valley Medical Center Pediatric Lifestyle Clinic helps get kids with obesity related health issues experiencing the fun outdoors as an alternative to video and computer games, TV, and texting.

Tax Deductibility and Tax Identification Number

The value of your contribution will be a tax deductible donation. Turning Wheels tax identification number is 77-0187890.

Thank you for considering a donation to Turning Wheels for Kids. Your contribution will help ensure a successful event and we are happy to share your generosity.  I will bundle your donations with a list of contributors and present them on December 8 on behalf of MBOSC – Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz.

Have a great holiday season!

Magdalena Parker, MBOSC Team Captain for 2012 Big Bike Build

Many local mountain biking enthusiasts, including members of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, are headed to the Kernville Fat Tire Fest, Oct 19-21. It’s home of the Cannell Plunge. Let me know how it goes! 
— Karen Kefauver

It is that time of the year again in lovely *Kernville, California. The leaves are changing, the crowds have dwindled and the mountain biking is at its finest in the Southern Sierras. Mountain & River Adventures is hosting the 21st annual Fat Tire Festival. 2012 marks the 21st year that we have been celebrating mountain biking with guided rides, exciting activities and a Halloween Party not to be missed! Featured is a long weekend of the best trails in California. Be sure to ride the Cannell Trail, 20+ miles of breathtaking views and clean air.

* Kernville is located 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 2667 feet (813 m). The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census, down from 1,736 at the 2000 census.

The 14th Annual Event Offers FREE breakfast for cyclists. That’s one of my favorite parts. Here’s a list of breakfast sites. — Karen Kefauver
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Ecology Action announced the 14th annual Santa Cruz County Fall Bike to Work/Bike to School Day will take place Thursday, October 4.
“It’s time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and ride your bike to work or school,” said Nick Mucha, Ecology Action program specialist. “Fall Bike to Work and School Day continues to provide a fun, safe and inviting event to encourage Santa Cruz residents to ride their bikes to work, to school, to shop, to go out to eat or go to the beach.”
Started in 1988, the Bike to Work/School program is the largest sustainable transportation program in Santa Cruz County. To date over 83,400 participants have bike commuted to school or work through this program.
On Bike to Work Day, there will be 15 public breakfast sites from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, as well as locations in Felton and Scotts Valley, where bike commuters can receive free breakfast, basic bike maintenance, acupuncture and massages. The event will also include 44 schools that will celebrate Bike to School Day and reward theirs students who walk or bike to school. In 2011, over 7,000 people rode their bikes for Bike to Work/School Day, the largest turnout since the inception of Bike Week in 1987.
The fall Bike to Work Day activities provide businesses, commuters and public agencies the opportunity to engage in active, healthy, cost-saving and pollution reducing transportation. Transportation is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions and riding a bike provides a direct, healthy and cheap way to reduce your carbon footprint.
About Bike to Work/School Day
Bike to Work/School Day is coordinated by Ecology Action and is funded by numerous local businesses, public agencies and community groups. Major funding is provided by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, City of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, The Bicycle Trip, City of Watsonville, Fox Racing Shox, Odwalla, Whole Foods, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jamba Juice and UCSC TAPS.
Learn more: www.bike2work.com
About Ecology Action
Ecology Action, a California-based non-profit founded in 1970, is passionately driven to empower individuals, businesses and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action delivers marketing and engagement services statewide to serve consumers, businesses, public utilities, government agencies and community partners through numerous programs, some of which include Energy Upgrade CaliforniaRightLightsLodgingSavers,CasinoGreenEarth Day Santa Cruz and Bike-to-Work.

Can you spot the dude running in a tutu? It’s a quick cameo, so keep an eye out.

 

Organizers of the 23rd Annual Sea Otter Classic are announced the Sea Otter Classic 2013 event dates. Slated for April 18-21, 2013, the event will take place again at Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Organizers will offer 11 different cycling disciplines for professional and amateur athletes. Sea Otter also presents the largest consumer expo in cycling, hosting more than 350 exhibitors featuring nearly 600 active outdoor and cycling brands.

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A four-day “Celebration of Cycling,” Sea Otter Classic is regarded as the world’s largest cycling festival, and features both race and recreational events in mountain biking and road biking, among others.  The events draws nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. The 23rd Annual Sea Otter Classic takes place April 18-21, 2013 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California. For more information, visitwww.seaotterclassic.com or call (800) 218-8411.

— Karen Kefauver 
2013 Sea Otter Classic calendar listings

CYCLOCROSS
4/20 2013 Sea Otter Cyclocross: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey.
‘Cross racers will experience the thrill of starting and finishing on the
Laguna Seca Raceway while thousands of fans cheer them on. The course will
snake through the Sea Otter Expo and Laguna Seca Lakebed area, and will
include off-camber and “kitty litter” sections, a high-speed barrier section
located near the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, and other yet-to-determined
obstacles. For more info, go to http://www.seaotterclassic.com <http://www.seaotterclassic.com&gt;

ROAD BIKE RACES
4/18-21 2013 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey. Road
events: Road racing, Criterium, and Circuit races on Laguna Seca Raceway.
For more info, go to http://www.seaotterclassic.com <http://www.seaotterclassic.com&gt;

MOUNTAIN BIKE RACES
4/18-21 2013 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey.
Mountain Bike events: Cross country, dual slalom, short track, and downhill.
For more info, go to http://www.seaotterclassic.com <http://www.seaotterclassic.com&gt;

GRAN FONDO
4/20 2013 Sea Otter Classic: Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey.
This year’s offerings include a Gran Fondo around Salinas Valley-Carmel
Valley, mountain bike routes. For more info, go to http://www.seaotterclassic.com <http://www.seaotterclassic.com&gt;

OFF THE BIKE
4/18-21 2013 Bike Play Zone, Kids’ Races, and BMX Demos. The traditional Sea
Otter Egg Hunt for the youngest participants will be held on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, April 19-21. For more info, go to
http://www.seaotterclassic.com <http://www.seaotterclassic.com&gt;

FESTIVAL
4/18-21 2013 The Sea Otter Classic hosts the largest consumer bike expo in
North America. More than 300 vendors with new products, free samples, and
great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an
international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and
carnival activities for children. For more info, go to
http://www.seaotterclassic.com <http://www.seaotterclassic.com&gt;

Professional disc golfer and Capitola resident Valarie Jenkins placed second in the PDGA’s World Disc Golf Championships in Charlotte, N.C., missing the international title by just one throw over the weekend.

Jenkins, who also finished second at last year’s worlds, shot a 24-under 404 through the eight-round tournament. She placed behind champion Sarah Hokom [25-under 403] of Caldwell, Idaho, but ahead of third-place finisher Catrina Allen of Phoenix.

“Like the ESPN commercial I keep seeing.. “If losing didn’t hurt so bad, winning wouldn’t feel as good” #1strokefromvictory” Jenkins tweeted later.

Capitola’s Nate Doss, the defending men’s world champ, placed seventh in his division with a 65-under 374 through seven rounds. Only four players make the final round.

Paul McBeth of Clearwater, Fla., became the new world champ with an 83-under 387 through eight rounds. Richard Wysocki of Fort Mill, S.C., was second [392] and Nashville’s Will Schusterick was third [396].

Aptos’ Shasta Criss placed 24th overall with a 43-under 396 and Avery Jenkins, Valarie Jenkins’ brother, tied for 39th with a 37-under 402.

Results in this report are from the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Clips of Faith Beer and Film Festival features Handmade Films and Handmade Beers tonight in Santa Cruz

Clips of Faith film festival is THE place to be tonight, July 20th, 2012, for cyclists in Santa Cruz! — Karen Kefauver

Doors open at 7:30

Films begin at dark
FREE Admission
Free bike valet
100% of proceeds goes towards opening a brand new
Bike Tech classroom at Santa Cruz High School.

Fore more info on the event, go to projectbiketrip.org

THE DEAL:
~We’ll be setting up a giant outdoor movie theater for your fun and enjoyment.
~Bring a blanket or camp chairs to make yourselves comfortable.
~Bring a picnic basket, if you like, with some snacks for the fam.
~All ages welcome.
~No outside alcohol, please – leave the alcohol to the experts…New Belgium Brewing, that is.
~New Belgium Brewing will have beers on tap from their hard to find Lips of Faith series.
~100% of beer and raffle sales will be donated to Project Bike Trip’s Bike Tech Program!
~ADMISSION is FREE!

DATE: Friday, July 20th, 2012

TIME: Doors open at 7:30 – Films begin at dark

PLACE: Wrigley Building parking lot (MAP) (Corner of Western & Mission)

THE FILMS: The selected films include comedic shorts, adventure documentaries, and music animation.

FOOD VENDOR: tbd

COST: Admission is FREE! Food and beer available by cash or check only.

GETTING THERE: High fives to those who ride! Valet bike parking provided by People Power and Green Ways to School.

The Santa Cruz Mountain Challenge rolls out its 14th race in July and there still time to train for it. You’ll need strong legs and lungs to enjoy the experience and the beautiful, but mountainous terrain! Proceeds support the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club. — Karen Kefauver 

EVENT: 14th annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge
DATE: Starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012
LOCATION: Scotts Valley High School 
555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley, CA. 95066
WEBSITE: http://www.santacruzcycling.org/scmc
CONTACT: century2012 @ santacruzcycling.org

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