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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

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

In an effort to reach out to farmworkers, youth, homeless and anyone else who may be in need of a used bicycle, the Watsonville Bike Shack will host a Big Bike Sale on Saturday, October 13,  from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Keep reading for details. — Karen Kefauver

The event will also feature a “Tianguis Graits” (free market) where farmworkers and homeless can take home up to six items of clothing, household items, etc. free of charge. A turquoise Fuji road bike will be raffled off: $5 per ticket. All of the proceeds from this event support the Bike Shack program.

The Watsonville Bike Shack is 100% community driven and sustained.

About the Watsonville Bike Shack

Bike Shack’s normal operating hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays at the Farmers’ Market. We also offer service hours to youth who want to learn more about bike maintenance and repair, and to work in exchange for a bike, or get credit for high school graduation or community hours towards probation. At the Bike Shack, youth learn useful skills, focusing their energy on something creative and productive, and get mentoring from lead mechanics who share similar life stories.

Event Details
Who: The Watsonville Bike Shack

What: Big Bike Sale

When: Saturday, October 13 12- 6 p.m.

Where: at Warehouse located behind the Ramos Furniture Store at 555 Main St.

Contact: Lorenzo Holguin, Phone: 831-206-2955 Email:



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The 12th annual Surf City AIDS Ride on Sunday, October 7, is a community event designed to raise funds to support the mission and work of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.
Participants can choose from a 12, 30, 60 or 100 mile ride. The ride takes you from country roads to ocean views to strawberry fields.

Register today to join this family friendly ride for a great local cause.


— Karen Kefauver

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.


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, or call (800) 218-8411.

— Karen Kefauver 
2013 Sea Otter Classic calendar listings

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 <;

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 <;

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 <;

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 <;

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 <;

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 <;

Watsonville resident and pro cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes, a UC Santa Cruz alum, placed 18th in the second stage of the Tour of Utah on Wednesday.

Jacques-Maynes [Bissell Pro Cycling] finish 50 seconds back from winner Christian Vande Velde [Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda], who finished the team time trial in 22:35. Bissell is now in seventh place in the overall standings.

Jacques-Maynes, who earned the King of the Mountain jersey in the first stage, is now 5:18 back in the general classification in spot No. 58.

The event continues today. Results included in this report are from the Tour of Utah website.

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

~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!

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.


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.

It’s handy to know how to fix your own bike! Staring with basic tuning up, come to this free class on Thursday, June 14 at Bicycle Trip, 1001 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. Space is limited. Call for details: 831-427-2580. — Karen Kefauver

Bicycle Trip will host a free bike maintenance class, Thursday, June 14 in Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz County Cycling Club is sponsoring a four-hour bicycle handling skills clinic taught by Robert Panzera and Josephine Allen on Saturday, May 12 in the parking lot of Soquel High School. Skills include group riding etiquette and protocol, riding in traffic with groups, cornering and bike balancing when looking over the shoulder, climbing and descending and eating and drinking while on the bike. Cost is $15 for SCCCC members and $40 for the public. To register for the clinic, visit

Soquel High School: 401 Soquel San Jose Rd.,  Soquel, CA 95073, (831) 429-3909

More info: Grace Voss (, 831-462-4884

Karen Kefauver is a freelance journalist based in Santa Cruz who writes a monthly cycling column, Spin City, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. 

UC Santa Cruz’s cycling team had two riders — Nicholas Newcomb and Christine Weir — qualify for the upcoming collegiate road nationals, according to its Twitter feed, after last weekend’s Western Collegiate Cycling Conference races at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Newcomb was the runner-up in the individual time trial over the weekend — which landed him on a rusted-pipe podium (I’m not kidding, I’m pretty sure I see some rust there) — and he placed 13th in the criterium to boost his points in the season-long “A” omnium. He finished the regular season in ninth place overall with 470 points.

Men’s conference champion Mackenzie Champlin of UCLA had 770 points.

Weir placed fifth in the road race and sixth in the women’s criterium to finish the regular season in sixth place in the women’s “A” omnium with 520 points.

Women’s conference champion Danielle Haulman of UC Davis had 1,079 points.

UCSC finished ninth out of 20 teams in the conference omnium with 520 points, according to the WCCC site, and it is ranked No. 7 in the conference according to national rankings, which are calculated slightly differently.

The Collegiate Road National Championships will be held May 4-6 in Ogden, Utah.

— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

The Santa Cruz Classic Criterium, also known as the “Beach Hill Crit,” happens Sunday, April 15 in downtown Santa Cruz. Racing starts at 8 a.m. and continues through the afternoon with racers competing in a lung-busting, leg-churning race that includes an infamous hairpin turn on Beach Hill, the site of numerous past crashes. Details: – — Karen Kefauver

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