Sierra Century releases bicycle road tour schedule for June 16 tour ride
Jim Reece, tspntv, June 7, 2012The Sierra Century bicycle tour returns to Amador and El Dorado County roads next weekend, and the tour co-directors announced the schedule to help local drivers be aware of when and where up to 1,500 riders will be riding across the Mother Lode, next Saturday, June 16, starting in Plymouth.
Sierra Century co-director Bud Leland said the Sierra Century Bicycle Event is a “ride” but it is not a “race” and there are no road closures. He released a list that includes only the major roads and approximate times.
The Sierra Century starts Saturday, June 16, at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth and riders go to Howard Park in Ione. Expect riders between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., along Old Sacramento Road and Irish Hill Road.
From Howard Park, riders go to Sutter Creek, between 7 a.m. and noon on State Roade 104 and Sutter-Ione Road.
The next leg is between Sutter Creek and Fiddletown on Sutter Creek-Volcano Road, Rams Horn Grade, Shake Ridge Road and Fiddletown Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
From Fiddletown, there are two routes. Some bicyclists will go to Indian Diggings School, between noon and 3 p.m. via Tyler Road, Bridgeport School Road, Cedar Creek Road, Mt. Aukum Road, Fairplay Road, Perry Creek Road, and Slug Gulch. Another route from Fiddletown will go to back to the Fairgrounds on Fiddletown Road between noon and 3 p.m.
The route splits again. Some riders will go from Indian Diggings School to Highway 88, via Omo Ranch Road, between 2-5 p.m. Other riders will go from Indian Diggings School to the Fairgrounds on Omo Ranch Road and East 16 Highway, between 2-5 p.m.
Other riders will travel from Highway 88 to the Fairgrounds on Shake Ridge Road, Fiddletown Road, and Shenandoah Road between 2-5 p.m. CHP reminds drivers that bicycle riders have the same rights as vehicles on the roads.