From our friends at Great Shasta Rail Trail Association and McCloud Chamber of Commerce:
Bike-toberfest, the annual celebration of the fall beauty of historic McCloud and the forests that surround it, returns Saturday, October 11, 2014. Offering rides for both mountain and road bikes with fall colors and Mt Shasta views, as well as a Main Street festival featuring Cyclo-cross races, this year’s event promises to be the best yet.
The McCloud Chamber of Commerce and its partner the new non-profit Great Shasta Rail Trail Association invite bike riders and their friends and family to make plans for a wonderful weekend. The rides that are offered this year are:
McCloud Dam Road Bike Ride - 30 miles (2-3hrs). Moderate to Difficult. This picturesque ”rolling hills” ride begins on Main Street, McCloud, through town onto Squaw Valley Road. The total ascent is 2,139 feet, with a maximum of 3,376 ft. and 6 category climbs. Hilly ride takes you through meadows, aspen trees, above McCloud Lake to the Dam. The return ride has a spectacular view of Mt Shasta and fall colors. Full service Rest Stop at the Boat Launch and SAG wagon available.
The Great Shasta Marathon Mountain Bike Ride - 30 miles (4 hrs) Moderate to Difficult. All riders meet at 8 am registration on Main Street, McCloud. Promptly at 8:30 am, riders will be bused to Algoma Campsite with bikes following in trailer. The first 13 miles are on moderate somewhat technical single track on the McCloud River Trail. Full service Rest Stop at Lakin Dam, then on to Bigelow Meadow Road, crossing Highway 89 to connect to the Great Shasta Rail Trail returning to Main Street, McCloud.
McCloud Scenic Road Bike Short Ride-12.5 miles (1-2hrs) Easy to Moderate. The ride begins on Main Street, McCloud continues through town onto Squaw Valley Road. The ride out turns around at Rest Stop at Friday’s RV Resort is a gradual downhill. The return ride is a gradual uphill to downtown with one more difficult climb near town. Rest Stop with food, water and SAG wagon provided.
McCloud Mountain Bike Short Ride-12 miles (1-2 hrs) Easy to Moderate. This ride begins on Main Street through town, crossing Pilgrim Creek Road and onto Great Shasta Rail Trail. Rest stop and turn-around at Mud Creek Bridge returning to Main Street, McCloud.
Registration begins at 8 am the day of the event, but participants are encouraged to sign up through RacePlanner or send in advanced registration forms. Maps of the rides, as well as registration forms and links, are available at the web site: www.mccloudchamber.com/bike-tober. The afternoon will feature Cyclo-cross Races, organized by the Ride-On-Race Series, as well as music, booths, food, wine and beer.