The MLBC Board is hosting monthly bike rides in Central Foothills and Sierras. Ride details and more information to be published soon! Join us and explore the Motherlode!
Most Popular Rural Cycling Roads in Gold Country
Central Calaveras County
A popular bike route from Angels Camp are the roads often used in the annual Mr Frog Bike Ride held in April. (Map below shows start in Murphy’s) Begin your ride from Mountain Pedaler Bike Store and ride through the hilly neighborhoods of Angels Camp above Greenhorn Creek golf resort. Ride through historic downtown Angels Camp before heading up Highway 4 to the small Gold Rush Camp Vallecito. Its Union Church is a California Historic Landmark. Leaving Vallecito descend down to Parrotts Ferry bridge on New Melones Lake. Return to Highway 4 and head back to Angels camp. Your ride will make a giant loop back through Angels Camp and up to Murphys via Murphys Grade Road. Ride through downtown Murphys and return up French Gulch Road, a favorite local backroad lined with oak trees and hayfields, then back down Murphys Grade Road into Angels Camp.
There are several local restaurants for post ride lunch or coffee at Starbucks.
Route Options from Angels Camp
Dogtown-Calaveritas Out and Back, 28 Miles, Rolling hills and few steep climbs
Dogtown to San Dominican to Stevenot Winery, to Murphy’s
Old Gulch to Michael and Cave City
Why it’s the best
Some of the States most scenic Gold Rush Rural Roads are a short drive from Central Valley, Sacramento and Modesto and 2 hour drive from most Bay Area communities.
How to get there
West Calaveras County offers an never-ending supply of hill climbing in the Foothills, just a short drive from the Central Valley, Sacramento and Bay Area.
From Stockton take CA Highway 4, for 30 miles to Angels Camp
From Highway 49 take Highway 49 to Angels Camp
Best bike shops in Motherlode
Jackson Family Sports 275 CA-88 Jackson, CA
Mountain Pedaler Bicycle 352 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA
Sonora Cyclery 13867 Mono Way Sonora CA
For more information: Call The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Co-Founder Rob Williams, 209-531-5844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check Meetup: Valley Springs Cyclists
The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is a fiscally sponsored project of the California Bicycle Education Fund and in Partnership with the Golden Chain Bike Club and Sponsored by Mountain Pedaler, Jackson, and Sonora Bike Stores.
A lot of people were really interested not only in test-riding ebikes, but ‘Where can I go with them? What can I do with them?
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Cycling Tourism in the Motherlode means identifying rural cycling roads that link communities to encourage recreational cycling, commuting, and e bike cycling tour companies to explore the California Foothills.
END OF YEAR NEWSLETTER
December 30, 2019
Dear Members and Friends of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition!
2019 is coming to a close with MLBC and we wish to carry our momentum into the new year. We designed a new website, expanded our social media efforts on Facebook and Instagram, and started meeting monthly as the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition! I suspect I could end this end of year report with our collective effort to get “organized” but, we also accomplished important local and state cycling advocacy efforts, sponsored bike events, rides, and are collaborating with local partners to support Cycling Tourism in Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties.
Highlights from 2019
Supported bikes-for-tykes-work-days repairing bikes for local youth.
MLBC Members volunteered at the Dragoon Gulch Work Days to expand the trail network for biking and hiking
Sponsored the Moccasin Marsh Flat Pop Up Ride
Recruited 20 members during our membership drive!
Hosted a Tuesday Rides series featuring Gold Rush Towns of the Motherlode
Organized a Tuolumne County Bike Rodeo with Sonora Cyclery and the local CHP
Assisted with the Tom Frost Memorial Old Priest Grade Ride and RideandWalk4Art
Most importantly, we have a committed board and appointed an Executive Director. The board meetings are scheduled the fourth Thursday each month and meetings are held at various foothill locations to encourage broad representation. The meetings are held from 4:30pm 6:00pm.
The upcoming 2020 calendar for the MLBC will be presented at the January 2020 MLBC General Membership Meeting.
Monthly Pop Up Bike Rides featuring roads linking our foothill towns
Organizing Youth Bikes Rodeos in Motherlode
Monthly Tuesday Ride Series featuring rides to historic Gold Rush Towns
Hosting Cycling Tourism Workshops for Local Civic Clubs and Tourism Agencies
Taking an active role in supporting the California Bicycle Coalition 2020 Advocacy Agenda https://www.calbike.org/
Come ride with us! Become a MLBC Member in 2020
With your energy, experience and membership, we can work together to:
● Build bicycle-friendly communities
● Break down barriers to cycling
● Improve bicycle facilities
● Improve air quality and public health
● Educate cyclists and motorists on Sharing the Road
● Promote bike rides and routes in the Motherlode
● Organize more bicycle events to promote cycling, increase public awareness, and have fun.
Safe riding in the California Foothills in 2020,
Chairperson of the MLBC
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