About rob@calbike.org

Former Public School Administrator. Current Co-Founder of MLBC and Cal Bike Outreach Manager

Summer Ride Series


June – September 2020

This summer weekday rides are being planned in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties. Experienced cyclists from the MLBC will lead rides along rural county roads exploring gold rush towns of the Motherlode. 

Riding Groups of four are determined at start and during ride: Group 1 Club Pace Group and Group 2 Casual Pace Group. 

Tuesday Ride

Valley Springs Home Base

All rides will start and end in Valley Springs. Times change monthly. The core ride is Valley Springs Tri dam loop, with ride options for hills and distance. The Tuesday ride has a brief mid ride break option at the Buena Vista Store, Jackson Valley Road. There are three EBMUD porta potties available on Tri Dam Loop. All cycling skill levels invited to the Tuesday Ride Series and E Bikes Class 1 Ebike.

Thursday Ride

Exploring Motherlode Gold Rush Towns


Thursday Ride Series

Ride Leader, Rob Williams 

Valley Springs to Cooperopolis 

San Andreas to Angels Camp/Murphy’s 

Valley Springs to Jackson/Butte Mountain 

Valley Springs to SutterCreek 

Valley Springs to Volano

Valley Springs to Ione

MokeHill to Mtn Ranch 

Dorrington to Bear Valley

Bear Valley to Ebbetts Pass


Monday and Friday Ride Series

Ride Leaders, Nikki Grimes and Holly DaRold Acevedo

Clavey Road Climb

Groveland to Evergreen Lodge

Jamestown to Tuolumne City loop (34 miles, ~3200′ elevation gain)

Moccasin (almost) to Tuolumne City loop (40 miles)

Jamestown to Moccasin or Moccasin to Jamestown (30 miles)

Jamestown to Moccasin to Coulterville via New Priest Grade loop (or start in Moccasin in order to climb the Grade in cooler part of day).  55 miles, ~4900′ elevation gain)

Groveland to Greeley Hill to Coulterville to Groveland

(40 miles, ~5000′ elevation gain

C O M I N G This S U M M E R 

Bicycle Travel with Camping/Hotels Guidebook


Lodi/Valley Springs/Mokelumne Hill/Carson Pass 

  • Pardee, Hogan, or Camanche Campgrounds and Hotel Leger

Stockton to Angels Camp/Murphy’s/Ebbett’s Pass 

  • Salt Springs Resort, Murphy’s Hotel)

Modesto/Knights Ferry/Sonora/Sonora Pass

  • Knights Ferry Park,Sonora Hotel/Pinecrest)

Tuesday Evening Time Trials

Valley Springs Lime Creek TT

  • More to be announced in June

Pop Up Rides

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!

Popular Bike Rides in the Foothills

Most Popular Rural Cycling Roads in Gold Country

Central Calaveras County

Angels Camp

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 rbwilliams72@gmail.com. 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.

Test-ride And Buy Electric Bikes At The E-bike Challenge | Cycle Volta

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?
— Read on www.cyclevolta.com/story/ebike-basics/test-ride-and-buy-electric-bikes-at-e-bike-challenge/

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.

2020 Events

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,

Rob Williams

Chairperson of the MLBC