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Cycling Tourism Central Valley to Sierras

Over a century ago Californians could follow roads from the Pacific to the Sierras and find food, drink and accommodations. In 1895 a cyclist could find roads from the Bay Area to Sacramento or to Yosemite Valley. Today, cyclists in the Central Valley, Motherlode, and Sierras can patch together rides to these destinations.

Currently, there are over 1000 cyclists in regional bike clubs who ride in the Central Valley, Motherlode, and Sierras. Local and regional bike clubs include: Foothill Cycling Group, Erma’s Diner Cycling Group, Golden Chain Cyclists, Stockton Bike Club, Horizon Bike Club, M360, the San Joaquin Bike Coalition, Delta Velo Race Team, Central Valley Velo, Stanislaus County Bike Club, Bear Valley Bike Club, Alta Alpina, and Project HERO San Joaquin. In addition, an estimated 250 individual cyclists or small groups of friends ride and are not a member of a club.

Each year there are eleven bike events that bring over 4,000 cyclists to the Central Valley, Motherlode and Sierras: Peddling Paths to Independence, Party Pardee, Mr. Frogs Ride, Ride4Art, Lodi Tour de Vines, Sierra Century, Ebbett’s Pass Century, Moms Ride, Golden Hills, Almond Blosom Ride and popular Death Ride. And, finally each year over 1,000 Northern California Nevada Cycling Association Bike racers come to Milton or Cooperopolis to race bikes on Easter Weekend and in August.

It’s clear, the rural roads in the Central Valley, Foothils and Sierras are popular for recreational cycling. What’s unknown is the economic impact of encouraging cycling tourism.

The first week in April the Sacramento Bike and Hikers sponsor the Party Pardee, a one day bike event that occurs in Amador and Calaveras Counties. The ride is popular because of the scenic rolling hills surrounding the Tri Dam Lakes. This event has been held for 26 years and registers over 1,400 cyclists. Prior and after this bike event the 40 miles of roads near Valley Springs Tri Dam are visited by bicycle clubs, groups, and families. There are local businesses that cater to cyclists: Starbucks, Hawg Dogs, Ace Hardware, and Subway. Cyclists stop for a coffee, lunch, or buying a spare bike part. Local camp grounds near Valley Springs are Lake Comanche, Pardee and Hogan that cyclists stay the night before or after their ride.

“Promoting Safe Bicycle Travel Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism,” is a strategic collaboration of transportation agencies from five counties: Tuolumne, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, and Alpine. The goal of the project is to improve public safety, increase active transportation, and promote economic development through a comprehensive plan to promote bicycle tourism that emphasizes safety improvements on state and local routes across county lines.

The Cycling Tourism Grant is funded by Cal Trans and the final project plan will identify bike routes for enhancing bicycle tourism, with an eye to improving travel conditions for all modes, and for residents’ travel needs as well as those of visitors.

Cal Bike is seeking input from cyclists, business owners, civic leaders, government officals, Bicycle related businesses, and local residents.

This link allows you to participate in shaping Cycling Tourism in the Central Valley, Foothills and Central Sierras.

Cycling Tourism Survey

The survey seeks information about supporting cycling tourism and will be used to study the economic value of supporting cycling tourism.

Calaveras County Ride List

Dr. Dave Ritchie has made his time honored lost of (mostly) Calaveras County road rides available via pdf. This is a scan–images are pasted below; the pdf file is available via download: Road Bike Rides Around Murphy’s California

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

May 2020 Newsletter

Rob Williams, MLBC Board Chair has composed an update for May 2020. The newsletter is pasted below and is also available as a .pdf file.

Dear Friends/Members of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition,

Prior to Shelter in Place, the MLBC Board celebrated becoming a formal bike advocacy
organization. At our January MLBC Meeting we established a bank account and Nikki
gave us a treasurer and membership report, we adopted a new Pop Up Ride Calendar
and recruited new Board Members representing Calaveras County. Our collective efforts
were “rolling along” at a good pace.

Then our core ride event, RideandWalk4Art was cancelled and you know the rest of the

Yet, we are each riding alone, talking via Zoom, and anticipating that we can reboot the
MLBC ride calendar by late fall 2020. In the meantime, Carl has been addressing
rumble strip work on Highway 120 and we lobbied the Calaveras County Public Health
Director to allow local cyclists to ride during the lessening of recreational activities.

A core mission of the MLBC is promoting all forms of recreational cycling in the
Motherlode and Sierras. We are proud to announce that our partners at Cal Bike are
currently working with five local transportation agencies, Cal Trans, and Transportation
Planners, Fehrs and Peers to complete a Cycling tourism plan. This plan identifies
popular road cycling routes, popular roads that connect towns and cities in Cal Trans
District 10 and businesses that benefit economically from supporting Cycling Tourism.
The plan will be completed in late 2021 and presented to all partner boards and county
boards of supervisors. The intent of the plan is to justify road improvements to support
cycling tourism and local economic opportunities.

Cal Bike is interviewing civic leaders and business owners, elected officials, bike friendly
businesses, cyclists, clubs, and government officials about cycling tourism in Calaveras,
Alpine, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties.

The short term future of organized bike events is questionable because of multiple
issues related to post Covid regulations: permits, sanitation, road improvements,
emergency support, food at events. The MLBC is collaborating with Cal Bike and

California Cycling Magazine by hosting a town hall talk with all bike event directors in
Cal Trans District 10. This meeting was spearheaded by the MLBC. It will help us all
insure local bike events continue to support local economies and are attended by
current and new recreational cyclists.

Speaking of District 10, we have been successful getting Cal Trans to pay attention to
following Rumble Strip Guidelines and submitting Safety Maintenance Requests to clean
shoulders or report hazards. Locations: Mokelumne River Bridge, State Route 88 Pine
Grove, and State Route 4. All road improvement projects support safe cycling

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to upgrade the
Mokelumne River Bridge (Bridge Number 26-0012) on State Route 49 in Amador and
Calaveras counties by replacing the non-standard bridge rails with new rails that meet
current standards and widening shoulders to 4 feet on either side of the traveled way to
enhance the mobility of pedestrians and bicyclists.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Amador County, and the
Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) propose improvements to the
segment of State Route 88 (SR 88) in Amador County from post mile (PM) 21.6 near
Climax Road to PM 24.6 near Tabeaud Road. Improvements would include intersection
and lane reconfiguration, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and roadway associated
improvements along SR 88. This project is located in the town of Pine Grove in Amador
County, California.

The State Route 4 Realignment Project will improve the segment of State Route 4 from
Bonanza Mine Way to Stockton Road from 2.6 miles east of Copperopolis to about 1.6
miles west of the State Route 4/49 junction in Altaville (Angels Camp), post miles 10.3 to
16.4, a total of about 6 miles. The project will be to construct a new alignment with two
standard 12-foot width lanes and 8-foot paved shoulders. The project would improve
sight distance by increasing curve radii with the incorporation of longer, smoother curves.

Here’s what MLBC will be working on in the foreseeable future:

Resume Membership Campaign
Advocating for slow streets and other bike-friendly policies throughout our region
Getting more and new people biking and riding e bike in Motherlode by
suggesting bike routes online.
MLBC is working to update our website with suggested routes

All of this work is possible only because volunteers, donors, and supporters like you continue to devote your time and resources to the bike movement. If you are able,
please consider a donation to ensure that people biking continue to have a voice in the
decisions that impact our roads and our communities.

Postponed!!! Registration is Still Open for Ride and Walk 4 Art

Ride and Walk 4 Art has been postponed with hope for rescheduling for fall 2020.

The MLBC is proud to support the annual Ride & Walk 4 Art event in West Calaveras County. We enjoyed last year’s event and we hope you did too.

This year, in addition to 25-mile and 45-mile bicycle options, we’ve added a 75-mile ride with 3 big hill climbs and 5,600 feet of total climbing. And for those who don’t do wheels, there’s a walk at New Hogan reservoir. For lunch we’ll have chicken-in-a-barrel barbecue with all the sides.

This event is a fund raiser for arts in education in Calaveras County. The arts play a critical role in students’ academic success. Last year’s event raised nearly $6,000 to support arts related assemblies, art materials, visits from teaching artists, and grants to individual students for arts enrichment projects.

Advance registration closes March 20, 2020
25 miles/ $40
45 miles/ $45
75 miles/ $65
$20 for walkers and for age 16 and under for all rides

$5 discount for Calaveras County Arts Council Members (To be taken at checkout. Call the Arts Council for the discount code, or watch for it in your member mailing.)

Participation is limited to 300 riders and 50 walkers, so don’t wait! Register at

We hope you’ll join us to have fun and to support the arts in Calaveras County schools.