Cycling Northern California’s Wild Roads

Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride has three route options to challenge and enchant bicycle riders. The shortest, the San Domingo Road route is only 21 miles, but you’ll bicycle through some of the best of rural Calaveras County and the California foothills.

MLBC Chair Rob Williams is organizing this ride to increase visibility of cycling in Calaveras County and support local tourism, as well as to support Feeney Park in Murphys (Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride is a fundraiser for Feeney Park.)

Read a description of the short ride at their blog, and register soon!

Logo for Mr. Frog's Wild Ride Returns on May 7, 2022. Drawing of man in top hat and orange and yellow scarf on bicycle with frog hanging from his coat tails.

First Bike Event of the 2022 Calendar

Cyclists and walkers will enjoy the rolling green hills and rural roads of West Calaveras County during the Calaveras County Arts Council’s Sixth Annual Ride & Walk 4 Art on March 20, 2022. With three bicycle ride choices—30, 45, and 100 miles—or a 4.5 mile walk along the shores of New Hogan Lake—there’s something for everybody.

This year, organizer Rob Williams, chair of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition, the organization that helps manage and coordinate the event, has freshened the popular fundraiser that supports the arts in Calaveras County schools. The biggest change is a new starting venue. The new site, the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Park in Valley Springs, offers many benefits. “It’s just a better site,” Williams said. “There is parking for over 200 cars. There are indoor bathrooms. And it starts and ends the ride at a safe neighborhood location. No one is crossing any highways to start the ride.”

CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder

https://www.rideandwalk4art.com/ride-4-art-news

BikeMotherlode

I’d like to introduce you to the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition (MLBC) and invite you to BikeMotherlode.

Springtime in the Motherlode

The MLBC is an association sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund, a project of CalBike. We represent Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador counties. We have 23 members, with a five member volunteer board and a volunteer executive director.

Our mission is to increase safe roads for cycling, host bike rides and cycling events, and promote the Motherlode as a premiere bike-riding destination. We offer monthly group rides of varying degrees of difficulty, as well as bike-safety courses and family-oriented events.  

MLBC also provides another important resource for bike advocacy at the MLBC Bike Valley to Sierra website, https://www.bikevalleytosierra.com

This website features the Caltrans and CalBike Bike Riding Tourism Report and Signature Bike Projects in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras and Alpine counties.

With miles of rural roads, beautiful scenery, and back-country trails, the Motherlode has always been a hidden gem for bicycle riding.  

2018 Tour of California At Pardee Dam Bridge

Pre-pandemic, there were seven bike events that occurred in Caltrans District 10. While many of those events have been put on hold, three of these events are scheduled in 2022. We hope to see you there! 

Upcoming Bike Events in the Motherlode

March 20, 2022 https://www.rideandwalk4art.com/

April 2, 2022 https://bikehikers.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=216251

May 2022 (Date to be Announced) https://www.gocalaveras.com/business/festivals-events/mr-frogs-wild-ride/

Best Wishes for Safe Bike Riding in 2022,

Rob Williams 

MLBC Chairperson

CalBike Outreach Manager 

Caltrans District 10 Member

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