Cycle for a cause

Benefit rides fill summer

CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE The Lifestyle Fair at the Stage 3 finish of the Amgen Tour of California was packed with cycling fans. Photo: Curt Hentschke

Were you among the hundreds of celebrating cyclofans congregating in Morgan Hill last month? The Stage 3 finish of the Amgen Tour of California may not have been the usual nail-biter, but the carnival atmosphere surrounding the finish line Lifestyle Fair was mighty exciting, right? From friendly vendors to festive colors, from jumbotrons to jubilant announcers, ’twas a thrill to have it all in our own backyard. What a coup!

June means schools are out; please keep a wary eye out for an increased number of happy kids pedaling along our roads and trails. Parents, insist on helmets; after all, it is the law. And please don’t forget the sunscreen (Tell ‘em Cycle Guy never leaves home without it). And when the temps heat up, consider a family ride to the local frozen yogurt shop.

Every month, I encourage you to peruse the Save the Dates calendar and sign up for a ride or two, especially when the charities to which they are dedicated strike a chord in your heart. Don’t be frightened by the large numbers in their names; most of these event rides have a variety of distance options to suit all abilities. And remember, if you’re not ready to commit to a ride, most events have ways that you can support the cause without ever riding a bike.

Still, it’s way more fun on a bike!

Save the Dates

June 2-8: AIDS/LifeCycle–CA Coast–aidslifecycle.org

June 8: Incarnation 100–Santa Rosa–incarnation100.org

June 8: Devil’s Slide Ride–Pacifica–devilsslideride.org

June 9: Bike the Bridges & BrewFest–Martinez–sonc.org

June 22: Giro Bello–Sebastopol–girobello.com

June 23: Tour de Cure–Palo Alto–Main.diabetes.org

July 6: Watsonville Criterium–velopromo.com

Curt “Cycle Guy” Hentschke has pedaled more than 60,000 miles of South Valley and San Benito County trails. Send your cycle celebrations to [email protected] Check for last-minute changes before attending.

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