A history of cycling in the Motherlode

There are over 1000 cyclists in regional bike clubs who ride in the Central Motherlode and
Ebbett's Pass. There are three local foothill bike clubs but, most cyclists travel from the Central Valley to ride their bikes. The 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, UC Merced, Central Valley Velo, Stanislaus County Bike Club, Elk Grove Cycling 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 in the Central Motherlode and are not a member of a club.


Additionally, each year there are ten bike events that bring over 4,000 cyclists to the Central Motherlode and Alpine County: Amador Bike and Wine, Peddling Paths to Independence, Party Pardee, Mr. Frogs Ride, Ride4Art, Lodi Tour de Vines, Sierra Century, Rim Fire Century, Ebbett's Pass Century, 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.

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