Bicyclists Roll Into Butte County for Wildflower Century

Apr 27, 2014 8:36 PM

Despite light rain and harsh weather conditions, thousands of bicyclists hit the roads across the northstate Sunday for the 33rd annual Wildflower Century Ride.

The ride begins at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and takes bicyclists through Durham, Oroville and Paradise.

Riders can choose between several different routes, ranging from 30 to 125 miles, as well as a 12 mile course for kids.

Several riders came from out of the area, which is significant considering how big this event has become.

"We had about 3,500 who pre-registered and I expect they'll be 4,000 riders in spite of the gloomy weather," said Janine Rood of the Chico Velo bicycling club.

"I love big bike rides like this, see all the people come out and it's great to be on the road with everybody, common purpose, it's cool," said Tom Works.

The Chico Wildflower Century is regularly listed in Bicycling magazine as a Top Ten Century.

It was first offered as an organized event in 1981.


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