Wildflower takes cyclists on scenic ride

Apr 24, 2016 9:55 PM by Ross Field

Hundreds of cyclists hit the roads in Butte County for the traditional Wildflower Century Ride. The ride takes cyclists from Chico to Durham to Paradise and to Oroville. Action News Now's Ross Field was there and filed this report.

"Bike riding is lovely," said cyclist Donna Quisenberry.

That seemed to be the general feeling Sunday as more than 3,500 people hopped on their bikes for the 35th annual Wildflower Century Ride.

The cyclists begin at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and pedal the back roads of Butte County on seven different routes with the distance ranging from 12 to 125 miles.

"It's gorgeous scenery and the I love the climbing and I love Honey Run and Table Mountain, so it's really a blast," said Quisenberry.

"A lot of flowers, all the trees are really green and fresh right now. There's just so much to see, it's a beautiful ride," added cyclist Kraig Kemp.

A ride that's organized by the Chico Velo Cycling Club.

Executive Director Janine Rood says bike rides like the Wildflower are ideal from communities like Chico. From sponsors to volunteers to participants, this event brings people together.

"The thing that makes the Chico Wildflower Century so special is the community. It's all the volunteers that come out, the organizations that help us, the great sponsors that offer local services and products like Sierra Nevada, and the 300 volunteers from all organizations just make this thing happen," said Rood.

"It's fun to meet new people as well. Just talk to other people that love to ride, compare notes on everything, it's fun," added Quisenberry.

For many participants the ride is competitive, but for others there's a much deeper meaning involved.

"Five-and-a-half-years ago, Enloe Hospital performed a four-way bypass heart surgery on me and I'm here to give a little thanks," said cyclists Gary Lattus.

The Wildflower Century Ride, an event that's good for people, Butte County and bicycling.


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