Chico Velo Wildflower Century race highlights beautiful Butte County

The annual race brings thousands of bikers through seven cities including Chico and Paradise every year.

Posted: Apr 28, 2019 5:44 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 9:40 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Thousands of bikers from all over the world visit Butte County every year for the Chico Velo Wildflower Century race.

The event is in its 38th year and attracts up to three thousand riders. This year some came from as far away as England and Fiji.

From the blooming flowers at Table Mountain to the almond orchards in Durham, riders partake in one of seven different routes ranging from 12 - 125 miles of some of the most scenic places in Butte County.

The routes take you through seven different cities between Chico and Stirling City. They also hit Paradise, Cherokee, Oroville, Richvale and Durham.

"We have seven different rest spots so we are feeding riders every 15-20 miles if they're doing some of the longer distances - so our event is just known for the food and the good hospitality," said Renee Buchan, the executive director of Chico Velo Cycling Club. 

Chico Velo is a non-profit organization that provides bicycling education and advocates for bicycle safety and infrastructure. The club also aims to foster and promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, health, and wellness.

The race helps benefit the Chico Velo Cycling Club as well as local businesses like Sierra Nevada, Klean Kanteen and Lundberg Farms. 

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