Healdsburg to Santa Cruz or Bust! Explore the legendary 3 day course that covers 200 miles of beautiful Northern California scenery. For those who haven't yet ridden the historic, challenging, and always beautiful Healdsburg to Santa Cruz track as laid out by the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club here is your chance.
Jon & Ken’s Most Excellent Adventure
SANTA CRUZ SUNRISE ROTARY CHARITY BIKE RIDE
Originally not intended to be a fundraiser, the first Most Excellent Adventure Charity Bike Ride rode off in October of 1998. Jon Sisk and Ken Whiting, both members of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club, simply wanted to go on a distance bike ride.
Once they had determined a course and a date, they and a group of friends, both Rotarians and non-Rotarians, set off for what was a truly great adventure riding between San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. The event turned out to be a great success - and in the course of planning, an accidental fundraiser. The first ride ended up raising over $4,000.00 and what started as a simple adventure among friends soon evolved into a popular event and a successful fundraiser.
Since that first ride in 1998 things have taken on a life of their own. The Jon and Ken’s Most Excellent Adventure Charity Bike Ride has become an annual event with the 21st Ride scheduled for September 27 - 29. The event organizers decided that the bike ride could really be used as an event to “build something” for the community and it was eventually decided that funds would be put towards building a new track and field for Santa Cruz High School. To work towards this goal, Jon and Ken committed to run the bike ride for 10 years. With nearly $500,000 raised through the bike ride, a new track and field was completed in early 2010 at Santa Cruz High School.
With the track and field complete, funds from the bike ride are now being put towards youth athletics and community projects benefiting children in Santa Cruz County.
Even though the event has grown as a fundraiser each year, the organizers believe that more is not better. The size is limited to about 60 bike riders, plus the support team. At this size, friendships are made or renewed and everyone has a great time. The level of service our support team can deliver to this size of group exceeds expectations, and any more than this simply adds to the management and work, as well as would complicate the logistics of traveling 200 miles over three days.
The current course begins in Healdsburg and ends in Santa Cruz, with hotel stays in Bodega Bay and Pacifica. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $500, as well as pay $350 that covers the expenses of putting on the event. Tremendous corporate sponsorship support and a raffle ticket sale enhance the fundraising component.
One of the real strengths has turned out to be non-Rotarian participation. About half the participants are not members of Rotary. Many of them have really adopted this event and have raised thousands of dollars. Several have gone on to become very active members of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club since their involvement with this bike ride.
Also in true Rotary fashion, the volunteer support this event enjoys is what makes it the truly unique experience it has become. For rider safety, comfort and enjoyment, there are several trucks on the road to assist riders, a nurse, and a motor home filled with all the necessary provisions. The finish line party is an energizing event that only occurs through the contributions and efforts of other Sunrise Rotarians.
Under the umbrella of Rotary, hundreds of people have participated in the bike ride, many times more have made contributions, and nearly 180,000 miles have been ridden. Over the past 15 years, what started out as a fun adventure among friends has managed to remain true to this original spirit while also becoming a way to give back to the community. The bike ride has achieved the original goal of “building something” with the recent completion of the track and field project at Santa Cruz High School. In the next ten years the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club looks forward to supporting our local Santa Cruz youth and providing an adventure for all participating riders in the Jon and Ken’s Most Excellent Adventure Charity Bike Ride.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Skylark Shores Resort
1120 North Main St ~ Lakeport
This one of a kind cycling event is held every year on the 1st Saturday in October. Come enjoy one of our 4 fun and challenging routes around the largest natural lake in California - Clear Lake! www.konoctichallenge.com
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakeport, the Konocti Challenge has become one of the premier "boutique" rides in the state! From the beauty of the scenery, to the fun and energetic reststops, the fantastic end of ride BBQ set on the shore of Clear Lake - this a ride you don't want to miss!
Voted Cycle California! Magazine's Best Metric Century of 2014
Sacramento Century Challenge
October 6, 2018
Sacramento Century seeks to be your best bike experience of the year! Join us for a beautiful ride through the historic Sacramento Delta wine country, awesome ride support, great food, and a fantastic end of ride festival. Music this year by Mumbo Gumbo!
WHO WE ARE
The Sacramento Century is presented by the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Rotary is a service organization. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self”. 2014 was our club’s 100th anniversary of service to our community and the world. A Century of Service! Our club has over 350 members and we meet weekly for lunch, fun, fellowship and Top Notch Speakers.
The River Ride is Saturday, October 6th, 2018 – Rain or Shine!
Routes open at 9:00AM.
All routes start and end at at the JTI Fountain at the intersection of Main Street and Memorial Drive.
Registration: Pre-registration will be available through BikeReg.com. Registration opens in June.
Goody bags are included for all registered cyclists. Swag details will be announced soon.
Rest stop support and SAG support will be provided on the 30, 50 and 80 mile routes.
At each rest stop and at the finish line, you will be greeted by friendly volunteers offering water, Powerade, and snacks to keep you fueled for the ride!
There is plenty of free parking available throughout the downtown area and within a short ride of the starting point.
Volunteers are needed to greet cyclists at rest stops and to drive SAG vehicles along the routes to assist any cyclists who need a break or a bike repair.
Danville Riverview Rotary is coordinating volunteers. To volunteer, contact James Turner, Ride Director at email@example.com.
The Tour de Livingston ride provides an opportunity for our riders to enjoy outstanding fall colors during the peak color season in southeast Michigan. This fully supported ride includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton.
All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs.
Since its start in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $250,000 to address the community’s most critical needs!
The Tour de Livingston is organized and run by the Howell Rotary Club. The Howell Rotary Club was established in 1924. More information about the Howell Rotary Club can be found at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1507.
Livingston County is conveniently located 30 minutes north of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 45 minutes northwest of Detroit, and 30 minutes east of Lansing, Michigan.
All routes originate at the Mt. Brighton Ski area (located at 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton, Michigan 48116).
Choose a 5, 10, 29, 38, 62 or 100 mile route – or bring the family for the Family Fun Loop. All distances are approximate. Routes will be well marked with large route markers on pavement. Final routes and maps will be distributed the morning of the ride. (Note: Tour organizers reserve the right to make changes to routes based on construction and other factors beyond our control.)
Thank you for all that participated in the 11th Annual Howell Rotary Tour de Livingston! We look forward to seeing you again in 2018! Mark your calendars for our 10th year on Oct. 9, 2018.
Thanks to our Jersey Riders who raised about $12,000 in 2017!
Some news from our Tatar member, Ildus Yanishev and his ‘global bike tour for peace and goodwill’.
Since his departure in May 2017, he crossed Europe from Kazan (Russia) to Lisbon (Portugal), crossed Great Britain, then the USA, then a part of China and is now in Eastern Russia, near Khabarovsk. Once again, we are very proud of what Ildus is doing for peace, Rotary and cycling, proudly showing off his Cycling to Serve flag on his 56 kgs bike !!!
Strade Bianche 2019 – Cycling to Serve
Experience an unforgettable bike tour through Austria and Germany before the 2019 Rotary International Convention begins on June 1st. The tour will begin in Bregenz, Austria, near beautiful Lake Constanze. After biking through vineyards in southern Germany, the tour will continue via Tübingen and Heilbronn to historic Würzburg.
Rotary 4-Days Geraardsbergen Belgium
World Championships 2019 - Cycling To Serve
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