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May is Bike Month rolling along

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May is Bike Month continues to roll along. The goal this year is 2 million California miles. So far, the count is upwards of 1,000,000 miles ridden. We are over halfway into the month, and the count should start to ratchet up a bit. There's two weeks left to make the 2 million mile mark.

Like many other teams, Placerville Bike Shop's team has put in over 3,000 miles so far. Over 1,000 miles of that total was logged by just two riders. Amazing. There is a long list of teams and individual riders on the May is Bike Month web site, all putting up impressive numbers. If a small shop in Placerville can ride over 3,000 in three weeks, that 2 million mile mark should be within reach in the greater Sacramento area.

Keep in mind that the various teams don't actually ride as a team. Some of the team members might ride together, but mostly all of the miles are simply individual riders posting the miles they have ridden.

There is still plenty of time to sign up, either as a "team member" or as just yourself, and log some miles. There is no requirement to log any particular number of miles, and it is free. If you ride it, log it. One mile is better than no miles.

On another cycling note, Sir Bradley Wiggins took the leaders jersey on the second day of the Amgen Tour of California. He kept it all the way down to Thousand Oaks finishing in the lead with a comfortable margin. The TOC was fortunate this year to have very good weather throughout the 720 miles from Sacramento to the finish in Thousand Oaks.

With a little bit of luck, the TOC will ride in our area again next year. It would be wonderful if a Lake Tahoe start will again be in our future. While May is always full of weather surprises, warm one day, snowstorm the next, it would be good to have the race launch from Tahoe, successfully, next time.

As May works its way through various weather conditions, the hiking and cycling opportunities start to expand a bit. The snow in the high country is slowly giving way to bare ground. More trails at higher elevations are becoming hikeable or rideable.

Heading to the mountains to log some of those miles for MBM adds some great variety to riding in the valley and the foothills. The bike rental businesses in Tahoe, Watta Bike in Meyers, Camp Richardson, Anderson's and South Shore Bike's in South Lake Tahoe, and Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City, are all open and have great bike selections in their rental corrals. You could log some nice recreational miles in Tahoe and not have to haul your bike up there.

Now is a very good time to scout out places for your outdoor riding adventures. You might not be able to hike up to Lake Winnemucca or Round Top Lake just yet, at least not without snowshoes, but you can find great places to ride.

The Crystal Basin, located in the El Dorado National Forest just east of Pollock Pines, is mostly open, and has a wide variety of riding opportunities. Pack the bug repellent with you if you go up there. Our little buzzing mosquito friends are out and they would love to see you.

The trails at Cronan Ranch, in Nevada City, Foresthill, and at Jenkinson Lake are all waiting for you and your bike to rack up some miles. Remember to log your miles for May is Bike Month. Register if you haven't already done so. It's free, a rarity these days.

Get your maps out, and start wandering. You never know what kind of new adventure you'll come up with.

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