2021 Centuries: Looking Grim

Normally at this time of year we’d be looking at a roster replete with centuries and gran fondo rides for the following year. But the pandemic has thrown these events into question. That shouldn’t be surprising because it takes at least six months of planning to pull off a large public event. Clubs and organizations that cancelled 2020 events and looked forward to 2021 have been concerned and privately tentative as COVID-19 worsened in early fall and some have already hit the eject button in order not to waste club effort and precious funds on another cancelled event.

The news of vaccines on the immediate horizon, which we greet with relief, has probably led to even more decisions to cancel because it does not look like enough people can be vaccinated before summer to make these events viable. Not all events have been cancelled, at least to date. Below is the list of events and their current status. Keep in mind that events that are currently listed as taking place may still be cancelled.

Saturday Feb 13: Velo Love Ride. 60 or 100 mi. No word on this event but very unlikely to happen.
Saturday Feb 20: Tour de Palm Springs. 102, 51, 26, 9 mi; reg open now, $80. This is a virtual event.
Saturday Feb. 20: Pedaling Paths to Independence. 65 or 25 mi; $45-40. No word on this event but very unlikely to happen.
Saturday, March 6: Blossom Bike Ride. 60, 45 or 20 mi; $50. CANCELLED
Saturday Mar. 13: Solvang Century. CANCELLED.
Saturday, April 10: Cinderella Classic & Challenge. Limit of 800; $65/40. reg open 1/8. Likely to be postponed to fall.
April 25. Mt. Hamilton Challenge. This ride hasn’t been held the last three years.
?April. Eroica California. No word yet and no date announced.
Sunday Apr. 26 Chico Wildflower. 125, 100, 65, 60, 30 mi. reg open??; $75-45. This ride was calendared but has been removed, which probably means it’s cancelled.
Apr. 18: Bike Around The Buttes. No word yet and no date announced.
Sunday April 18: Primavera Century. CANCELLED
May 20-23: Sea Otter Classic. reg not open yet; $90-110. Has been postponed to October 7-10, 2021.
Saturday Apr. 24: Tierra Bella. CANCELLED
Saturday Apr. 24: Wildflower Century. CANCELLED
Saturday May 1: Siskiyou Scenic Bicycle Tour. 103, 90, 68, 38, 21, 8
$65-20. Reg is open.
Saturday May 1: Wine Country Century. Has been tentatively postponed to October.
Sunday May 2: Grizzly Peak Century. Will either be virtual in May or possibly postponed to fall.
Saturday May 21: Davis Double. No word. A third party site claims the ride will be on “Saturday May 21” but this is obviously incorrect. (The third Saturday in May is May 15, 2021, not May 21, which is a Friday.)
Saturday May 15: Tour delle Vigne. Reg is open; $65.
Sunday May 16: Strawberry Fields Forever. Reg is open; $75.
Saturday May 22: Devils Slide Ride. 100, 64, 40k; $90-45. Reg not open yet.
May 28-31: Paso Robles Cycling Festival. Reg is open; adult: $73; camping: $18.50/night
?June: Supertour. No word on whether Supertour will take place in 2021.
Saturday June 12: Gold Country Cycling Challenge. 100, 100k, 42 mi, 10 mi
$45-70; reg open now.
Sunday June 6: Sequoia Century. 100, 72, 59, 44 mi; $95-45. Reg was supposed to open 1/2/21. WW may cancel this event.
Saturday June 19: Mile High 100. Reg is open.
Saturday June 19-June 26. Sierra to the Sea. CANCELLED
Saturday June 19: Castle Crags Century. 141, 99, 62, 79, 37 mi. No word on this event and website is currently “suspended”. Website is back up and it’s tentatively scheduled for June 19.
?Saturday June 26: Climb to Kaiser. No word on this event.

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