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Find Endless Road and Mountain Biking Trails along with Epic Cycling Events in California’s Trail Capital: Redding and Shasta Cascade 
Acclaimed trails offer limitless fun and adventure for cyclists and mountain bikers of every level, in addition to national and international rides like the Shasta Jamboree and the world championship WEMBO mountain bike race

Redding, CA – June 21, 2015 – Redding is becoming known as the trail capital of California: with over 200 miles of cycling and mountain biking trails all within a 15-mile radius of the city center, few California cities even come close. Located only two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco, Shasta Cascade’s bustling hub city of Redding is just the starting point for expeditions into one of America’s most spectacular and scenic regional biking destinations. Dubbed the “Gem of the U.S. Trails System” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Redding is surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public land, including Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, spectacular Mt. Shasta, and the pristine Trinity Alps. All areas offer abundant paved and unpaved trails, including some historic mining and logging trails, which offer views of granite spires, breathtaking waterfalls, flowing rivers, magnificent mountains and fantasy forests.

With endless trails and infinite vistas, it’s easy to understand why some of the best leisure biking and cycling races are found in Redding every year. In the rolling foothills just east of town, the Shasta Wheelmen put on their annual Super Century and Jamboree rides, covering various distances through gorgeous back roads. “Redding is really proud to offer a variety of cycling opportunities for our visitors to ride in and/or watch – including road and mountain biking championships,” says Kallie Markle of the Redding Visitors Bureau. “The Shasta Jamboree is a great example of an event that offers something for all cycling skill levels. It’s held in October, when the weather is gorgeous, and the public comes out in droves to celebrate the cyclists. It’s quite the party!”

Endless Trails
Some of the many trails around Redding include the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the focal point of Reese Witherspoon’s recent blockbuster movie Wild, the Wintu Loop, Lassen Volcanic National Park’s 150 miles of trails, including the famous Bumpass Hell Trail, the Clikapudi Trail at Shasta Lake, and the Mule Mountain Trail, located in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, offering fantastic views of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta. The Sundial Bridge stands in the heart of town and is considered the hub of Redding’s impressive trail system. Paved trails fan out from either end of the bridge and wind their way up hills, through botanical gardens, along the Sacramento River, and out to the Shasta Dam, a great route for beginners. Some points of interest along the trails are the historic Diestelhorst Bridge, the Stress Ribbon pedestrian bridge, and Chamise Peak, which offers 360 degree views of all things Shasta - dam, lake, and mountain -  as well as the upper Sacramento River Valley. 

One of America’s newest national trails, the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, runs 17.4 miles from the Shasta Dam to the Sundial Bridge in Redding, and has been recognized as the 7th best trail in California by Rails to Trails magazine. Enjoy river views, rolling foothills, and sweeping valley vistas along the well-maintained trails, with amenities scattered along the way. Short loops close to town and long stretches through the hills mean all abilities and any schedule can be accommodated. Redding’s trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Find the Redding area trails brochure and its detailed descriptions at area bike shops, hotels, the California Welcome Center in Anderson, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, or at www.visitredding.com/trails. 

Epic Cycling and Mountain Biking Events
Redding offers cycling and biking races of all sorts from casual, family-friendly rides to high profile races for serious road and mountain bikers. Here is a list of some of the most popular biking and cycling events in the area:

The WEMBO Race
October 3-4, 2015
Weaverville, CA
Weaverville, California will be the first location in the United States to host this international event where racers from around the globe ride for the title of World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Champion. Prior races were held in Italy in 2012, Australia in 2013 and Scotland in 2014. Weaverville has held mountain bike races since the earliest days of the sport, with the LaGrange Classic being the first held in the 1980s. Courses here boast some of the best single-track in the Western United States, from solid climbs to fun and flowy downhills. Find event and registration info at www.teambigfoot.net/Wembo15.htm.

Big Bike Weekend
October 9-11, 2015
Redding
If motorcycles are more your style, then the colossal Big Bike Weekend is for you. Free to all spectators and guaranteed fun, bikers are invited to join more than 5,000 enthusiasts checking out the exhibitors inside the Win-River Casino’s convention center as well as along Redding Rancheria Road. Rock out to the well-known biker band, Charlie Brechtel Band, whose music was featured on Sons of Anarchy. Or, take hot laps and enter the burn out contest at Shasta Speedway, and don’t miss the street legal drags at Redding Drag Strip. Find event details at www.bigbikeweekend.com/event/index.html. 

Give Me Wings Jamboree Rides (aka Shasta Jamboree) and Super Century
October 10, 2015
9733 Deschutes Road, Palo Cedro, CA
The Shasta Wheelmen present Give Me Wings Jamboree Rides and Super Century, which takes place in the beautiful Lassen foothills. Novice to elite riders are invited to choose from 26, 41, 63, 103 mile courses, or the Super Century challenge offering 126 miles of country roads climbing 11,000 feet. This event attracts riders of all levels, including national champion Remi McManus, who won the 2001 US Road Race Championship. He’s coming to do the 126 mile Super Century challenge as part of his 4040 project, where he competes in 40 races during the 40th year of his life. More than a ride, this event is truly a party and festival celebrating the great outdoors. Find event details and registration info at www.shastawheelmen.org.

The Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race
April 2016
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Renowned for its epic loop, huge climbs and long, technical descents, the Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race is one of the oldest and most famous mountain bike races in California. Known as a jewel in Redding’s muddy, well-worn bike helmet, this race draws riders from all over the West. Racers can choose from an extremely challenging and difficult long course, a modest intermediate course, or a technical short course. The Lemurian is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit race with an atmosphere as good as the views. Find event and registration info at www.shastalemurian.com

Family Bicycling Day
May 1, 2016
Downtown Redding
Families and friends walk, bicycle or skate the short distance from nearby neighborhoods or the River Trail to a stretch of downtown Redding that is transformed into a car-free zone for a day of fun. This is an inside-out parade where people themselves are the parade, participating in activities and enjoying a walk or ride on a beautiful spring Sunday – local restaurants and shops are the attractions. Local businesses produce open-house promotional events showcasing what’s great about downtown. The open-street makes it fun and safe to walk, skip, skate, dance and bicycle along California Street. Family Bicycling Day

Cycling Resources
Since the great outdoors is what the Redding and Shasta Cascade area is all about, there are plenty of stores and services that cater to cyclists, mountain bikers and all outdoor enthusiasts. Here is a sampling:

The Chain Gang
1540 Division Street, Redding, CA 96001
530-243-9951
Established in 1975, the Chain Gang Bike Shop has been an integral part in the growth of a bicycle-oriented community in Redding. They support all types of cycling, sponsor many local bike events and are devout advocates for the trails and trail systems throughout the region. 

The Bike Shop
3331 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA 96002
530-223-1205
The Bike Shop is a family owned business established in 1978, and has assisted athletes in achieving their goals, including Ironman Triathlons, National Championships, World Championships and the Olympics. Second generation owner Ryan Cooper is certified in bicycle fitting, having learned the art of mechanics from his father, and loves the sport of cycling. Visit The Bike Shop today and see how their enthusiasm for cycling, fun and fitness continues to grow.

Cyclopedia
1429 Market St, Redding, CA 96001
(530) 605-4500
Cyclopedia was birthed from a passion for cycling and offers free clinics and club rides. They specialize in custom built bicycles and offer high-end clothing, parts and accessories for the discerning cyclist. Mostly, they ride and teach others to do the same. If you want a fantastic group riding experience on road, cross or mountain bikes, then visit their ride schedule to see where they are riding at any time.

To discover other adventures, attractions and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade, visit www.visitredding.com. 

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About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit www.shastacascade.com, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShastaCascade, or find us on twitter www.twitter.com/ShastaCascade. 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit www.visitredding.com, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/VisitReddingCA or find us on twitter at www.twitter.com/visitreddingca. For up-to-date happenings, follow our blog at www.visitredding.com/blog.  

 

Media Contacts:

Susan Hartzler

Mental Marketing

818-585-8641

shartzler@mentalmarketing.com

www.mentalmarketing.com

 

Lisa May

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

530-365-7504

lisa@shastacascade.org

www.shastacascade.com 



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