04 May 2013

2013-05-04 - Kirch Flat Century

The Kirch Flat Century is presented by the Fresno Cycling Club.  It is generally a members only ride, but used as a recruitment ride as well. Anyone who signs up to be a Club member can ride.

The ride starts in the valley but has a number of short, steep climbs peaking to an elevation of just under 2000 feet.


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This year's ride was held in near perfect weather.  There were few issues that required SAG support.  Many riders used it as their first Century ride.

Tutu Archuleta climbs the big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue) while Jessica Jurado waits. View north.
Tutu Archuleta get to the top of the big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue) where Jessica Jurado was waiting. View north.
Tutu Archuleta claims she's lost. Kevin points to her location on the route sheet.
Tutu Archuleta & Kevin.
Kevin waits at the top of the big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue) with his Hond ST1300 SAG vehicle.
Painted on the road at the summit of Watts Valley Road.
It's a bit hard to see here but I tried to pull off the road, rolled into the dirt & leaves and the motorcycle sunk about 8 inches.  I almost dropped it. Near the top of the photo, you can see where the front wheel sunk. Near the bottom is where I struggled to find a solid place to put my foot down.
Kevin's Honda ST1300 parked on Watts Valley Road.  Stopped to help a thirsty cyclist with no water.  He took three liters.
Kevin's Honda ST1300 parked at the Cell Hill turnaround on Trimmer Springs Road at the east end of Pine Flat Lake.
Kevin's Honda ST1300 parked at the Cell Hill turnaround on Trimmer Springs Road at the east end of Pine Flat Lake.
The sign at the Cell Hill turnaround on Trimmer Springs Road at the east end of Pine Flat Lake.
Gwen Racca leaves Winton Park Rest Stop headed for Fresno. View northeast.
Bug splat on the SAG sign on the front of the motorcycle.
The Winton Park Rest Stop packs things away at the end of the day.
Gwen Racca climbs the last big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue). View south.
Gwen Racca climbs the last big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue). View southwest.
Gwen Racca climbs the last big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue). View north.
Gwen Racca climbs the last big hill on Riverbend Road (at McKinley Avenue). View north.
2013 Kirch Flat - 38 Mile Route
2013 Kirch Flat - Flat Metric Century Route
2013 Kirch Flat - Century Route