Fresno Cycling Club's Big Hat Century was this past week. The riders couldn't have ordered a better weather.
This year's ride changed the route a bit. From Clovis, to Friant, to O'Neals, up Walker Grade to Northfork & around Bass Lake was unchanged. The difference was the return trip through Auberry, meaning a climb over Powerhouse Grade. A challenge for many riders.
All told though, by the end of the day, all of the riders made it, with very few mechanical problems to report, and only one spill. From a SAG standpoint, any ride where we're not needed is a good day.
The beginning of the day started out great with many riders mingling and anticipating the day to come.
|Riders line up at the start of the day.|
|The obligatory Bike Lane photo. This was taken just south of the town of Friant (looking north to Friant).|
|Spring Valley School rest stop, O'Neals, Ca. The Metric Century riders turned around here. The 85 mile and 100 mile riders continued on to Northfork.|