Local bicycling association assists bikers on a 750-mile ride
Laurie Wainwright, back left, Mike Wright, Doug Wainwright, Aaron Johnson, Claire Buehler, bottom left, and Lily Buehler pose together at the National Guard Armory in Susanville where they volunteered to greet and provide aid to riders participating in the Davis Bike Club’s Gold Rush Randonnee. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 1 — Members of the Susanville Area Bicycle Association went above and beyond to assist riders participating in a 750-mile bike ride that made its way through Susanville Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27.
The Davis Bike Club, located in Davis, Calif., held its fourth annual running of the Gold Rush Randonnee, a 750-mile bike with a 90-hour time limit. The ride takes participants from Davis through Knights Landing and on to Oroville. They then cross the Diamond Mountains, descend Janesville Grade and pedal on to Susanville. The course continues on through the rest of Lassen County on Highway 139, through Modoc County to Alturas, then to the turn-around point at Davis Creek. From there they retrace the route back to Davis.
Members of the Susanville Area Bicycle Association partnered with members of the Davis Bike Club to set up a check point at the National Guard Armory in Susanville where riders could stop to receive aid, food and drinks or sleep. Volunteers set up cots with pillows and blankets for riders who wanted to rest. Bikers could also refuel themselves with a variety of food and drinks set up on tables at the armory.
Approximately 70 riders participated in the challenging event and all were well received by Susanville Area Bicycle Association volunteers who were stationed at the armory 24 hours a day to help the bikers.
According to the Davis Bike Club website, the Gold Rush Randonnee was the first event of its kind in California and has enjoyed worldwide participation since its start in 2001. “If you have yet to undertake a ride of this length, be ready for a significant challenge to your physical and mental abilities,” the website reads.
For more information on the Gold Rush Randonnee, visit dbcgoldrush.org.