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The Sierra Nevada High School Racing Series

As a former track and cross-country runner I was just wondering if I would have joined a cycling team in high school had it been offered (my conclusion was probably not – cycling wasn’t even on my radar as a sport). It looks like some of the kids in my neck of the woods our getting some pretty serious exposure to Mountain Bike Racing.

The West’s first dedicated USA Cycling mountain bike racing series for school-age kids, the Sierra Nevada High School Racing Series, debuts in just two weeks time at Granite Bay, California. The new series will kick off its first season with an ice-breaker short track cross country race on National Short Track Course in the Granite Bay Recreation Area.

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The Schwinn Bell Choir

The punchline: Send an e-carol and a kid gets a bike (and helmet).

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BFU – Bicycle Friendly Universities

The League of American BicyclistsBicycle Friendly University program is almost enough to make me wish I was shopping around for colleges again. The program is part of the Bicycle Friendly America program.

The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning.

BFU officially launched in September but just announced that the online application went live this past week. Students and alum should encourage their schools to apply.

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public meeting

The Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks seeks to close a lightly used road on the south side of the river near Gold River. The road leads to a gravel bar that is used by fishermen and other people who want to park at the river’s edge.

I don’t ride down that way often but I think I know the road (two guys carrying an inflatable raft walked out in front of me there once nearly causing an accident). From a cycling perspective the closure would likely improve safety.

If you have a strong opinion you should attend the meeting on May 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 4200 Temescal St. in Fair Oaks.

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