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Spoke ‘N Words: Cycling season in full swing

With warm weather finally here itand#8217;s time to get out the bikes, tuneand#8217;em up, and go ride. Some of the premier roads and trails in the Truckee area are in beautiful condition and ready to ride.

As far as road riding goes, local classics Truckee to Cisco Grove and Gold Lakes Loop are both melted out and in pristine riding condition. On the mountain biking side, both the Emigrant Trail and the Sawtooth Trail are melted out, smooth and ready to rip. Additional information on road and trail routes as well as conditions can be found at any of the local bike shops around Truckee.

Despite enduring one of the wettest and coldest springs in recent memory the Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing Team has been in action since the early part of March. The team has posted solid results in some of the early season classics such as the Bariani Road Race, Copperopolis Road Race, Sea Otter Classic and The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

In addition to traveling to the larger USA Cycling sanctioned races, the team has also been competing locally in the Reno Wheelmen Race Series. The Wheelmen series includes just about every discipline of cycling from cross-country mountain biking to road racing.

These events are a great introduction to racing and are probably one of the highest quality local race series in the country. For about eight dollars, competitors can race on an assortment of different courses between Truckee and Reno and can expect beautiful courses and safe roads.

For more information on local racing, check out the Wheelmen website at http://www.renowheelmen.org.

In my second full season of racing Iand#8217;ve come to realize that northern California is far and away the finest area of the country to race. We have the most organized races, the best courses and probably the best weather. For these reasons the level of participation in northern California racing is impressive, one can expect between 400 to 1,000 racers at any given USA Cycling sanctioned race throughout the season. A great website to learn more about racing in northern California and Nevada is http://www.ncnca.org.

The bottom line is, any cyclist in the Truckee area whoand#8217;s ever considered racing should absolutely give it a shot, and if racing just isnand#8217;t for you itand#8217;s definitely time to break out the bike and take advantage of the riding this area has to offer.

Team rider Jessie Miller-Smith is the author of this weekand#8217;s Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing column. Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing is a Truckee-based cycling team focused on racing and local bike advocacy.

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