Cycling Through Placer County

Life in the Bike Lane

By: Tom Frady
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Every year since 2010, the group of folks with whom I ride plan a 100-mile ride, just because we can. 

It started as an opportunity for those of us who, even at our advanced age, had never ridden a century before. 

Over the years, it has morphed into just another ride we do. We have a SAG wagon (a vehicle that travels with us for safety and to provide food and water at designated places) and plan a lunch stop.

The route was relatively easy and runs through parts of Placer, Yuba, Sutter and Sacramento counties. 

Starting from Lincoln, we headed to Camp Far West Lake, then took Spenceville Road into Wheatland and a donut at The Pink Box.

Leaving Wheatland, we made our way through Nicolaus, then rode into a headwind for 22 miles along the Feather/Sacramento Rivers levee to below the Sacramento Airport. 

Lunch at a sandwich shop in Rio Linda was followed by ice cream on Watt Avenue and a tailwind for the last 25 miles home.

Because some of our friends were tracking us online, we were met with a small but enthusiastic crowd as we pulled into Lincoln Hills for well-earned cookies.

Tom Frady is a Lincoln resident and avid cyclist and driver.