BikeView – We Love Cycling

Bike View
By Chris Murphy

Our love of cycling connects to Modesto Porchfest which connects to celebrating our Mothers at Ride for Mom and Mother’s Day connects to the Family Cycling Festival and all of these things are connected by The Force as we celebrate May the 4th Day. Yes friends, we really have a fun month lined up for you. Let’s check out this variety pack of intergalactic and intercommunity connections and events and unlike the world, Modesto is flat and it’s a good place to ride your bike. Don’t forget to check our amazing event calendar at before you leave your home or office.

Biking is Fun!
We have already hit the bike trails a few times this season. Last month, many people toured the artists open studios by bike and there are group bike rides to Sunday brunches and so much more. Did you know we have 4 major trails you can bicycle? It’s true and you can access them at points across the city. One of the best things about Modesto is that it’s flat. These bike trails all pass along schools and parks so there are places to play with kids and the Virginia Corridor even has a few it’s own playgrounds. There is a new park being planned for East LaLoma Park soon. (see page 16 to help) Two of the longest trails head downtown and this is a great way to get there on the weekends. For you competitive cyclists, there are group rides from Fun Sport Bikes and also through Stanislaus County Bike Club.

Ride For Mom
Do you want to cycle and celebrate mom at the same time? If so, we recommend the Ride For Mom, happening on May 11 beginning at Johansen Stadium. Created in honor of Bob Fores’ mom Jinx, Ride For Mom is designed to promote heart health and encourage people to stay active and have fun doing it. There is a 10 mile, 33 and an 77 mile ride and there are groups that ride at all speeds and there are regular rest stops so anyone can do it. There is a pre ride reception to pick up your ride package and there is a wonderful lunch prepared by Green’s and Concetta.
You can do it! See you at Ride for Mom.

Bike to Work Day – May 16 6:30 am – 8:30
Bike to work with Mayor Brandvold
The City of Modesto hosts Modesto Bike to Work Day. All-day secured bicycle parking is available for free! A continental breakfast will be provided to all bicycle riders who commute to work on a bicycle. The first 150 riders will receive a free T-shirt and bicycle incentives. All riders can enter the prize drawing and win great prizes! Meet at Village Baking Company at 6:00am, depart at 6:30am. Finish at City Hall, 1010 10th St.

Family Cycling Festival – May 18 10am – 2 pm
Grab the whole family and head downtown for the FREE Family Cycling Festival. There will be biking tips, free kid’s helmet fitting, BMX stunt team (shows at 11,12, and 1), bounce houses, rock climbing and interactive exhibits. If you ride your bike there, get it licensed for free and participate in the bike rodeo. Ee haw. Located on I st between 10th and 11th

Modesto Criterium – May 18 8 am – 4 pm
Do you feel the need for speed? Don’t miss the high speed closed course racing of the Modesto Criterium. There have been annual criteriums in downtown Modesto since 1982 when Chris Murphy brought back the Tour De Graceada and the racing continues today. If you are a USCF licensed rider, you can race. Women’s race is at 1:10 and the Cat Pro, 1/2/3 is at 2:15 But don’t be fooled, the Masters 35+ are some of the fastest racers too at 10:45 am Register here:

Modesto’s First Bike Show – May 19 10 am – 3pm
You know Modesto is all about the car shows, but how about a bike show?
The Central Valley Cruisers are presenting a bicycle show in 10th St Plaza. This is the 5 year Anniversary of Central Valley Cruisers and their Bike Show will run from 10 am to 3 pm and will feature a bike show with awards, raffles, and prizes and a DJ for music fun.

Central Valley Cruisers started in 2014 with 19 people with the goal to be open to all, friendly and a way to get out of the house and exercise while also supporting local businesses by stopping by to eat and drink on rides. Starting Today their Facebook shows over 500 members. They support Modesto Gospel Mission and to date have fixed or repaired close to 40 bicycles and donated several more. They have also donated (6) 55 gallon drums full of coats and twin bedding over (2) years of Coats and Blankets rides. There are regular rides and activities all year long, including a breakfast ride on May 5.
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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.