Optimist Wine Country Classic  
                              Bike Ride

        "Inaugural" Optimist Wine Country Classic 
                                           Bike Ride

                              
                            Proceeds benefit The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center
                                                                      www.AutismSpectrumCenter.com 

Postponed until Spring 2011

    The Paso Robles area has long been considered an excellent destination for cyclists seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of large city life. Located in the northern half of San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles was the finish point for Leg 5 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, which included notable riders Lance Armstrong, Levi Lepheimer, and Mark Cavendish to name a few. 
 
    Being a large agricultural region, Paso Robles is home  to many vineyards and wineries, olive oil production, and other agricultural crops. These open spaces outside of the downtown city center lends itself perfectly for excellent rides over meandering hills, past acres of lush vineyards, and along country roads lined with tall oaks and open farm space.

    The Optimist Wine Country Classic is a fundraising event to benefit both the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center and the combined Optimist Clubs of the Central Coast.  All the funds raised from this event will go back into the community to support the many activities, services and projects provided by both organizations.

    Many volunteers have given their time and talents putting this event together and are ready to provide you with an enjoyable experience that will keep you coming back year after year. This event will not only cater to the experienced rider, but also to the novice rider and their families. Bring the family and enjoy the area, the people of Paso Robles, and the Optimist Wine Country Classic.


    

Proceeds benefit:
 

The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center:

Children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders at a rate of 1 in 110 and the funds generated from the ride will help establish a much-needed center on the Central Coast.
 To learn more about the Center, or to contribute, please go to: www.AutismSpectrumCenter.com

Their mission: To strengthen quality-of-life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and the lives they touch, through compassion, commitment, and collaboration.


Their Vision: 
To become a state-of-the-art facility, centrally located in San Luis Obispo; the center will bring together and empower individuals, families, and professionals for the purpose of improving the quality of life of those affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Optimist Clubs of the Central Coast:

The Optimist Club is a service organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth within the community. They offer many scholarship contests throughout the year and provide support for local youth groups, events, and other youth related activities within the communities in which they serve. Optimist International is the oldest service organization and the "Optimist Creed" is well-recognized for representing the foundation for which all individuals can conduct their lives in the service of others and to themselves. The Optimist motto is "Friend of Youth" and the members strive to provide support whenever needed.  The Optimist Club is a non-profit organization and funding is derived solely from fundraising events such as this. To learn more about Optimist International, please visit a local club or go to:
www.Optimist.org

                                                


This year's event is the "Inaugural" ride and is intended to become an annual event to support these two great charities. It has been created as a fun, "Families Welcome" ride complete with activities for both the rider and non-rider alike. 
For volunteering or sponsor opportunities, please contact Chuck Sawyer at 805-591-9590 or by email: goingnutzgifts@yahoo.com
     
    

 


REGISTRATION

There are three options available for Registration : 


To register through Active.com click here!

or


Copy waiver, registration form, and flyer. Mail waiver and registration to address on registration form for Paso Robles Optimist Club

or

Onsite registration ( no guarantee of lunch or benefits)



About The Rides:

There are several rides which can offer a great day of riding through the wine country of Paso Robles.  Regisration includes fully-stocked rest stops, SAG vehicles, delicious post-race BBQ with music, and entertainment for the younger riders.


Enjoy any of The Following Rides:

75 Mile Ride
: This ride is a combinaton of all 3 of the 25 mile rides depending on your desire and experience levels.  This ride is intended for the more experienced rider and starts at 7:30 am to accomodate your return for the BBQ and entertainment.

50 Mile Ride: This ride is a combination of any 2 of the 3 different 25 mile rides.  This ride will start at 8:30 am and is dependent upon your experience level and desire. Each 25 mile ride includes a rest stop.

25 Mile Rides: These are 3 different routes with varying degrees of difficulty. The 25 mile ride will start at about 9:30 am

Route 1 - consists of a relatively flat ride with a couple of small hills and a short steep climb at the finish. This ride is on the North side of Hwy 46 East and winds through the wine country and back along the river road.

Route 2 - consists of a more challenging ride to the south side of Hwy 46 East, through the East side of town and out into the wine country. This ride has a one mile ride up a substantial hill, then gives you a nice ride back into town past several wineries along Union Road, then crosses Hwy 46 back to the start area.

Route 3 - consists of a ride to the North, along the North side wineries, and then turns west. This is a moderate ride with some hills and alot of backcountry before heading back along River Road. This ride also has a short steep climb at the end of the route.

15 Mile Ride: This ride is a simple, relatively flat ride for the novice rider. It incorporates a small climb in the beginning with a nice undulating ride through some of the wine country backroads. After a nice downhill run to the River Road it also includes the short, steep uphill run to the finish. This ride will start at about 10:30 and has no rest areas.

3 Mile Kids Fun Ride: This ride is for the kids, age 12 and under, and MUST be accompanied by a parent. A simple flat ride, down and back, and includes a rest stop at the turn. This ride will
start at about 10:30 am


Ridemaster suggestion: If riding the 75 mile or 50 mile rides, then do these rides in order and save the short steep hill for the finish. (For example, ride route 1 and then 2, or 2 and then 3 for the 50 mile rides. Ride 1, then 2 and then 3 for the 75 mile ride)


Don't miss out! Register today!


            
 

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