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Bike Ride to Tour de Bear Valley

18 Mile Uphill and 18 Mile Downhill 

Riding a road bike from Camp Connell, CA to Bear Valley along the highway shoulders is an exhilarating and picturesque ride that showcases the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. As you embark on this bike ride, you'll find yourself immersed in a landscape characterized by towering mountains, dense forests, and sweeping vistas.

Beginning at the Camp Connell General Store, a small mountain community surrounded by towering pines, you'll pedal along smooth Highway shoulders that wind through the Sierra’s. The crisp mountain air, blue sky, full creeks and the sound of your tires humming on the pavement create a serene ambiance as you gain momentum and head towards Bear Valley.

The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is hosting the Bike Ride 2 Bear Valley Tour  from Camp Connell to the Bear Valley Adventure Company in Bear Valley. The ride leader is Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Special Events Director, Rob Williams.

This road bike ride tour is a fundraiser for the Arnold Rim Trail Association. 

The Arnold Rim Trail Association is holding the High Sierra Bike A Palooza in Arnold, CA on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Riders must register and pay a $25 entry fee. Arnold Rim Trail and Registration Information 

The ride start is at Camp Connell General Store, 8:30am  Roll Out Sharp. Our Home Base is at Camp Connell General Store and our host is Dan Tulipan. Bathrooms, water and snacks provided at Ride to Bear Valley Home Base.

Three riding groups will be chaperoned by experienced cyclists; fast, taking my time and new to ride. 

There is SAG Support, snacks and water at Camp Connell and Bear Valley Adventure Company. And, after the ride we will gather back in Arnold for food, drink, and fellowship at the Bistro Espresso.

The ride is 18 miles up, taking 2 and 1/2 hours up and  18 miles downhill, 1 and 1/2 hour. NOTE: The current Highway shoulder conditions are minor sand going Eastbound and significant sand going Westbound. A Caltrans Road Maintenance Request and Appeal for shoulder sand removal has been submitted.

Local Road Cyclist David Ritchey describes the ride as “a long steady 6% climb for eleven miles, then flattens out into Bear Valley Adventure Company General Store.”

Arriving in Bear Valley, you'll have a chance to rest, replenish your energy, and reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken. Our host is Bear Valley Adventure Company General Manager Aaron Johnson.

Riding a road bike from Camp Connell, CA to Bear Valley is not just a physical endeavor; it's an immersive experience that connects you with the natural world, challenges your limits, and rewards you with unforgettable memories of the Sierra Nevada's stunning beauty

RSVP Ride2BearValley Information

Ride Map, Mileage and Elevation 

Former Calaveras County Judge Douglas Mewhinney scored RideandWalk4Art a 9.5. He said, next year have coffee to get a score of 10.

Some Highlights from RideandWalk4Art

Our Kitchen Captain walked over 25,000 steps, or 10 miles preparing lunch for 175

There were more cyclists riding 70 mile route than any other year

We Ran Out of Rest Stop food! Ugh. And, cyclists asked for Pickles in 2025

Close to 90 cyclists were new to RideandWalk4Art Routes

Most cyclists traveled 60-90 minutes to participate

One accident happened at mile 2, a broken arm and wrist caused by hitting an exposed pothole

Registration for 2025 is Open with Early Registration Discounts

PS Coffee and Pickles on our 2025 Priority List

The Art Show Displayed 12 paintings and Student Bike Art from Toyon Middle School

Ride Report Video from RideandWalk4Art Director Rob Williams

The weather forecast for Sunday, March 17, 2024 is sunny and high of 70 degrees. Perfect, for a bike ride or walk in Calaveras County.

This video features event check in information, parking, bathroom locations and start times.

A participant event letter will be emailed on March 15, 2024.

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