• Paskenta – Are You The Real Deal?

    by  • January 24, 2013 • norcal scene, race coverage

    paskentaThere are some legendary races in NorCal and one that every rider should check out before they move, quite, or perish is Paskenta.  Like a Brazillian soccer player, or a super model it has one name that is recognized by those that matter.   Instructions are below.  If you have a survivor story put it in the comments or email it to us at NorCal @ Love dot com.   The kicker? It is held every Superbowl Sunday so all you rebels can rejoice in this unsanctioned, non-recongnized, non-race-that-will-rip-your-legs-off style event.

    Meet at One Mile prior to 8:00AM on ride day to get your ride maps and instructions. Start from One Mile PROMPTLY at 8:00AM for this 100+ mile sufferfest. 😉   www.RaceChico.com

    The ride is 100+ miles in length, with total climbing nearing 1,700 feet……..and the ride has a 4-mile dirt/gravel section in it near the little town of Paskenta, California. If the weather is decent, we usually have about 200-300+ riders for this one – if the weather is a bit “off”, we’ll still get about 100-200 riders out there. For a map of the Paskenta course, please visit the following link:


    This FREE and unsupported “assumed risk” ride kicks off the century season on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 3rd, 2013. Meet at the One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park in Chico, California before the 8:00AM starting time to get your map (Ride starts precisely at 8:00AM!). Parking & bathrooms at the One Mile Recreation Area. Route heads north to Corning, west to Flournoy & Paskenta, south and east to Newville, Black Butte Lake, Orland, Hamilton City and Chico. Course can be shortened to 80 miles (avoiding the 4 to 5 mile gravel stretch) by taking the Black Butte Cut-Off west of Corning. It can be shortened to 50 miles by returning to Chico from Woodson Bridge-OR-by starting outside of Corning at 9:00AM at the intersection of A-9 and Black Butte Rd, four miles west of Corning. Store MIGHT be open in Flournoy – so stock up before the 30 mile service-free ride to Orland. Support vehicles following the pack are STRONGLY discouraged – but a good place for neutral hand-ups is in Paskenta/nearing Paskenta, prior to the dirt/gravel section. You should be fully self-supported during this ride – bring tubes, patch kit, multi-tool, pump, food, water, cell phone(although coverage is very spotty out that way) and anything else you might need out there!! Helmets are extremely recommended! Hope to see you here! Should finish with plenty of time to watch the game too – the Super Bowl doesn’t usually start until 3:30ish.



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    Former NorCal resident now residing in Madison,Wisconsin. I race cross, but I'm named after a velodrome. Support your local bike shop, NorCal race promoters, and go learn to race on a track. Hellyer Velodrome - http://www.ridethetrack.com