NORTH FORK – Organizers of the Grizzly Century Bike Ride are saddened to announce that this year’s ride has been cancelled.
“There have already been three major fires in the area this summer, making for unhealthy, smoky air for a strenuous Grizzly Century Bike Ride,” say organizers, “and the likelihood of more fires is quite high.”
They also note that many of the volunteers who make the ride possible work for the Forest Service and have spent most of the summer fighting fires, and if more occur they would be unavailable.
“To be safe and avoid last minute complications and expenses, the Grizzly Committee reluctantly made this decision,” say organizers.
All registration money, including Sign Me Up fees will be refunded, and organizers ask for the patience of scheduled participants in accomplishing this.
“It is with heavy hearts that we do this. Our ride has been an anchor event for our community for 23 years, our volunteers have been super dedicated, and we always look forward to serving riders at this event. The ride has a fantastic reputation and many loyal riders and volunteers, whom we have grown to know and appreciate.
The future of the ride is uncertain at this time. With new, enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers the Grizzly may ride again.
The community of North Fork Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association sponsors the Grizzly Century ride in order to promote the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway and encourage the enjoyment of this treasured resources. The route features scenic vistas from the unique vantage point that only a cyclist can claim.
Any funds raised go toward promotion and improvement of the Scenic Byway, to town restoration, and other projects that benefit the mountain community of North Fork.
For more information, visit the website at grizzlycentury.org.