Trail Mix: Keep on cranking! Annual Climb to Kaiser is Saturday
Ah…13,500 feet of climbing and 155 miles in the saddle on a summer day? Must be the annual Climb to Kaiser.
The 36th edition of the ride (it’s not a race) is Saturday, starting and finishing at Alta Sierra Middle School in Clovis; 282 cyclists are registered for the ride known as one of the toughest in America (shorter 62- and 100-mile rides are also offered).
The riders could be in for a weather break, with highs Saturday forecast in the lower 90s in Fresno and in the mid-60s in the mountains. With a similar forecast last year — and with his Sierra Pacific Racing teammates guiding him nearly to the turnaround point at 9,200-foot Kaiser Pass — Brandon Franklin finished in a record 8 hours flat. The 27-year-old is registered this year.
Registration closed last week. Details: climbtokaiser.com.
The SAR Wild Run, a Fresno County Search and Rescue fundraiser, offers running, mountain biking or hiking options on Aug. 5 at Shaver Lake.
Events include a 5- and 10-kilometer runs, a 16k mountain bike ride and 2-mile family hike. Each of the courses starts and finishes on Fishing Club Road, off Dinkey Creek Road. Details: talleytiming.com.
- Want to cook like an outdoor pro? REI Fresno is offering tips on what to bring and how to make the most of cooking in the outdoors with a free introductory class on campsite cooking at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Register at rei.com/fresno.
- China Peak is open for mountain biking weekends through Sept. 16, plus Labor Day (Sept. 3). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A mountain bike race is scheduled for July 21-22. Details: skichinapeak.com.