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February 23, 2012
Registration opens Saturday for Sierra bicycle tour

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

Registration opens Saturday for a new multi-day bike tour that promises to take riders through some of the Sierra's most spectacular scenery.

Cycle the Sierra will take place June 23-27and is a Sierra counterpart to noted rides like RAGBRAI in Iowa and Ride the Rockies in Colorado.

It will follow popular roads from Grass Valley to Coloma, Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe and Sierraville, before returning to the start.

The routes are "primo" and the ride will benefit local groups, including the American River Conservancy and the League to Save Lake Tahoe, said Mark Reiner, who organized the ride from a base in Coloma.

The ride cost is $835, including food, camping accommodations, equipment transport and entertainment. The ride will be limited to the first 300 cyclists to register.

For more information, see www.cyclethesierra.com.

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