The annual Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century bicycle ride is expected to draw 3,000 participants when it takes to the streets of the Santa Ynez Valley on March 11.
The rides are organized by Specialized Coronary Outpatient Rehabilitation (SCOR). Founded by Randy Ice in 1974, the nonprofit organization is a recreational club that encourages bicycling as a form of rehabilitative therapy after a heart attack or congestive heart failure, and procedures such as coronary bypass surgery and angioplasty. Members sponsor and volunteer at the Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century.
The preride registration is available at bikescor.com. The deadline is Wednesday.
Day-of-event registration is available March 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. and March 11 at 6 a.m. in the banquet room at Hotel Corque in Solvang.
The event kicks off March 10 with the local band Pink Cadillacs playing at the registration site.
The March 11 rides have staggered starts beginning at 6:30 a.m. with the 100-mile riders and ending with the 50-mile riders heading off at 9 a.m.
The route for the Century ride takes cyclists to Santa Maria and back. The Metric is a 70-mile ride making its way through Los Alamos and up to Vandenberg Village before returning to Solvang. The Half Century is a scenic ride to Lompoc on Route 246 and back to Solvang on Santa Rosa Road. All three routes have SAG (support and gear) stops offering a variety of water, food and energy bars, as well as bicycle mechanics.
When the riders return to Solvang, they'll be greeted by a cycling festival, including massage therapists, live music and a barbecue lunch. A dinner dance that night is scheduled to start at 7:30 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton. The popular local band Molly Ringwald Project will have anyone not too tired from the ride up and dancing to their '80s music.
For more information, visit bikescor.com.