For the 33rd year, the Buttes will be abuzz with cyclists riding for a good cause.
Proceeds from the annual Bike Around the Buttes go to the Yuba-Sutter Diabetes Support and Resource Center, which supports locals who live with diabetes.
Ouida Wakefield, founder and executive director, remembers the uncertainty she faced when her young daughter was diagnosed with type I diabetes in 2002.
“At the time, I had no idea what diabetes was or how to care for her,” Wakefield said. “I did whatever I could and then we started a small support group with other children who had type I... From then it just grew and grew.”
From hosting support groups in a living room to its own resource center, the nonprofit now meets with around 75 affected families.
The annual fundraiser helps send children to diabetes camps, provides educational material for the center, provides supplies for those in need, and pays for experts leading support groups.
The race features three different options:
– The Fun Ride, a 17.5-mile course that is good for families and beginners. The course takes cyclers through the country as they follow Pass Road through the Buttes with one rest stop at the halfway mark. The start time is 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
– The Classic Ride, 40 miles for the more seasoned rider. This course follows the old stage coach route from Colusa to Sutter along Pass Road, with three rest stops along the way. The start time is from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m.
– The Century Ride, 100 miles designed for the avid rider with 60-mile and 40-mile loops and five rest stops along the way. The ride gives cyclers views of Meridian along the Sacramento River, and comes with a complimentary 5-minute post-ride massage. The start time is 6:30 a.m.- 7:55 a.m.
Each rest stop is stocked full of energy-boosting treats, Wakefield said, like potatoes, sandwiches, licorice, fruit, pretzels, peanuts, energy gel, water and Gatorade. Every rider must wear a helmet, and those under 18 need to sign a waiver.
The roads will be open to drivers, so Wakefield said it’s important for cyclers to ride in a single-file.
“Everybody needs to watch for each other,” she said.
So far, 600 cyclists are pre-registered for the event Saturday morning, and Wakefield is expecting 200 or 300 more the day of. And it will be great weather – sunny skies are forecast – and a beautiful backdrop for those who want to take part without jumping on a bike.
For $9, attendees can get a meal cooked up by Cool Hand Luke’s: a tri-tip and chicken combo, garlic red mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed green salad, a roll and a free drink. And $5 gets those 21 and over a glass of wine from Pete’s Brewhouse, or beer from Cool Hand Luke’s.
“It’s a lot of fun and there’s so many people from different areas,” Wakefield said. “You just come out and enjoy the day, support diabetes (research), meet new people, have a meal for $9.”
For more information, go online to bikearoundthebuttes.com, or call 763-4171.