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New activities for June 19 Mile High 100 bike ride

Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce director Garn Pringle has announced two new elements to the 28th annual Mile High 100 Bike Ride line-up.

In addition to the traditional choice of three cycling distance courses for the Father’s Day weekend event, there will be a new disc jockey and cowboy poetry.

“Electric Power Entertainment DJ Service will be playing all of the hits from the ‘60s through to 2010,” Pringle said May 25.

He also said EPE would be on site in the Chester Park at the bandstand from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

“Riders and guests can expect to hear music styles from Waylon Jennings to Lady Gaga, the Beach Boys to the Backstreet Boys, from rock-and-roll to classic rock; EPE has a collection of music to meet everyone’s musical tastes,” he added.

He said the DJ service would fill music requests and plans to blend with the atmosphere of the event throughout the afternoon.

William Kreth, our DJ for this event, is out of Portola and is very excited to be involved with the Mile High 100 this year,” said Pringle.

Tony Argento promises to be very entertaining with “Tuned Up and Twisted Cowboy Poetry as he delivers his version of many Wild West stories, along with his own sound effects and personal slant on life.

He will be doing 30-minute sets throughout the afternoon and it’s very likely he will have our guests thoroughly amused and even participating in his act,” said Pringle. “This should prove a real change of pace and should be enjoyed by everyone who is the park after the ride.”

Other activities

The Mile High 100 will also feature Kathy Reierson, certified massage therapist, who will be present to provide massages throughout the afternoon of the event.

“After a long bike ride, and for a very nominal fee, Kathy can relieve the soreness in those leg muscles or unwind your shoulders,” Pringle said.

The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge will again dish up the delicious Mile High 100 spaghetti feed to all participants. Community members are welcome to join in. A donation of $7 will buy diners a full meal of spaghetti, salad, sourdough bread and dessert.

As a side note, Pringle and co-chairs Doug Self, Joanie Kielty and Filip Laboda have championed a fundraiser to help offset the cost of the event and to work towards the sustainability of the chamber organization.

Through the generosity of Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports, a Gary Fisher 24-speed mountain bike is up for grabs and will be given away to the lucky ticket holder at 4 p.m. the day of the event, Saturday, June 19.

Pringle said, “You need not be present to win. It’s not too late to get your ticket for the drawing at either the chamber office or even at the Chester Park June 19. See you there!”

Cycling choices

Mile High 100 participants have the choice of cycling 105, 55 or 34 miles.

The century ride of 105 miles is billed as a relatively easy ride by century standards. The route circles Lake Almanor and the peaceful Indian Valley.

The metric century is 55 miles and includes a ride to the Warner Valley area and around Lake Almanor. Experienced cyclists say this route is recommended for riders who want a challenging loop without the distance and bigger climbs of the full century.

The half-metric century offers a scenic ride around Lake Almanor and smaller challenges.

All rides begin and end in the Chester Park and registration is limited to the first 500 entries.

For more information, call the chamber office at 530-258-2426 or visit lakealmanorarea.com.

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