After crossing Lake Oroville, which is pictured in the background, cyclists must grind out the 37-mile climb up to Bucks Lake before dropping back into Quincy. This climb must also be done in the heat of the afternoon with very little shade.
Many of the almost 200 cyclists that rode in the Summer Solstice Century last Saturday were full of praise for the event. "This ride's great," said a participant from Marin. "Everybody's so helpful and friendly." A considerable community effort went into the event, as 10 sponsors and more than 30 volunteers from the Quincy area supported the ride.
The century was a function of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and was headed up by Sarah Metzler and Kristie Fox. This was the seventh annual event, but only the second year the chamber has organized it. With an epic 137-mile loop, 13,400 vertical feet of climbing and scorching temperatures, most cyclists say the Summer Solstice Century is even harder than the wildly-popular Death Ride in Markleeville next week. As word gets out about the Summer Solstice Century, organizers expect the number of participants to jump in coming years.