50 Nova Albion Way
San Rafael, California

The Marin Cyclist Bike Club invites you to participate in the ultimate Northern California Classic Marin Century, The Mt Tam Century, the Mt Tam Double and other endurance rides sponsored by The Marin Cyclists.

The 2008 rides are scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2008. The rides will start and finish at Valencito Middle School, 50 Nova Albion Way in San Rafael, Ca..
There are 5 ride options to choose from in 2008. All 5 rides have some hills to climb but as long as you have done some training and are reasonably fit, there should be a challenge here for everyone. Please note however, that the Mt Tam Century and Mt Tam Double Century are technical, climbing centuries with long ascents and rapid decents and should only be attempted by competent, experienced riders. All rides start and finish at the same location, however since this is not a timed event, there will be no official "start time." There will be a initial start for the Double Century riders at 5am. With other rides going off from 6am - 9am. We encourage participants to gather and ride with old friends and new groups for added safety and fun. Please review the specific check-in times for your ride.

All the rides go through the best scenery in Marin. From the rolling hills, to Mt Tam, to the Coast and back, there really is no better way to enjoy this part of No. California than on this well supported, group ride. Each year we focus on putting on an enjoyable, safe ride. This year you can expect more CHP at major intersections aiding with traffic and bicycle safety. In addition we provide detailed course maps, well marked turns, and SAG/Saftey vehicles for unexpected events. It is however the responsibility of the rider to have a well maintained bicycle, all necessary repair equipment including a pump, extra tubes, sunscreen, and enough power gel and water to make it between aid stations. Riding in a group is suggested, and helmets are always mandatory.

It is a requirement that riders obey all traffic laws. That means STOPPING at all stop signs. CHP will ticket and has ticked before. Riders also need to watch speed limits. CHP has and will ticket riders for speeding. Also, iPODS or other MP3 or Radios if worn while cycling are extremely DANGEROUS and the rider may be cited by CHP! For your safety and the safety of others, don't use your iPod while riding!

Riders should return from 12 noon to 10 pm, with most getting back from 1pm-5pm. At the finish of the ride there will be outside rinse-off showers available. Also, each rider will receive a fantastic lunch for which the Marin Century is well known. Items may include BBQ Chicken, Pizza, Salad, Fruit, Dessert, Soda and more. This is enjoyed in a festive, party atmosphere including music, videos and the Marin Century Bike Expo showcasing cycling related products and services, both local and national.

Finally, the Mt Tam Double is part of the California Triple Crown Series. Special rules apply to the riders wishing to receive credit for this ride.

Official Website: http://www.marincyclists.com/century/

Added by coda on January 16, 2008