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Humboldt Hundred, August 9, Arcata, CA.(1 post)

Humboldt Hundred, August 9, Arcata, CA.Big-foot
May 29, 2003 6:12 AM
Come to California's North Coast to experience the Humboldt Hundred --- 100 miles of the most breath-taking scenery imaginable. If you missed riding the Tour of the Unknown Coast, here's your chance to still experience the wonders of Humboldt County, August 9, in the quaint seaside town of Arcata, home of Humboldt State University.

The 100-mile course starts with 16 flat miles through town and the coastal farmlands, before climbing through the giant redwoods of the coastal ridge. Riders "enjoy" over 9000' of climbing, enjoy fantastic views from atop Kneeland Mountain, cross over the Mad River, pass through historic native lands, and zip through the 1800's logging town of Korbel. Yeah, it's a tough one. BUT, by mile 68, all of the toughest climbs are done (visit the website for a profile).

The 100-kilometer course is 62 of the flattest miles you'll ever do, with just one very short hill at the start, and a steep but short one at (less than 1/2-mile) at about the middle. Along the way it goes around Arcata Bay, through historic old-town Eureka, and out to the trail-head of the Elk River Headwaters --- gateway to one of the largest remaining stands of old-growth redwood.

The 20 and 10 milers are easy family-oriented rides through the flat farmlands of the "Arcata Bottoms." Easy and scenic --- enjoy the views and wave at the cows.

There's plenty to do besides the rides, too. For those whose family, spouse etc. aren't riding, they can enjoy the Farmer's Market with it's variety of fresh food and street performers. Or they can visit the town's many unique shops, galleries and restaurants, or take in a movie, or visit the nearby Arcata Marsh to view wildlife and pick wild blackberries, or hike under the giant redwoods of the Arcata Community Forest. Whew! The list goes on and on!

For details visit www.humboldt100.com, or call (707)845-3095. Mountain bikers will also want to visit www.teambigfoot.net for our year-round calendar of mountainbike and cyclocross racing.