Approximately 900 riders participated.
by Patricia Schallert
The “Cool Breeze Century“ bike ride, took place on August 19th with approximately 900 riders from cycling communities throughout Southern California. “Channel Islands Bicycle Club” and the “Kiwanis Club of Ventura Foundation” have partnered for over 20 years to host the “Cool Breeze Century”. Channel Island Bicycle Club is a nonprofit, recreational organization for beginning and experienced road bicyclists, providing enjoyable and safe rides in and around Ventura, Santa Barbara, and LA Counties. They also provide grants to improve and heighten the biking community, promote bicycling, encourage youth cycling, support other cycling programs, while encouraging ridership growth, and promoting safe cycling.
The Kiwanis Club of Ventura Foundation is a group of dedicated volunteers serving the needs of Ventura with an emphasis on youth and vulnerable adults, while providing its members opportunities for fellowship, leadership, and business relations. The Kiwanis also support students with special needs, scholarships, volunteers while supporting the Salvation Army, Pier Under the Stars, and other organizations.
Additional supporting sponsors can be found on coolbreezecentury.com
The event began with registration April 1, and provided five rides, one for everyone. The Classic Century was a 100-mile ride, which had the right number of hills and plenty of ocean. Hilly Century had more hills. Double Century with more hills and more distance, but is considered a “reasonable” ride. Metric Century was rather flat and shorter for those not quite ready for a Century and the Mini was listed as a fun 30 miles primarily along the ocean.
Over 100 friendly volunteers along each ride provided support, popsicles and water. Riders finished in historic downtown Ventura’s Mission Park and were treated to an after-ride buffet from Peirano’s and a no-host beer drinks. DJ Joe provided the music.
James Sears, a first time rider in the Cool Breeze ride, took the 30 mile Mini bike ride to Carpenteria and back. James suffered from a stroke 15 years ago but prior to his stroke, he had been riding his bike for 30 years. He was tired but is ready to ride the more challenging Century rides next year.