Local event to benefit national foundationBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
The annual Folsom Powerhouse Century bike-ride will be held on April 29 with proceeds going to the National Parkinson Foundation.
Michael Ambrozewicz started organizing the event nine years ago when he was working with a friend who had Parkinson’s and he was inspired.
Ambrozewicz said there are three separate rides including the 100-mile challenge climb which begins at 6:30 a.m. for the more advanced cyclists; the 65-mile roller with a few climbs which begins at 7 a.m. for the more intermediate cyclists; and the 30-mile flat ride which begins at 8:45 a.m. for beginning cyclists.
The starting location for all three rides is at Mike’s Bikes, located at 705 Gold Lake Drive in Folsom.
Each year the event grows in size with more and more cyclists looking to enjoy a challenge. Last year the rain discouraged participants, Ambrozewicz said. He said he hopes this year to be a large turn out.
“The trail is very well marked with arrows everywhere,” he said. “It is a very beautiful ride. There are a lot of wild flowers and green grass. I have been on rides that will take you out in the middle of nowhere, but this ride is the opposite.”
Ambrozewicz said there will be rest stops for cyclists every so often with power bars, Gatorades and snacks.
Following the ride, there will be a barbecue and raffle provided at the Folsom Powerhouse Park. Meal items include burgers, potato salad, veggie burgers, chips, fresh strawberries from the strawberry farm and more, Ambrozewicz said.
Ambrozewicz said that not only is he looking forward to this year’s event, but next year’s as well as that will be the 10th anniversary.
Registration to participate in the ride is $45. At the day of the event, registration rises to $55. To pre-register, go to Mike’s Bikes in Folsom from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28.
For more information, go to folsompowerhousecentury.com or call Ambrozewicz at 916-390-8506.
“We are looking forward to the community coming out to support a great cause,” Ambrozewicz said. “The best thing about this event is people don’t have to travel far. It is right here in Folsom.”