Looking for a bike ride? Look no further

By: Matt Long
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If you enjoy long bike rides, the Folsom Powerhouse Century is for you. On Saturday nearly 200 hundred riders will ride to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation, choosing either a 30-mile ride from Folsom toward Loomis, a 62-mile ride heading to Auburn or a 100-mile run to Grass Valley. This is the first year of the event and Mike Ambrozewicz of Fair Oaks, who is the event’s coordinator, said it will be around for a long time. “Right now we’ve got about 200 riders signed up, but we’re going to grow and I bet we’ll have at least 500 riders next year,” Ambrozewicz said. “We didn’t really reach outside of the area this year, but next year we will.” Ambrozewicz started a cycling club consisting mostly of Folsom residents about 18 months ago and expanded that to a US Cycle Tour Club about eight months ago. A group of 20 men and women have committed to ride 3,400 miles from San Francisco to New York City next year. Part of the money raised from the Folsom Powerhouse Century will go to this club, while the other part will go to the National Parkinson Foundation. Saturday’s rides will feature a rolling start beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing through 8 a.m. All three rides will start and finish in front of Bicycles Plus in Folsom. The 100-mile ride will feature a one-mile time trial, in which the winning male and female will receive an award following the ride. Interested participants can register on-line at Registration costs $45 or if you register on race day, it’s $55.