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Fourth annual Folsom Powerhouse Century Ride slated for April 28

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The fourth annual Folsom Powerhouse Century Ride hosted by the US Cycle Tour Club will be held April 28. This event benefits the National Parkinson Foundation and offers cycling enthusiasts of all levels of interest to join in a fun, worthwhile cause. Parkinson’s is an incurable disease that inflicts on average, 1 in 100 people by age 60. The event founder and President of the US Cycle Tour Club, Mike Ambrozewicz, lost his father to Parkinson’s and has chosen the National Parkinson Foundation as the beneficiary of this event. About four years ago when Ambrozewicz was looking to purchase a bike and thinking about creating this event, he visited Bicycles Plus in Folsom and spoke to owner, John Crews. Crews, who also has Parkinson’s, offered to support Ambrozewicz vision of the Folsom Powerhouse Century and has been the key event sponsor since its beginning. “The moment I met John I knew that this event was a must and many lives would be enriched because of the support and knowledge that an event like this would bring,” Ambrozewicz said. Starting out the event will be a pre registration opportunity from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday night where participants can also enjoy a collection of vintage bikes at the Historic Folsom Bike Night next to Bicycles Plus, located at 705 Gold Lake Drive, #320, Folsom. Registrants may vote on the best of show vintage bike and kit (outfit) exhibits. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. For information about entering a bike in the show, call Mike Ambrozewicz at 390-8506. On Saturday, the ride begins and ends at Bicycles Plus. Cyclists can choose a 30-, 65- or 100-mile route which will travel through the New Castle countryside to the Loomis basin, into the Gold Rush countryside and onto the breathtaking views of the snowcap Sierra mountain range. Following the ride, participants are invited to a lunch and reception at the Historic Folsom Powerhouse State Park, which houses one of the oldest hydroelectric facilities in the world and provided electricity throughout Sacramento from 1895 to 1952. Registration is $45 in advance and $55 on the day of the event. Group discounts are also available - $5 off each registration for teams of 5 or more and $10 off for groups of 10 or more. Event T-shirts are also available for $12. Day of registration opens at 6 a.m. Online registration is open until midnight April 27. Start times: 100-mile run, 6:30 a.m., 65-mile ride, 7 a.m. and 30-mile ride – 7:30 a.m. To register go to folsompowerhousecentury.com or call Mike Ambrozewicz at 390-8506.