Sun City cyclists put on the mileage

Club leaves rocking chairs on the porch
By: Staff Report
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You see them, the bicyclists in yellow jackets, gray hair peeking out from their helmets, riding the roads and bike paths of the foothills of Placer County. For the most part you pass by them with hardly a glance. It might surprise you to know that these cyclists are members of a group that has ridden more than 780,700 miles over the past 13 years. The Sun City Roseville Cycling Club has amassed that impressive record since they began in 1997. “That’s a pretty impressive number,” says John Maloney, president of the club. The age range for members of this club is somewhere between 55 and 85. They are not professional racers, but social riders who ride anywhere from two to seven days a week. Some are competitive. Norm Boice, at age 70, road across the United States from the state of Washington. His total mileage for nine years is over 50,000. John Adkinson has logged over 60,000 miles in just under 10 years. Many other riders have accrued 25,000 to 30,000 miles since joining the club. With 150 members the club total mileage adds up quickly. Not all members try to achieve big mileage numbers; they ride for the pleasure of being out with other riders. This year the Cycling Club will be taking part in Cycle Oregon’s seven-day event. They will be joining 2,000 other riders starting in Medford, riding south to Yreka and back to Medford for a total of 420 miles. It’s not the first time this club has participated in Cycle Oregon. They also take their bikes for rides at Monterey and Guerneville annually. While cycling is the main focus of the club, community service plays a large part in the club activities. Each year Club members assist the City of Roseville with the annual Roseville Bike Fest. Approximately 20 members volunteer to teach children safe riding skills. Several members of the club helped with the flowers on Roseville’s float for the Rose Parade in Pasadena in January. One thing is clear; sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch is not an option for these retirees.