There are plenty of reasons we love our little town nestled in the foothills of Northern California. From a lush art scene to the gorgeous historic neighborhoods, there’s plenty to see and do, but one of the features that makes Chico truly shine is our thriving cyclist community and the events they organize for all to enjoy, namely the Wildflower Ride! Seasoned cyclists, novice riders, and anyone in between are invited to participate in one of the most memorable rides the north state has to offer.
What is the Wildflower Ride?
The Chico WIldflower ride is a community-filled cycling weekend, organized by the Chico Velo and ranked as a top ten century ride by Bicycling Magazine. This scenic bike ride through the foothills of our gorgeous Northern California grants riders the opportunity to tackle seven unique rides, ranging from the classic Wildflower 100 (that takes cyclists on a 97 mile tour of iconic sites like Honeyrun Rd. and beautiful blooming Table Mountain), to the daring Wildcat 125 — a feat in elevation for serious riders, to the leisurely and laid-back Flatflower 12.
What else can participants expect from the Wildflower Weekend?
Aside from the unbeatable scenery and the thrill of the ride, anyone in town for the Wildflower Weekend is encouraged to attend Wildfest, a free and open-to-all party to kick off the Wildflower Ride. Local food trucks, Sierra Nevada brews, and plenty of other enticing vendors, plus the opportunity to check in and take part in our lovely local community makes Wildfest a pre-ride party not to be missed!
How can I participate in the Wildflower Ride?
Clear your calendar for the last weekend in April, then head to the registration page and snag your spot in the ride. Now that you’re signed up, it’s time to plan your trip to Chico! If you’re visiting from out of town, you’ll need to arrange lodging, but Blixa has you covered! Choosing one of our superhost-ranked AirBnB stays promises plenty of amenities and home-away-from-home experiences to make your weekend as stress-free and memorable as possible. (Hint: our Seclusion on Sunset and Chico Countryside Home stays are both equipped with a hot tub for a post-pedaling soak!) Offering both small private suites and entire family homes, we can accommodate just about any type of traveling party.
What else is there to do in Chico, CA?
Extending your stay? We’re thrilled to have you! Other than the Wildflower ride, you’ll find all kinds of experiences offered in Chico that aren’t to be missed! Stay through the first week in May and join us for our first Thursday Night Farmer’s Market of the season. While you’re here, make sure to take advantage of hiking and biking trails in Bidwell park, or just enjoy a cruise through one of Chico’s countless bike-friendly neighborhoods. Grab a pint (or two!) and a bite from the Sierra Nevada taproom or saddle up to the locals at Duffy’s, a town-favorite watering hole.
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“Events/Rides.” Chico Velo, https://www.chicovelo.org/events.html.
“Routes.” CHICO VELO WILDFLOWER CENTURY, https://www.wildflowercentury.org/routes.html.