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The EL Dorado Adventure Loop has
the Perfect Drop Off Point…
 …with access to hundreds of miles of trails suitable for both mountain biking and road cycling. You can also ride the roads along the river, cross some of the many bridges or challenge one of the loops trails, with climbs from 2000 to 5000 feet. For more information on trails and groups, visit the sites below.

Highway 49 is part of the Amgen Tour going through a Biking1portion of the Adventure Loop. The route used by this tour joins up with the adventure loop in Cool and breaks away from highway 49 and the Adventure Loop, traveling down through Salmon Falls (a scenic route in itself). The Adventure Loop continues on 49 down to Coloma, making a left turn up Marshal Grade, known for its 5 mile long 10% grade. In all you’ll climb 3,762 vertical feet over the loop which is 50 kilometers and returns you to Cool. There’s a second loop is 101 kilometers continues on to Placerville and returns up  highway 193 to Cool through Georgetown with a vertical climb of 6,036 feet vertical, longer and more challenging. These are only some of the road bike routes, but there are many more.

Road Cycling Trips & Clubs

Bike Trails in Folsom  – Photos of riders and construction on the trails in Folsom, and a link to a PDF of the extensive City of Folsom Bike Trail Map.

Central California Cycling  – Lists Richard’s favorite bike rides, including the Coloma to Camino bike rider east on 193Century. Each ride link connects to a general description of the ride. The rides are configured for road bikes (no off-road routes). Most rides offer Century (~100 mile) and shorter options.

Sacramento Bike Hikers – The oldest continually active cycling club in the Sacramento area, founded in 1968. Their focus is on recreational and tour cycling. Has photos, club ride and tour lists along with history and an online mailing list.

Sacramento Valley Cycling  – Providing links to Northern California bike clubs, centuries and events, regional information, announcement, touring, Sacramento information, weather and bookstore.

Sacramento Wheelman  – A non-profit organization for cycling and related activities based in Sacramento. The club was formed over 30 years ago and currently has over 700 members. It is well known for sponsoring the annual Sierra Century, a premier cycling event in northern California.

Mountain Biking Trails & Guides

Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) – This mountain biking group has three goals: maintain local trails, keep the public informed and ride. Site has info on group rides, trail maps, trail work parties, club meetings, photos of rides, advocacy issues and quarterly newsletter.

Mike’s Favorite Mountain Bike Rides – Includes a description and photographs of a 16-mile out and back trail ride from Salmon Falls Road down to Salmon Falls Bridge, plus links to many northern California rides.

California Expeditions (530–863–3919) — Mountain biking is a growing sport and one that can accommodate many different age ranges, skill levels and endurance abilities. Right here in El Dorado County we have the range of trails to meet what ever riding needs you have. California Expeditions and their expert guides will take you riding on a trail that fits your budget and gives you the maximum amount of enjoyment. located in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range it is important to look around on your ride.

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