Even with 6 inches of rain during April, cyclists in both Calistoga and St. Helena had logged more than 23,000 miles and raised nearly $13,000 for both the St. Helena and Calistoga Family Centers.
The top cyclists for Calistoga continue to be Mark Le Roy (1,152 miles) and Iris Set, who has logged 1,121 miles. For St. Helena, Frank Saldivar had ridden 717 miles and three others had cycled more than 500 miles. Calistoga riders had tallied 12,509 miles, about 1,731 miles more than St. Helena riders, who rode 10,778 miles by Tuesday. The April Fools Challenge ends at midnight Friday.
Organizer Peter Potrebic said, “This year has gone way beyond my expectations. St. Helena has 67 registered riders and Calistoga has 55 registered riders. That is amazing.”
Calistoga’s awards dinner is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in the Calistoga Bikeshop on Lincoln Avenue. Potrebic said, “Sharing a meal in the shop is a perfect culmination to the month. It’s going to be a tight squeeze with all the riders, but Calistoga Bikeshop owner Brad Surh is committed to making it work.”
It is at that dinner that the Grand April Fool, the rider logging in the most miles, will be crowned. It figures either to be Le Roy or Set, a Hong Kong resident, who has spent the last two Aprils riding in Calistoga.
Two notable cyclists, Mayor Jack Gingles of Calistoga and Mayor Del Britton of St. Helena, have a bet on the total number of miles cyclists in each city will tally and it appears Gingles will win the bet. (Britton will have to wheel Gingles up and down Lincoln Avenue, buy him lunch and will lose $1.) But, Britton had logged 130 miles by mid-day Tuesday, while Gingles had ridden only 31 miles. Quite a few people have sponsored Britton if he reaches 150 miles.
Kristin Georges, the executive director of the St. Helena Family Center, said she looked at the standings (at www.bikingfools.org) on Monday and writes, “I can’t tell you how amazing it is that we have logged so many miles this month — just awesome!” The Awards Party will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the St. Helena Family Center, 1440 Spring St.
Potrebic said, “We’ve had such a great reception by St. Helena” and he said he hopes one or two of the participants will step up and offer to help organize the effort in St. Helena next year. “This year has the family center doing lots of the leg work. It’s my belief that this shouldn’t be the case,” he adds. “If you’ve had a blast participating, then please consider helping next year. This is exactly how I got started. The first year I just rode. The second year, I’ve helped and I’ve never looked back.”