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|The Fire House - This route takes cyclists across the agricultural flatlands of the San Joaquin Valley via historic Garces Hwy 155, through to the settlement town of Woody. From the rest stop at the Firehouse and Historic settlement cabin, cyclists will turn around and descend back down Garces Hwy 155 to Memorial Park in Delano, CA. From there the riders will head back to the town of Allensworth. This is an up and back ride. Although most of this route is flat, riders will still experience some beautiful ranchlands at the base of the foothills.
This route is for INTERMEDIATE RIDERS
Century and Funride
| Sunday, June 9, 2013
|Where is Colonel Allensworth State Park Located?|
- Many former Colonel Allensworth Century Riders go on to become California Triple Crowners.
- Part of the Allensworth Ride is used by the California AMGEN Tour
|Routeslips, Roving SAG Support, Rest stops with refreshments, T-Shirt, Swag Bag BBQ lunch|
|Come Roll with the Colonel into the turn of the century early California. Ride across the agricultural farmlands of California's San Joaquin Valley into the beautiful foothills of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains.|
|The Ride: The Allensworth Century is a bike ride from Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park across the farmlands of California's San Joaquin Valley. Ride the beautiful foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains.|
|The ride will conclude with a Buffalo Soldier style BBQ lunch, celebration festival of the founding of Allensworth at the town's center. There will be interesting exhibits, great food, good music, arts and crafts. You can also tour the towns square, narrated by Friends of Allensworth docents.|
|ADVANCED CENTURY - (100+ miles) - NEW ROUTE!!! This route will take cyclists across the agricultural flatlands of the San Joaquin Valley via historic Garces Hwy 155, through to the historic settlement town of Woody. From the rest stop, cyclists continue their climb up through the mountains toward Glenville, CA via Hwy 155 to Granite Road. Cyclists will descend southbound back through the beautiful hillside rancheros of Woody via Old Stage Road.
There will be a stop in historic town of Ducor before heading back to the Allensworth Colony.
Riders will head back through the city of Delano northwest to the town of Allensworth. Riders will experience some of the most beautiful frontier countryside in the southern Sierras.
NOTE: Due to changes in elevation and weather and traffic, this route is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ADVANCED RIDERS or Experienced Century Riders.
|Who was Colonel Allen Allensworth?
Colonel Allen Allensworth was an Army chaplain the United States' 24th Infantry's infamous Buffalo Soldiers who teamed up with another gifted visionary named William Payne and upon his retirement created a colony of opportunity in early 1900s Central Valley California Read the Story
|Buffalo Soldiers Funride - This ALL FLAT out and back route takes cyclists through the farming communities of Delano. From the first rest stop in the orange groves cyclists will turn around and head back to the town of Allensworth. This is an up and back ride.
Bring your aerobars, your tandems (40 miles) This route is for BEGINNERS
In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established a town founded, financed and governed by African Americans. Their dream of developing an abundant and thriving community stemmed directly from a strong belief in programs that allowed blacks to help themselves create better lives. By 1910 Allensworth's success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.
An unavoidable set of circumstances made it impossible for the residents of this tiny town located 30 miles north of Bakersfield to achieve their founders' dreams over the long term. But the town did remain home to a handful of families and individuals throughout the 20th century, and true to the courage and resolve of its founders, the town has survived and persevered, earning the well-deserved title "The town that refused to die."
In 1974 California State Parks purchased land within the historical townsite of Allensworth, and it became Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Today a collection of lovingly restored and reconstructed early 20th-century buildings-including the Colonel's house, historic schoolhouse, Baptist church, and library-once again dots this flat farm country, giving new life to the dreams of these visionary pioneers.
With continuing restoration and special events, the town is coming back to life as a state historic park. The park's visitor center features a film about the site. A yearly rededication ceremony reaffirms the vision of the pioneers.
|Roll with the Colonel's Posse!
Cycling Jerseys Available
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|Colonel Allensworth State Park is located in California's Central Valley, north of Bakersfield and south of Fresno, CA between highways I-5 and 99 on CA Hwy 43 (Info) & Directions|
|After the Ride|
|Colonel Allensworth State Park is located in California's Central Valley in the county Tulare near the Kern & Tulare county line. Come visit a piece of California history. For More Ride Info Contact Us or (323)810.0141|
|The Host hotel for the Allensworth Century and Funride is the Holiday Inn Express located in Delano, CA located just off the 99 fwy at County Line Road - 2222 Girard Street, Delano, CA (661) 725-7272
Other hotels in the area:
- Best Western Liberty Inn - 14394 County Line Road, Delano, CA 93215
- Roadway Inn - 2211 Girard Street, Delano, CA 93215
- Pioneer Motor Inn - 1001 Garzoil Ave. Delano, CA 93215, (661) 725-7488
- America's Best Value Inn- Delano, 2231 Girard Street, Delano, CA 93215
Food, gasoline and convenience stores nearby and close to north and south freeway entrance/exits.
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