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All Club Ride
Join us for a great ride with an informational stop at Chileno Valley Ranch the HQ of the Newt Brigade.
A neutral start for the first 10 miles out to the Ranch. Stop for snacks, water and information on what you can do to save these essential creatures. (*Bring an extra layer for yourself during the stop at the Chileno Valley Ranch, just in case. Please note there is no public restroom available at the ranch.)
Then you can either return to Petaluma the easy way back or carry on to Tomales with the pace group you best fit.
AB is no drop and we will wait for the group to come together at major turns You should be able to maintain an average pace of 12-14 mph over a 10 mile stretch of varying terrain.
BC is an average speed of 15-18 mph. This is not a no drop but you can fall back to the AB group if you are not keeping up.
Bringing awareness to the benevolent newts is the first step to helping them. Newts are in the Amphibia class and they are an important environmental indicator species of the health of our wetlands and forests. They are vital in restoring balance and harmony to our land. Sally Gale, founder and leader of the Chileno Valley Newt Brigade will be giving an informational talk at her ranch about these slow and gentle creatures who brave the predestined but deadly trek from their hillside habitat while crossing Chileno Valley Road every December to March, sometimes traveling up to 5 miles, to Laguna Lake to spawn and then back again after they breed and lay their eggs. This is a journey the newts have taken for thousands of years, long before roads were a thing. Without the Newt Brigade's intervention, they can be killed by the hundreds on any given warm rainy night getting runned over by cars during their perilous nightly passage. Climate change has also been a steady enemy to their population. Come on out to learn more about these noble amphibians, how the Chileno Valley Newt Brigade goes about saving them and ways you can get involved to help save them.
Sunday, November 13, 2022, 9:45 AM
Petaluma Blvd. South and E Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Special event Rides
Registration is required
Everyone must register to ride.
Helmets are always required
Follow all rules of the road.
Ride single file
Call out when passing.
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