Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club

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The Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club
proudly presents
The 42nd Cinderella Classic ® & Challenge
Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Registration opens January 24, 2018

Cinderella Classic Route
This unique bicycle tour for women of all ages and abilities winds through Amador, Livermore, Diablo, and San Ramon Valleys. The Classic route is a metric century (65 miles/105k) and is mostly flat with a few moderate hills. From the start at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, the ride circles south through Pleasanton, out through the vineyards of Livermore, then north and along the base of beautiful Mt. Diablo to Danville, where it turns south and winds back to the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Charming Princes will be at three rest/food stops along the way, with a cold lunch at the second. Our SAG service patrols the entire route to provide rider assistance if required. A Cinderella Classic ride patch is awarded to every rider. Leave your Prince Charming at home and enjoy a special day!  
The Cinderella Challenge
The Challenge route is for experienced and extra-conditioned riders only. It includes an additional 20 miles and almost 2,000 feet of climbing. At mile 25 you turn east and climb Patterson Pass, then enjoy a six-mile steep rapid descent into the valley. Making a loop, you return via Midway, Altamont Pass, Carroll, North Flynn and the great descent of South Flynn, after which you rejoin the Classic route ten miles before the lunch stop. Riders will be monitored onto the route and given a Challenge route sheet. There will be a water/refreshment/Challenge award stop at Midway and Grant Line. Entry to the Cinderella Challenge route turn off
will close at 10:30 am!

WOMEN and GIRLS ONLY! - No male riders allowed on the course

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 (rain or shine, no make-up day!, no refunds)

Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
From I-680: traveling North or South take Bernal Ave. exit, go East on Bernal Ave., turn left on Valley Ave., turn right into Fairgrounds at Gate #12. Follow Signs. Park as directed.
From BART: (approximately 5 miles) Turn right upon exiting the station, bear right into parking lot at the end of the walkway and exit onto Willow Rd., cross Stoneridge, turn right on West Las Positas, turn left on Hopyard, turn right on Valley Ave., left into Fairgrounds, Gate #12. Follow Signs. Park as directed.
Cost: $TBD - Advanced registration only - Includes Fairground parking, Cinderella patch, Food, SAG support, plus post ride refreshments and Expo. A route map and wrist band will be provided. No refunds.

Registration closes April 10th or 
when the rider limit is reached.

On April 10th all registered riders will receive a Cinderella Confirmation Email. Print-out and bring the Confirmation Email AND a legal picture ID to rider check-in on April 8th. Registration tables are set-up alphabetically. Find the registration table that matches your last name. We will provide a pre-printed release/waiver at your registration table. After you sign your release/waiver, you will receive your rider number, wrist band, and route map. If you forget to bring proper ID, your ride start may be delayed.

Time: Gates open at 5:45 a.m. Rider Check-in open between 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ALL RIDERS MUST BE ON THE COURSE BY 9:00 a.m. Cinderella is NOT a Race. Course closes at 5:00 p.m. If you are still on the course, you will be SAG'd to the finish.

Support: There will be SAG support patrolling the route if you need assistance. Rest stops will have fruit, drinks and snacks, plus a cold lunch will be served at mid-point. Soup and food is served at the end of the ride.

Family/Friends: Your spouse, family and friends are welcome to meet you at the finish and all are invited to The Cinderella Expo where bicycle manufacturers, clothing suppliers and women’s organizations will have booths.
Important Reminders
Ride safely and obey the rules of the road

Bicycles are under the same rules
of the road as motor vehicles.
  • Be safe, be courteous... This is a ride, not a race.
  • Helmets are required.
  • No headphones, ear buds, or other listening devices.
  • Police Departments in all towns and cities along the route and the Highway Patrol are aware of this ride. They will be patrolling the route for your safety and looking for traffic violations.
  • Obey all "Rules of the Road' as printed in the California Vehicle Code. A bicycle is a vehicle and subject to vehicle law.
  • Obey all signal lights and stop signs.
  • Share the road with cars and leave their share clear for safe driving.
  • Ride close to the right edge of the road.
  • Ride single file, particularly when traffic is present.
  • Signal your turns and point out hazards to other cyclists.
  • Pass other cyclists on the left only and call out "passing left"
  • Riders should carry an extra tube, patch kit, tools, and Identification.
The Cinderella Classic & Challenge is a 65/85-mile recreational bicycle ride (not a race) for women & girls only. Males do not ride Cinderella, they do the organization, support, rest stops and SAGs for the Cinderellas.

Prepare your bike! Please check your bike, or ask your local bike shop to give it a once-over before you arrive. You want to make certain that all components (brakes, tires, wheels, derailleur, etc.) are ready for this ride. The Valley Spokesmen will not inspect your bicycle and are not responsible for its condition. There will be at least one local bike shop on hand to assist you with any minor mechanical problems you might encounter.

A Cinderella Classic route sheet will be provided, and the road will be marked where possible with pink arrows.

Cinderella in Jeopardy

It is becoming increasingly difficult to get permission from counties, cities and towns to stage The Cinderella Classic/Challenge. Why? Increased traffic, development and complaints of Cinderella riders not obeying traffic laws and abusing the privilege of sharing the road by riding 2 and 3 abreast in the traffic lanes. Monitor your Cinderella riders for safety, and help keep us on the road.

Ride-a-Longs Jeopardize Cinderella
Our rider numbers are limited by the police departments and cities we ride through. Your rider number number is their requirement and is monitored by them. If you are not registered, please do not ride the Cinderella route. Don't be the one to cause the termination of this ride. Thanks for your cooperation.

Additional information

For additional information or to find expert answers to all your questions, send an e-mail to our Cinderella Classic Team at

Club founding members Bob and Bonnie Powers at 925-828-5299, or our Prince Charming, Jim at 925-209-1369.

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