Muir’s Ride to Restore Hetch Hetchy Announced: Unique Opportunity for Cyclists from July 31st to August 3rd

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Guided fund-raising ride covers 200 miles from Oakland to Yosemite’s Hetch Valley in four days; Muir’s Ride marks 100th anniversary of decision to clear-cut and flood Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley

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The first annual Muir’s Ride offers a unique opportunity for 30 bike enthusiasts to participate in a fully-guided bike tour that covers over 200 miles -- all while continuing a mission started by John Muir over 100 years ago

Muir’s Ride, a new addition to the annual Muir’s March backpacking treks, was announced today by Restore Hetch Hetchy. Marking the 100th anniversary of the federal government’s decision to clear-cut and flood Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, the fundraising ride celebrates John Muir’s first journey by foot to Yosemite. Covering over 200 miles, Muir’s Ride starts at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland and ends at O’Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival at Hetch Hetchy, riders will meet up with Muir’s Marchers returning from five separate backpacking trips in the backcountry of Yosemite. Muir’s Ride is professionally guided and supported by a team from the highly regarded CCSD Sport Event.

“The first annual Muir’s Ride offers a unique opportunity for 30 bike enthusiasts to participate in a fully-guided bike tour that covers over 200 miles from San Francisco to Yosemite’s drowned Hetch Hetchy valley -- all while continuing a mission started by John Muir over 100 years ago to restore what he described as ‘one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples,” said Mike Marshall, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy. “Cyclists raise funds and ride for free in this SAG-supported scenic ride which supports the campaign to bring John Muir’s beloved Hetch Hetchy Valley back to life.”

Muir’s Ride is part of non-profit group Restore Hetch Hetchy’s ongoing mission to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural splendor, while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River. In 1913, the federal government approved San Francisco's request to clear-cut and flood the valley for use as a reservoir, despite the urgent pleas of Muir and other wilderness-lovers. The decision prompted the creation of the National Park Service and the international environmental conservation movement.

Muir’s Ride, which begins on Wednesday, July 31st, follows a challenging but beautiful route from Oakland over the coast range, across the San Joaquin Valley, through the Sierra Foothills where it will end on Saturday August 3rd at the grand entrance to Yosemite Valley’s twin in Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy Valley. The ride covers between 60 and 90 miles each of the first three days, with the last day covering 18 miles. Riders have the opportunity to enjoy a cross-section of California, navigate some stunning and remote back roads on the final approach to Yosemite, and cruise a spectacular downhill run to Hetch Hetchy. The ride is limited to 30 riders. All experienced riders are invited to participate and a training regimen for the ride will be provided by CCSD.

Muir’s Ride includes all meals, morning and afternoon SAG stops, SAG ride and tech support, hotel accommodations, camping at Yosemite National Park and transport back to San Francisco, as well as fundraising support. The fundraising minimum is $1400.

The ride is organized in conjunction with Muir’s March, a series of fundraising treks that enable backpackers to experience Yosemite National Park’s pristine wilderness in a unique way, taking them on a journey through the beauty of Yosemite National Park’s less-traveled trails. The treks literally and figuratively follow in John Muir’s footsteps, accommodate a range of backpacking experience and fitness levels, and are open to anyone who can raise a minimum of $100. The treks will converge August 3rd and meet up with Muir’s Riders atop the O'Shaughnessy Dam. Family members of Muir’s Riders are encouraged to register for the Wapama Stroll, the one-day hike at Hetch Hetchy on August 3rd.

Prospective Muir’s Riders can register or get more information by visiting http://www.muirsride.org or by calling 415-956-0401.

For more information about Muir’s March go to http://www.muirsmarch.org

*Fundraising requirements vary according to 5 hike lengths, from $100 to $1900. Hikes are 1, 4, 5 and 7 days in length.

ABOUT RESTORE HETCH HETCHY: The mission of Restore Hetch Hetchy is to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.

IMAGES: High-resolution digital photographs of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, both before and after its flooding, and broadcast-quality video footage of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are available upon request.

INTERVIEWS: We will gladly arrange interviews with Restore Hetch Hetchy Executive Director Mike Marshall and guides from CCSD.

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Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340, melanie@mwebbcom.com

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