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Most years, the Amgen Tour of California has bypassed West Sacramento. But back in 2007, riders sped through town as part of their Sacramento-area stage. Here, they round the corner from Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard on their way to the Tower Bridge (News-Ledger photo)

Most years, the Amgen Tour of California has bypassed West Sacramento. But back in 2007, riders sped through town as part of their Sacramento-area stage. Here, they round the corner from Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard on their way to the Tower Bridge (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 19, 2015 —

Cyclists in this year’s edition of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race will pass through West Sacramento twice on Sunday, May 10, after the race kicks off its first stage at the state capitol. There should be plenty of local spectator opportunities both in the morning as the racers get their start and in the afternoon as they approach the finish.

Stage 1 of the 724.1-mile race will both start and end at the capitol building. It starts at 11 a.m.

“After an initial crossing of the Sacramento River via the iconic Tower Bridge, the race will pass quickly through West Sacramento to River Road,” organizers reported today. “From here, the race will follow the winding Sacramento River through the small towns of Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. The stage’s fourth bridge crossing will take the race back over the river into Isleton.”

Later, the athletes will re-cross the river into Rio Vista and travel through Solano County, Davis, Woodland, and back to West Sacramento and across the Tower Bridge. The stage is measured at 127 miles.

Stage two carries the riders from Nevada City to Lodi, and following stages will take place all over the state.

The race finishes with Stage 8, ending at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on May 17.

The News-Ledger will bring more details of the exact local race route as the race approaches.

For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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Farm to fork, from the back of a trike

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough -- at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough — at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Collin Samaan is a 25-year old with a mild, friendly manner and a pair of dependable legs. His passions for bicycling and for fresh produce are married through “Veggie Trike,” a new venture designed to bring the “Farm to Fork” movement right up to the curb at local neighborhoods.

What’s on the back of the trike today?

“We have three different types of lettuce to form a buttery salad,” he said, lifting the lid on a cooler during a break on Park Boulevard. “We have garlic-infused sea salt – you get garlic and all your minerals in a great quality of salt. We have apples from Bodhaine Ranch. And rainbow chard, kale and eggplant from 5th and C Farms.”

That last selection refers to the pop-up urban farm now operating on a vacant lot at 5th and C streets in West Sacramento’s Broderick neighborhood.

“We also sell raw unfiltered honey from To Bee Young Apiaries.”

A family in an SUV pulled up alongside the Veggie Trike and asked if Samaan was selling eggs today. He replied that he wasn’t – to stock them on the trike would require refrigeration – but he later explained that he is happy to make special deliveries of things like fresh eggs and frozen Apple Hill pies, upon request.

“I work with Abbott Organics,” he added. “They are our ‘home farm.’ My wife, Aimee (Benner), is an employee there. I help there in the mornings.”

Then he loads up for his route, which brings him to West Sacramento several days a week since he and Aimee started the venture in August.

The “cargo trike” has a West Sacramento pedigree, with a connection to local resident and businessman John Lucas.

“I work on bikes,” said Samaan. “I met him and he invited me to learn how to weld with him. This trike was in his backyard. It had been built in China. We made quality out of this trike.”

“I said, ‘Let’s make use of it – I need to help Anne on her farm, and get the amazing things like the organic salt out to people.’”

Samaan hopes to set up the trike as a traveling produce stand during designated “lunch hours” in West Sacramento and at other locations like “La Bonne Soup” in Sacramento. He’s looking for possible locations, possibly near this city’s community center and city hall.

And he’s happy to take special orders for delivery.

“The coolest thing is that I would love to deliver anytime,” he commented. “Give me a phone call or text or message.”

To find him, or to place a special order, you can do an internet search for “Veggie Trike” or find it on Facebook.

Samaan said running the trike is a pretty economical, low-overhead operation:

“An apple an hour is all I need.”

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Arrest made in yesterday’s shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 19, 2014 —

West Sacramento police announced last night that they have made an arrest in the Tuesday morning shooting near Proctor Avenue and Sycamore Street.

In custody is Michael Reyes, Jr., a 24-year old from West Sacramento. He will be booked on attempted murder, reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman.

Further details have not been released.

An unidentified man on bike was shot from a passing car in the Tuesday morning incident. He was hit several times and his condition was not reported to the media.

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West Sac police looking for citizen volunteers to patrol on bikes

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department is creating police bike patrols as well as well as new, supportive bike patrols made up of volunteers, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

The trained volunteers will operate under the “Volunteers in Policing,” or VIP, program banner.

“The programs are designed to increase visibility and accessibility to the community,” said Schroeder in a press statement. “The bicycle teams will patrol city streets, bike trails, parks, and the Broderick Boat Ramp, in addition to providing assistance with special functions and community outreach.”

There are some differences in how the “sworn” and “unsworn” bike officers operate:

“The VIP teams serve the community by reporting suspicious activity and assisting in crime fighting measures,” said Schroeder. “The sworn police bike team has many advantages over traditional methods of patrol, including increased mobility to patrol areas not accessible to cars, and increased availability to the community.”

The teams will also be more valuable as the city increases its urban trail system, said Schroeder.

The police department hopes to recruit about 20 volunteers to train for the VIP bike unit. Those interested should contact Martha Griffin at (916) 617-4988, or pick up an application at the department’s headquarters, 550 Jefferson Boulevard. Or visit the department’s Facebook page.

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Cyclocross: a new West Sac tradition?

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6 (News-Ledger photo)

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday exceeded its organizers’ expectations. They hope to bring the riverfront race back in future years – perhaps even turning it into a fixture on the international cycling calendar.

Organizer Matthew Hargrove downplays his own abilities – he placed 38th in the “single speed bike” category on Saturday – but is bullish on the temporary River Walk Park racecourse site. The designers “cut a diamond out of the park.” he said, fashioning a convoluted, roped-off course up and down the grass on the riverfront.

“We think we have the raw material in that park to put this event on the national or international circuit,” said Hargrove.

Spectators on the “grand staircase” near the ziggurat building had a great view of most of the action, with Old Sacramento as a backdrop.

Each race lap was 1.7 miles.

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.  (Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

The winner in the men’s “elite” division, 27-year old Anthony Clark of Massachusetts, managed to complete 11 laps in just under 56 minutes.

Elite women’s winner Rachel Lloyd of Fairfax finished eight laps in 43:31, followed closely by one of the event’s founders, 35-year old Emily Kachorek of Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek -- who helped develop the event -- sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.   (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek — who helped develop the event — sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Other people key in creating the new event were Kachorek’s husband, Pete Knudsen, and Marty Woy of The Bicycle Business, reported Hargrove. West Sacramento’s Bryan Miller put in a lot of work in designing its graphics. The Chamber of Commerce also pitched in.

Hargrove said his group had a strategy in creating a West Sacramento cyclocross race at this time of year and at this location.   The event came four days ahead of today’s “Cross Vegas” competition in Las Vegas.

“Part of the reason for doing this race is really to take advantage of our proximity to Las Vegas and to use this perfect site,” he told the News-Ledger. “’Cross Vegas’ is a grass course almost exactly like we have, and it’s also a hot dry climate. We hoped to get a some of the pros coming into Cross Vegas, with its humungous prize purse, to come here first and do a tune-up.”

That worked pretty well on Saturday, he hoped.

“It was two and a half-times bigger than expected. This year, we hit where we hoped we’d be in year three. This was an awesome event.”

Hargrove reports that seven women in the elite field in West Sacramento had the credential of “world tour points” from the cyclocross governing association, as did four of the 25 riders in the men’s elite division.

Meanwhile, anybody who wanted to was able to take a lap around the course at the beginning of the day before the racing started. At one point, said Hargrove, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was pedaling around the course next to some ranked cyclists and a child.

“You had professional athletes out there riding the course slowly, memorizing the course and figuring out their ‘line,” he explained.

Saturday’s racing included a novice division, masters and youth racing, and a one-lap kids’ race.

Hargrove said that, besides being an amateur cyclocross enthusiast, he had another motive for helping to launch the local “Grand Prix”:

“My real motive was to make West Sacramento look awesome on the national cyclocross scene,” he said.

Check out a competitor’s-eye video of the event, taken by West Sacramento’s Greg Price, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBbRdJrQmo

Race results are at: http://www.timeyourrace.com/GCX/2014Results.htm

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Cyclocross — a bike sport involving mud and obstacles — comes to West Sac riverfronton Sept 6

  West Sacramento’s Jack Hargrove, 13, trains for next month’s cyclocross event near the ziggurat.  Cyclocross bikes are related to road racing bikes but with bigger tires and other adaptations. Competitors must often carry their bikes over obstacles and impassable terrain on a cyclocross course.  (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba.)

West Sacramento’s Jack Hargrove, 13, trains for next month’s cyclocross event near the ziggurat. Cyclocross bikes are related to road racing bikes but with bigger tires and other adaptations. Competitors must often carry their bikes over obstacles and impassable terrain on a cyclocross course. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba.)

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

FOOD TRUCKS, BEER FOR SALE AND LIVE MUSIC ALSO AT THE SITE NEAR THE ‘ZIGGURAT’ BUILDING —

The sport of “cyclocross” is coming to the West Sacramento riverfront on Sept 6.

West Sacramento’s Matthew Hargrove joined with the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in announcing that bicycle racers of all levels are invited to sign up for the action, which begins at 10:15 a.m. at 651 Second Street, along the Riverwalk Park.

Cyclocross “is a form of bicycle racing where competitors race laps around a course featuring grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand and obstacles.” Winners are determined by elapsed time.

The inaugural West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix will take place on a closed course between the I Street and Tower bridges. Over 250 competitors are expected, and will give out cash and prizes for winners. There will be beginner’s races and “professional/expert” races.

Admission is free to spectators. There will be a pair of local bands, “Pets” and “Sneeze Attack!,” performing throughout the day, as well as food and drinks for sale from Bike Dog Brewery, DogTown and California Love Truck.

Sponsors include Cedaron.

To register, visit https://timeyourrace.com/GCX/RegMain.asp.

For more information, contact Hargrove at (916) 248-9533 or matthewhargrove@msn.com, or Meaghan Pierelli at 371-7042 or Meaghan@mail.westsacramentochamber.com.

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‘Tour de West Sac’ citizens poke around some city hot spots on two wheels

CHRIS LEDESMA (towards right, with dark shirt) makes a point about the Michael McGowan Bridge now under construction on South River Road. The bridge will first connect South River Road, and later connect with Village Parkway in Southport. (News-Ledger photo)

CHRIS LEDESMA (towards right, with dark shirt) makes a point about the Michael McGowan Bridge now under construction on South River Road. The bridge will first connect South River Road, and later connect with Village Parkway in Southport. Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 4, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Close to 50 people joined West Sacramento city councilman Chris Ledesma on Saturday, May 31, for the “Tour de West Sac,” an informal bike tour of some of the town’s new and soon-to-be-new highlights.

The group departed from Nugget market in Southport. Using the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and local roads, they visited the bridge now under construction on South River Road, the Bridge District, Broderick restaurant, Sycamore Trail and Bike Dog Brewery.

The News-Ledger met up with the group at the construction site of the Michael McGowan Bridge, a span that will soon cross the barge canal on South River Road.

Ledesma explained to the crowd that the land was formerly owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the $12 million bridge will first connect both halves of South River Road across the waterway, and later will connect with Village Parkway.

“It will be another arterial from north to south,” said Ledesma. “It will have bike lanes on it, and we are doing plumbing and wiring to accommodate a streetcar.”

Ledesma also made reference to a long-awaited new bridge the other direction: one running east to west, connecting West Sacramento to I-5 and Sacramento. He said that such a bridge – long opposed by Sacramento leaders – is now in the works, and this planned “Broadway Bridge” will probably land north of the bridge site, near where a Clark Pacific cement plant tower near stands.

The plant’s site, the acreage near the McGowan Bridge and much of the rest of the city’s industrial riverfront will eventually transition to more urban-style uses, said Ledesma.

And as a note of trivia, Ledesma added that West Sacramento-based Clark Pacific is the same company now fabricating pieces of the striking new “spaceshippy” headquarters for Apple in Cupertino. Clark Pacific also has a plant in Woodland.

After the brief chat at the bridge, Ledesma and his informal tour group – men, women, children and babies in trailers – pedaled north on South River Road, heading under the freeway for the rest of their tour.

 

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