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Paso Pedals: Great Western Bicycle Rally

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    Great Western Bicycle Rally
    A Central Coast spin is on the roads 'round Paso Robles from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25.

    ALL BIKES ALL THE TIME: It can seem, when May arrives, that our collective thoughts turn not to begonias and barbecues and other pleasures of the outdoors but to one "b"-fronted word in particular: bicycling. Thank warmer days or thank the summertime schedules popping up or thank the special, multi-week events (like Nevada County's nearly two-month-long bike event) or thank the AMGEN Tour of California, which always rolls down the Golden State in the middle of May. Thank all of those things, but then lift your kickstand and get busy bicycling, because the halcyon days of springtime don't last forever and fine afternoons must be seized. Paso Robles shall be seizing fine afternoons, several of them, from May 22 to May 25, when the Great Western Bicycle Rally returns to the Central Coast burg. Tempted by the idea of taking in some of the wine country-sweet vistas in the area, the usually perfect temps, and that laid-back Paso spirit? Then don your helmet and pedal for...

    THE PASO ROBLES EVENT CENTER: It isn't just a bike bash but a food bash as well. Of course, hello, this is a town that likes things pretty dang tasty, so a Wine, Cheese & Pasta Feast and a barbecue on the final day and pies from Pacific Pizza are all on the savory end of the schedule. As far as the pedaling part of the rally goes, you can head out to a local goat farm "and learn how cheese is made, pasture to plate!" Yep, there's a creamery tour in the bargain, too, so hooray that. There's a ride to Hearst Castle, and if that isn't lovely enough (it totally is, no argument there), there's a beachy clam bake to round things out. And is there a Garlic Lovers Ride? Hoo boy. If handlebar action and hotness in the mouth are two of your most favorite experiences, you're in some luck. There's a Hot Springs ride, too, in case the muscles need some soaking, which they will.

    FOR ALL THE THEME-FUN RIDES... and rally must-knows, turn your front wheel in this direction.