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Bikes and brews at Bishop Ranch

East Bay’s sixth annual V3 bike ride and Hopfest returns to San Ramon

The East Bay’s sixth annual V3 Hopfest bike ride and craft brewery festival will be returning Saturday to Bishop Ranch, featuring a day of beer, bikes and the San Ramon Valley’s scenic beauty.

Hosted by the Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Club, the two-part event includes four scenic courses residents can ride their bikes, craft breweries from across the state, live music and gourmet food trucks.

Interested bikers can chose between a variety of routes based on their level of skill and fitness, with routes ranging in length from 15 and 30 to 60 miles and for the truly committed, 100 miles. All four established routes begin and end at Bishop Ranch, 2600 Camino Ramon, and take riders through various course that highlight the scenic beauty of the San Ramon Valley.

This year's 60- and 100-mile rides will be concurrent for the first 29 miles, and will offer riders a serious challenge. The century-mile route takes riders along some of the region's best wineries and vineyards, north through Danville, before turning east toward Tracy. The route then loops through Livermore and Pleasanton, taking riders back to Bishop Ranch, hopefully with time enough left for a beer.

The 15/30-mile routes are only moderately challenging, and shouldn't give a semi experienced bike rider much trouble. On the 30 mile course racers will travel through Dublin to south Pleasanton and back again, while those on the 15-mile route will take a scenic journey through the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Area.

After the ride attendees are encouraged to drink back all of those lost calories at the sixth annual Hopfest, which will feature over 20 of California’s best craft breweries. Gourmet food trucks and musical entertainment from the eclectic Bay Area rock band Blue House, will accompany drinkers as they enjoy Bishop Ranch’s outdoor venue.

Riders of the 15- or 30-mile courses will need to pay $75 to participate, for the 60 and 100 mile course riders will need to pay $100. All riders will receive a hot meal and free admission to the beer festival, which otherwise costs $35 for a single ticket or $50 for two. Participants must be 21 or older to attend the festival.

Tickets will be available online until Friday at 9 p.m. after which tickets will be available when the Hopfest begins at noon on Saturday. Sign-in for the race begins at 6 a.m., competitors will have until 5 p.m. to finish the race, the same time Hopfest closes. Hopefest and all four courses start/end point are located at Bishop Ranch, 2600 Camino Ramon.

Proceeds benefit the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation that helps veterans who have been injured since Sept. 11; and the events hosts the Dougherty Valley San Ramon Rotary Club and Foundation.

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