Bicyclists to swarm rural North County Saturday

Motorists in the rural North County are asked to be careful of the estimated 1,400 bicyclists expected to be on roads starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The riders will take part in the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club’s annual Wildflower Ride, which is a fundraiser for the bike club and other local organizations.

The ride will take them from Highway 229 in Creston, west on Highway 58,

Bicyclists will ride south on Highway 229 from Creston, west on Highway 58, then east on Pozo Road to Park Hill and Huer Huero roads. Riders will then go north to Shandon on Shell Creek Road. After lunch, they will head back to Creston on Highway 48 or 58.

The Pozo area should be clear of riders by noon. The course will close at 5 p.m.; any rider not finished by then will be asked to stop.

The bike club is paying to have extra CHP units patrol the route. Riders are asked to be courteous to drivers and residents.

For more information, call 543-5973.

-Larissa Doust