Last month I happened to be in Chico, CA during the same weekend that the Tour de Ed was happening. The Tour de Ed is the main fundraiser for the Chico Cyclists Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to local cyclists who are injured while on the road. When I lived in Chico, I never had the opportunity to ride the Tour de Ed, so when I found out that my trip to visit the parents would coincide with the ride, I made sure to pack my bike for the trip up north. On an incredibly sunny late winter morning, I drove over to Chico’s City Hall to register for the ride. I arrived early, registered, and had about 45 minutes before the start of the ride. Perfect amount of time to ride over to my favorite Chico bakery, Tin Roof Bakery, for a coffee and phenomenal almond croissant. Around 9 a.m., after a short speech and a couple of announcements, the ride departed from City Hall, with the the fairly sizable group of cyclists escorted through downtown Chico by a vintage police cruiser! Drone Chico was on hand to film the departure. Check out the video here. I finally wore my Team Tough Chik jersey for the first time! Love, love, love it! Super cute and comfortable. Also elicited a lot of positive comments! I had a total blast riding along 30 miles of quiet country roads just south of Chico. The almond trees were in total bloom (which I completely neglected to take pictures of, doh!). Couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque day to ride in support of a great cause.