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Brief History of Sacramento Bike Hikers
1968 - 2020

1968 - 1979
  • 1968 - Sacramento Bike Hikers was started by Cliff Belarde and Miles “Woody” Wood
  • The Club was affiliated with American Youth Hostel (AYH)
  • Club motto “Not For Myself Alone But For The Group”; club colors were canary yellow and Kelly greenSBH-AYH
  • 1969 - The club was named the Sacramento Bike Hikers as suggested by Pat Dane
  • 1971 - First Club logo and Ride Schedule masthead were designed by Dwight Eberly
  • 1972 - First North Coast Tour took place (August)
  • 1974 - A spin-off group of SBH formed named the Sacramento Wheelmen
  • 1975 - Affiliation with American Youth Hostel was dropped
  • 1975 - First League of American Wheelman sanctioned century ride was led by Dr. Don Bouchard
  • 1977 - The Annual El Dorado Century was led by Mark Drake, Bill Ralston, and Gail Rothwell. Club membership total was 59.
  • 1978 - The newsletter was started and named the Leaky Valve by Dale Kemery
  • 1978 - Club starts to track members mileage

1980 - 1989

  • 1981 - First Annual Awards Banquet--pizza was served
  • 1981 - The bike trail was extended from Discovery Park to Old Sacramento. The Club donates $900.00 to the County for the purchase of a sweeper for the trail
  • 1982 - 450 cyclists rode the El Dorado Century
  • 1982 - Animal miles were added to the Annual Awards Banquet
  • 1983 - SBH runs the bike to watercraft portion of Eppie’s Great Race
  • 1983 - Club membership now over 150 members
  • 1983 - Sister Mary Redempta, a member of the Club and nun at Mercy San Juan Hospital, made the cover of California Bicyclist. The article title was “A Nun’s Bicycling Habit Inspires Sacramento Bike Hikers”
  • 1984 - 600 cyclists rode the El Dorado Century
  • 1984 - 42 club members contributed $500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Jerry’s Kids
  • 1985 - First Annual Soup Ride
  • 1987 - Money was contributed to build a bike barn for the Sacramento Children’s Home
  • 1988 - The Federal Government grants SBH tax-exempt and non-profit status
  • 1988 - Club celebrates its 20th Anniversary
  • 1988 - The Club presented a Santana tandem bicycle ($1600.00) to the Society for the Blind, permitting blind riders to enjoy the freedom of cycling.
  • 1989 - Club logo was adopted and the colors changed to blue and white

1990 - 1999

  • 1993 - First Party Pardee Century was initiated with several hundred cyclists participating
  • 1994 - Club participated in the KVIE membership drive by manning the phones and taking pledges
  • 1995 - Club adopts the Parkway Project at miles 15 to 16
  • 1995 - Club celebrates the Highway Centennial (1895-1995). A ride on one of the historic roads will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the California State Highway System. The State celebration is being coordinated  by Californians for a Better Transportation, Auto Club of Southern California, California State Auto Association, California Transportation Foundation and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • 1995 - Club is now on-line with the World Wide Web
  • 1996 - By nearly a unanimous vote the El Dorado Century will no longer be a Club event
  • 1996 - Final North Coast Tour transpired, ending a 24-year tradition
  • 1997 - Howard Park in Ione is the new location for start of Party Pardee, relocated from Rancho Seco
  • 1997 - Expansion of the American River Bike Trail from Nimbus Fish Hatchery under Hazel and past CSUS Aquatic Center was approved by the County
  • 1997 - April Fools edition of the Broken Valve was issued
  • 1998 - SBH celebrates its 30th Anniversary
  • 1999 - Registered our domain names Biker Hiker.Org and


  • 2000 - Folsom Historic Truss Bridge reopens on its original stone abutments (Bridge originally crossed the American River from 1893 to 1931 then moved to Siskiyou County; in 1998 Folsom City Council voted to return the bridge to Folsom. About 60% of the bridge is original)
  • 2001 - SBH contributed $1000 each to the following charities, American Lung Association, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, American River Parkway, National Kidney Foundation and 4H Club
  • 2002 - Leaky Valve banner makes a change and is the last year of publication
  • 2003 - Club hosts members of the  JAL (Japan Air Lines) Comets on the Yosemite bike tour
  • 2003 - Spring Blitz is created by Larry and Yvonne Robinson
  • 2004 - Non club members will be required to sign the American Wheelmen/League of American Bicyclist Release and Waiver of Liability form
  • 2007 - First Annual Pie Ride hosted by Bob and Sherri Keven
  • 2007 - SBH monthly meeting location changed to Carmichael Park from Mercy San Juan Hospital (October)
  • 2008 - Club celebrates its 40th Anniversary

2010 - 2019

  • 2016 - A group on was created to facilitate outreach to the cycling community
  • 2017 - Club presents new bikes and helmets to children devastated by the fires in Santa Rosa
  • 2018 - Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary
  • 2018 - Founding member and first Vice President Cliff Belarde passes away (April)
  • 2018 - SBH plaque is added to the newly opened Johnny Cash Trail Donation Board in Folsom
  • 2018 - Club joins the Sacramento Hero Ride charity helping Veterans and First Responders (May)
  • 2019 -  SBH continues to be the bike transition team for the newly named Great American Triathlon, formerly Eppie's Great Race
  • 2019 - The printed Ride Schedule was discontinued (October)
  • 2019 - SBH transitions from legacy website to new site powered by ClubExpress
  • 2019 - 20 Bikes, helmets, water bottles, and locks were donated to the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home. Goods were provided by the Sacramento Bicycle Company (December)
  • 2019 - The Holiday Party was upgraded from a potluck at the Clubhouse to hors d'oeuvres at the Northridge Country Club (December)

2020 - 2029
  • 2020 - In March, due to the Covid-19 world-wide pandemic, Party Pardee was postponed for the first time in its 28 year history to October 24, 2020, and subsequently canceled until 2021.
  • 2020 - Also canceled were all scheduled rides, all Club tours, and the Annual Club Picnic.  All in-person meetings of the board and membership were canceled and held on line.

This information was compiled by Susan Formanek, Club Historian.  If  significant facts about the Club's history pop into your mind, please send them to me for consideration to be added to this page. Click Here:   Club Historian