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If you're into two wheels instead of four, the Tour of Trinidad might be more your speed. On Saturday morning, cyclists can put on those clickety shoes and ride through the beachside town and beyond, starting at Trinidad Elementary School, enjoying the gorgeous views. Show up at 7:30 a.m. to register or sign up online at teambigfoot.net.

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Beginner? Sign up for the Family Tour ($15). It starts at 10 a.m. and goes to the end of Patrick's Point Drive through the redwoods for a total of 12 miles. There are some hills on the course, so you'll want a bike with gears. And don't forget a helmet and water!

The Family Challenge ups the game a little with a 28-mile course of downright inspiring scenery that runs along Westhaven Drive, Highway 101, Dow's Prairie Road and Old Stagecoach Road ($20). Start time is 9:30 a.m. What, not tough enough for you?

You must want the Rider's Challenge ($35). Beginning at 9 a.m., you're looking at over 65 miles of winding roads and hills. This course picks up where the Family Challenge leaves off, touring through Fieldbrook and Blue Lake before returning to the starting line. Anybody else get tired reading that?

Well, suck it up. Because the ride benefits Project Share Life, which helps find bone marrow donors for people in need, and it is well worth your sore muscles. Besides, you can feed your pain afterward with a spaghetti dinner from Abruzzi covered by your fee. When it's all over, you'll have Tour of Trinidad bragging rights, and if you want to fudge which course you did, we will totally back you up.

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