The Tailwinds Bicycle Club of Santa Maria invites all Central Coast bike riders to participate in its annual fundraiser, The Windmill Century, on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The Windmill is a 28, 63 or 100 mile bike ride which is open to the public. The route begins at Pioneer Park, in Santa Maria, and takes riders through the Santa Maria Valley, Casmalia, Lompoc, Solvang, the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail and Sisquoc. Registration fee Includes: a commemorative T-shirt, Support and Gear as needed, delicious rest stops, route markings and maps, lunch (on the Century route) and our world famous. All you can eat, Santa Maria Style BBQ prepared by our own Santa Maria Elks Lodge members, featuring top sirloin, chicken or Vegan, for everyone at the end of their ride. On-line registrations end July 15th. Riders can also register the day of the ride. Registration fee is $85 and t-shirts are not guaranteed. Extra BBQ meals can b e obtained as well for $10 each.

All proceeds from the Windmill, less expenses, are given back to the community through our Bicycle Safety Essay Contest which is held in local elementary schools each year. The club also donates bikes to the Good Samaritan Shelter, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria, children in the CASA program, students attending Allan Hancock College (in need of a bike to get to and from the college) and financial support to the Veterans’ Ride 2 Recovery Program. The Campaign Against Distracted Driving and the California and Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalitions.

Sponsorship by local businesses helps defray the cost of putting on such an event and allows us to donate more bikes to charitable causes.  Windmill riders come from all over California as well as other states (Nevada, Arizona and Texas, and even Florida). Many stay overnight thereby contributing to the Santa Maria economy as well as the fundraiser.

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