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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle
A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle

Big Bike Weekend 2016

In Partnership Shasta Living Streets, the FREE Three-Day Event Includes a Police Escorted Remembrance Ride,  Drag Racing, a Burn-Out Contest, As Well As Activities for Bicycle Enthusiasts, Contests, Tours, and a Strongman Competition 

Redding, CA – June, 2016 – Bikes come in such a variety of forms and functions that Redding decided it was easier – and more fun! – to invite them all to town for one exciting weekend! Whether your bike has an engine or a fixed speed, high handle bars or fat tires, a leather seat or a basket and a bell, you’ll need to clear your schedule for Big Bike Weekend, October 14-16, 2016, sponsored by Win-River Resort & Casino. Sign up and get your rooms and RV spaces booked now as more than 5,000 bikers are expected to take over the town for this colossal annual event. But that’s not all. 

“Redding is proud to be the official home of Big Bike Weekend,” says Kallie Markle of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We offer a variety of biking and cycling opportunities for our visitors, including road and mountain biking championships, and motorcycle races and events at the Shasta Speedway. The public comes out in droves to support the bikers and cyclists and celebrate the two-wheeled lifestyle, in whatever form it takes.”

There are several exciting facets to this FREE three-day event, offering something for everyone who loves to ride. Motorcycle riders and fans will appreciate the main event at Redding’s Win-River Casino, where they can see hundreds of big bikes, shop vendors, and enjoy music and entertainment. Bikers are encouraged to go a little crazy at the burn-out contest at Shasta Speedway and the street legal drags at the Redding Drag Strip. Music lovers can rock out to well-known biker bands like the Charlie Brechtel Band, whose music was featured on an episode of the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.” It’s not all leather chaps and loud engines, either: bicycle riders can participate in special rides and events designed just for them. Everyone will want to check out the exhibitors found inside the resort’s convention center and along Redding Rancheria Road. There’s even a Strongman Contest sanctioned by United States Strongman, Inc. The event is FREE to all spectators and guaranteed fun. The Win-River Resort also has RV spaces for those who like to trailer their rides. 


This event has perfect timing for road and trail warriors, as October in Redding is a gift straight from the gods. The summer has waned and Redding’s famous perma-sunshine sparkles on the river and flashes through trees as your bike zooms through scenic mountain trails. Long evenings offer opportunities to take the bike out through picturesque backcountry roads, and mild days make it easy to enjoy Big Bike Weekend’s many activities…or ditch the bikers and join some hikers at Whiskeytown Falls. Visitors can also trade the leather jacket for a life jacket and take one of Redding’s kayak tours or even SUP yoga – perfect for stretching out those sore handlebar shoulders. In between all the events and rides, the city serves up its usual assortment of wineries, breweries, dining, and live entertainment.


Motorcyclists can enter the police escorted Remembrance Ride on Friday. Participants can enjoy food and drink during a special mixer while staging. The Remembrance Ride, created post 9/11, will honor fallen first responders. On Saturday, a special ride for veterans takes place during the Veterans Honor Ride/Poker Run. Riders will enjoy wood fired pizza and a chance to win $10,000. 


Bicyclists are invited to ride in the bike show competition on Saturday, and the ride to eastern Shasta County on Sunday for a wonderful, all-you-can-eat breakfast. They can also head to downtown Redding to enjoy additional activities hosted by Shasta Living Streets. On Saturday, the Shasta Wheelmen will hold their jamboree rides and Shasta Living Streets will be focusing on trail activities. 


Besides the usual Redding recreation, Big Bike Weekend offers special activities including contests, vendors, competitions, tours, live music, and dancing. And camaraderie of course! BBW has that in spades. Raffle Runs, Show & Shines, Ladies Rides, Bike Show competitions, fundraisers, and The Cal-Neva Competition Series that features police motor riders. Enjoy the sounds of popular biker bands like The Charlie Brechtel Band, an international all original motorcycle touring band, homegrown country rock musician Adrian Taylor, and local favorite, Sami Jo. The Wicked Wahines, a local mother and daughter dance team, will entertain with their amazing dance moves influenced by tribal cultures. The Strongman Competition, sanctioned by United States Strongman Inc., is open to all weight classes. Events include: IronMind Axel Squat to Plyo Boxes, Natural Log Clean Once/Press Away, Last Athlete Standing Texas Bar Tire Dead Lift, and a possible Wild Card event. 


Called the “Gem of the U.S. Trails System” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Redding is an outdoor adventurer’s dream, with more than 200 miles of hiking, biking, ATV, and equestrian trails all within a 15-mile radius of the city center. Redding is surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public land including Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, spectacular Mt. Shasta, and the pristine Trinity Alps. All areas offer abundant paved and unpaved roads and trails, including some historic mining and logging trails, which offer views of granite spires, breathtaking waterfalls, flowing rivers, magnificent mountains, and never-ending forests.

Get the full scoop on Big Bike Weekend at the Visit Redding events calendar. This growing event is already incredibly popular and rooms fill up fast so book your hotel, B&B, or RV site now. To discover other adventures, attractions and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade, visit 



About Shasta Cascade

Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page, or find us on twitter 


About Redding, CA

Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page or find us on twitter at


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