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Mountaintop ride to benefit conservation efforts

Riders will summit Mount Diablo

East Bay bicyclists are revving up for an intense annual uphill ride that aims to raise money for mountain conservation.

The Save Mount Diablo Challenge on Oct. 4 is an 11.2-mile timed bike ride that starts at The Athenian School in Danville, climbs up Southgate Road to the summit of Mount Diablo -- a 3,249-foot ride.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit Save Mount Diablo's land conservation efforts, according to organizers.

About 1,000 cyclists compete each year, and prizes are awarded for several competition categories in a ceremony at the summit.

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, with waves proceeding in five-minute intervals. Registration and bib pick up are at The Athenian School, 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. Parking is at Monte Vista High School, 3131 Stone Valley Road.

For more information, visit the Save Mount Diablo website.

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