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6th annual V3 Hopfest coming to San Ramon Saturday

Biking, beer event benefits Sentinels of Freedom, DV/SR Rotary foundations

The sixth annual V3 Hopfest is set for Saturday, and will begin with a bicycle ride and end with a craft beer festival. The event raises funds primarily for the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, but also for local and international causes through the Doughtery Valley/San Ramon Rotary Club, which is hosting the event.

Seasoned, serious and recreational cyclists alike are all welcome to participate in the bicycle ride (V3), and have 30-, 60- or 100-mile routes to choose from. All rides will leave from Bishop Ranch 2600, 2600 Camino Ramon in San Ramon.

The 100-mile Devil Mountain Century Ride takes off at 7 a.m. and sends cyclists to the Junction Ranger Station on Mount Diablo, down through Clayton, up and over Morgan Territory lands, and out Altamont Pass Road before descending into the Livermore Valley, and on to Sunol before returning to San Ramon.

The 60-mile ride takes off at 8 a.m. and loops via Camino Tassajara, east of Danville to Livermore and Pleasanton before returning through Dublin and San Ramon.

The 30-mile ride takes off at 9:30 a.m. and follows the San Ramon and Amador valleys along Pleasanton Ridge down to Sunol and back to San Ramon.

Former Olympian and Livermore resident, George Mount, who placed sixth in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, will lead each cohort of riders out onto the course. Upon returning, riders can decompress in a new Rider Recovery Area.

The craft beer festival (Hopfest) runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, also at Bishop Ranch 2600. Twenty craft breweries will be available, there will be food for purchase from Food Truck Mafia and the music of "American Idol" alumnus Wolf Hamlin and the Front Porch Drifters.

To register for the ride or learn more information, visit v3hopfest.com.

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