In Sutter County, biking around the World’s Smallest Mountain Range to fight diabetes

About 1,000 individuals have pre-registered for Saturday’s Bike Around The Buttes event that attracts visitors from surrounding counties and raises money for diabetes education and support. Online registration is closed but bicyclists can still register on the day of the event at the Sutter Youth Organization Building, 7740 Butte House Road (at intersection of Butte House Road and Acacia Avenue, across from Sutter High School.)  The event is hosted by Yuba-Sutter Diabetes Resource Center. Saturday’s is the 33rd annual event. There are courses for just about every level of biking experience: 17.5 miles, 40 miles, or 100 miles.

In 2013, more than 150,000 people in the counties surrounding the Sutter Buttes were living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, including 5,800 people in Sutter County, 3,800 in Yuba County, and more than 90,000 in Sacramento County.

On Saturday, April 21, a unique bike ride will raise money for the Yuba-Sutter Diabetes Resource Center, which provides education and support for type 1 and type 2 diabetics and their families. Approximately 1,000 people have pre-registered for any of the three possible courses of the 33rd annual Bike Around The Buttes:

  • A 17.5 mile fun ride in and around the Sutter Buttes, the remains of an ancient, dormant volcano that form the “World’s Smallest Mountain Range.”
  • A 40-mile classic ride that will take in even more of the beautiful Sutter Buttes countryside.
  • A 100-mile “Century” ride in and around the Sutter Buttes and northern Sutter County.

It’s not too late to participate. Bicyclists can still register Saturday morning at the Sutter Youth Organization building, 7740 Butte House Road, Sutter. Registration and take off for the Century ride begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:55 a.m., and registration and take off for the fun ride and the classic rides begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. (Note: those 18 and under should ride with their parents, and helmets are required for all participants). For more details, including day of event registration prices:

This year, the focus of the fund-raising is for the Children’s Type 1 Diabetes Children’s Support Group.

The major sponsor of this year’s Bike Around The Buttes is California Resources Corporation, a leading producer of oil and natural gas in California, including the Sacramento region. Mark Carter, who has donated his time to help organize the event, said CRS donated $10,000 to help ensure the event’s success.

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors, recognizing the public health value of diabetes education and support services, and the economic benefits of an event that highlights the Smallest Mountain Range in the World, also authorized a $1,500 sponsorship.