I have used the American River Bike Trail for nearly 10 years now, and it plays an integral role in my training. I have used it for both running and biking, and I've participated in several running events here as well. It is well-paved and maintained for cyclists. As a runner you can chose to run on the pavement or go off road. There are portions of the trail that are flat, but a lot of small rolling hills as well. Although there are light days where there is minimal traffic, there is rarely a time where your alone. It can be heavy with fellow participants during the weekend; however, this doesn't bother me as I feed off other's energy. I have come across wild turkey, deer and a coyote. The chipmunks can be a bit of an annoyance for cyclists during the spring time. My only complaint is, that as a runner, I would appreciate cyclists avoiding the inclination to ride side by side instead of single file. This causes tight situations to occur in which I've been "shoved" off the trail and nearly hit. Other than these smug cyclists who think they are the next heir apparent to Lance Armstrong, it's a great place to train.
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