Bobby McMullen won’t be able to see much of the scenery when he rides in the Shasta Wheelmen Wildcat Granfondo this Saturday, but that’s not stopping the 55-year-old Central Valley High School alumnus from doing exactly what he loves – biking in Shasta County.

“Growing up in Redding, it seemed like I was always involved in sports,” said McMullen, who was active in school sports programs in spite of having Type 1 diabetes at 12 years old.

McMullen started biking in high school to save gas money.

“That became kind of my summer transportation,” said McMullen, who would bike long distances through town to his job on Lake Shasta.”

“Then in the early ‘80s mountain biking came out,” McMullen said. “That’s when I (got really) involved.”

His biking career began in part when he competed in…