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Get your jersey on for Tour de Manure in Sierra Valley

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The Tour de Manure/Sierra Valley Metric Century launches its first edition cycling jersey this year. The lightweight zippered shirt, complete with cow spots and the legendary roaring bull art by Jay Heubert, is for sale on the tour's Facebook page for $65.

This year California's most charming organized ride is on Saturday, June 21. All the favorites will be back: Michael Hogan and the Simpletones band playing live music all afternoon, Dwight Brooks of Smithneck Farms Coffeehouse yodeling with his guitar in the morning, When Pigs Fly BBQ cooking up tri-tip for lunch and Los Dos Hermanos serving a kickin' layout of chips and salsa.

The ride offers 62-, 42- and 30-mile options traversing the historic ranchlands of the Sierra Valley and the headwaters of the Feather River. "It's becoming a great tradition for so many folks," said tour organizer Tami McCollum. "We have hard core riders returning for a fun tour of the valley, and a lot of people doing their first longer supported bike tour."

Tour de Manure benefits the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department, which responds to Sierra County emergencies between the Nevada County line and Yuba Pass. The fee is $60 until June 14, $70 starting June 15, $30 for kids 12 and under. Register at http://www.active.com. Get details at the new Tour website designed by Nancy Rosenblum of DigitalNordic at http://www.tourdemanure.org.

"At the end of the day, it's still a bunch of firefighters who don't ride bicycles putting on a fun event for people who love to ride," said Tour de Manure founder Doug Read.