No Bull: Sierraville Tour de Manure to return
The Sierraville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department metric century ride is slated for Saturday, June 12. Doug Read, tour co-coordinator, said: and#8220;Itand#8217;s still a bunch of firefighters who donand#8217;t ride bicycles putting on a fun event for people who do ride. But we have adjusted a few tour features in response to comments from last year. Most important, weand#8217;ll have more of the mad-bull T-shirts to sell. Also, weand#8217;ve added a hill for people who say the course wasnand#8217;t tough enough.and#8221;
The Tourand#8217;s 62-mile course begins in Sierraville cruising down the peaceful A-23 to Highway 70, through Beckwourth and turning onto A-24 into the valleyand#8217;s treasured cow country to Loyalton. In a new twist, it jogs on down Loyaltonand#8217;s Main Street and climbs into the heights of Sierra Brooks before returning to Sierraville along Highway 49. Rumor has it one of the residents out in the valley may set up a lemonade stand. A shorter 45-mile route cuts off at Marble Hot Springs Road into the valleyand#8217;s fabled stretches of creeks and marshes. The 30-mile route will once again coast-out-and-back along historic Highway 49 from Sierraville to Loyalton.
The finish party fray will find Sierra Valleyand#8217;s generous food providers, the Round Up Cafe, with a secret vegetable pasta dish prepared by owner Pam Pasquetti, and Los Dos Hermanos running mounds of fajitas to the party straight from the sizzling kitchen. New this year, Sierraville grill-master Lee Wright of When Pigs Fly BBQ will grill up mouth-watering tri-tip and chicken. Vickiand#8217;s Blue Moon Bakery will whip up cakes for dessert! Non-riders may dine for $15. Performing live at the meal will be Michael Hogan, David Fenimore and their irrepressible band of renegades, the Simpletones.
Food isnand#8217;t restricted to the finish line: The Eastern Sierra Chamber of Commerce Loyalton rest stop will fire up those legs on the home stretch. Inspiring a little giddy-up at the Marble Hot Springs Road turnoff food stand will be, once again those cheery, intrepid bicycle clubbers, the Plumas-Sierra Bicycling Club.
The infamous mad-bull T-shirt designed by Sierra Valley resident cartoonist Jay Huebert will be available in extra quantities to satisfy all, with womenand#8217;s-cut T-shirts for the fashionistas.
To register, visit http://www.active.com and type and#8220;Tour de Manure 2010and#8221; into the search engine, or pick up registration forms at Olympic Bikes, Cyclopath, Pacoand#8217;s, The Backcountry or your local bike shop. The Tour begins between 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday, June 12. Fee is $45 until June 10; $55 June 11-12. The fee includes the T-shirt, all food, rest-stops, SAG wagons, live music and other conveniences. Proceeds feed the coffers of Sierraville Fire and Rescue, whose volunteers save lives, extinguish forest and house fires, rescue cats and cows and extract people from crushed cars, all in the spirit of heroism and good will.
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