No bull: The Tour de Manure comes and#8216;round again June 11 |

No bull: The Tour de Manure comes and#8216;round again June 11

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Ron Tucker/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comRiders roll along gentle terrain and take in incredible scenery on the Tour de Manure, benefiting the Sierraville Fire Department. The 2011 Tour is June 11.

SIERRAVILLE, Calif. and#8212; Sierraville Fire and Rescue is hosting its third annual Tour de Manure metric century, a supported bicycle ride in Sierra Valley on Saturday, June 11.

and#8220;This year thereand#8217;s a lot of water in the valley and the hawks and blackbirds and sandhill cranes are going crazy over it,and#8221; said Doug Read, tour organizer. and#8220;Our gentle terrain and the choice of 30-, 45- and 62-mile routes make this a great ride for every kind of cyclist, from people doing their first supported ride ever to the experts looking for distance and light hills.and#8221;

The Tour de Manure begins between 8 and 9 a.m. at the firehouse, 102 E. Main Street in Sierraville, 25 miles north of Truckee on California Highway 89. Fees are $45 through June 8 and $55 thereafter until event day. Fees buy the third annually collectable and#8220;raging bulland#8221; T-shirt designed by Jay Huebert, as well as SAG wagon support, rest stop food and amenities, and a big finish line party.

and#8220;A second reason for the event, other than to raise funds for the fire department, is to showcase the businesses and restaurants of Sierra Valley and Sierraville,and#8221; Read said. and#8220;The food at the finish line party is always so good.and#8221;

This yearand#8217;s party will feature steaming plates of fajitas from Los Dos Hermanos, the acclaimed Mexican restaurant in Sierraville, barbecue tri tip and chicken from Sierravilleand#8217;s catering company When Pigs Fly BBQ, and salad and tasty tortellini pasta from Sierravilleand#8217;s second catering company, Pasquettiand#8217;s Silver Eagle Catering. Sweets for dessert will come from Vickiand#8217;s Blue Moon Bakery in Loyalton.

Live music from The Simpletones will once again spin the dancers to their feet. The band, led by North Tahoeand#8217;s Michael Hogan, will perform from the back of a 1951 Chevy flat bed.

and#8220;The weatherand#8217;s been kind of cool, but forecasts show June 11 will be warm,and#8221; said Read. and#8220;Last yearand#8217;s Tour had a really successful turnout. Weand#8217;re excited for this year.and#8221;

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