No bull: The Tour de Manure comes ’round again June 11 |

No bull: The Tour de Manure comes ’round again June 11

Special to the Sun
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. – 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.

“This year there’s a lot of water in the valley and the hawks and blackbirds and sandhill cranes are going crazy over it,” said Doug Read, tour organizer. “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.”

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 “raging bull” T-shirt designed by Jay Huebert, as well as SAG wagon support, rest stop food and amenities, and a big finish line party.

“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,” Read said. “The food at the finish line party is always so good.”

This year’s party will feature steaming plates of fajitas from Los Dos Hermanos, the acclaimed Mexican restaurant in Sierraville, barbecue tri tip and chicken from Sierraville’s catering company When Pigs Fly BBQ, and salad and tasty tortellini pasta from Sierraville’s second catering company, Pasquetti’s Silver Eagle Catering. Sweets for dessert will come from Vicki’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 Tahoe’s Michael Hogan, will perform from the back of a 1951 Chevy flat bed.

“The weather’s been kind of cool, but forecasts show June 11 will be warm,” said Read. “Last year’s Tour had a really successful turnout. We’re excited for this year.”

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