Tour de Manure bicycle ride set for June 12


Last year’s inaugural Tour de Manure metric century in Sierra Valley went so well the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department is doing it again.

“This year some things are changing, but most things are staying the same,” said Doug Read, race co-coordinator. “It’s still a bunch of firefighters who don’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, we’ll have more of the mad-bull T-shirts to sell. Also, we’ve added a hill for people who say the course wasn’t tough enough.”

The Tour is once again set for the second Saturday in June, which is June 12. The 62-mile course begins by cruising down the peaceful A-23 to Highway 70, through Beckwourth and turning onto A-24 into the valley’s treasured cow country.

Rumor has it, one of the homes out there may set up a lemonade stand. In a change from last year, the 62-mile course doesn’t go partway to Vinton, but instead gains a hill by passing twice through Loyalton and making an out-and-back scenic tour of Sierra Brooks.

A shorter 45-mile route cuts off at Marble Hot Springs Road into the valley’s fabled stretches of creeks and marshes. The 30-mile route will once again coast out and back along historic Highway 49 from Vinton to Loyalton.

Back by extreme demand is the now famous mad-bull T-shirt designed by resident cartoonist and hidden talent Jay Huebert. Organizers ordered extra quantities this year to satisfy all of the people who called for weeks after the ride last year wanting to buy more shirts for friends and relatives. There will also be women’s-cut T-shirts this year for the fashion conscious among us.

Back into the finish party fray are Sierraville’s abundantly generous food providers, the Round Up Café, which will have a delicious vegetarian pasta salad prepared by owner Pam Pasquetti, and Los Dos Hermanos, which once again will be running heaping mounds of fajitas to the party straight from its sizzling kitchen.

As if that’s not enough, new this year, Sierraville grill-master Lee Wright and his catering outfit called When Pigs Fly will grill up mouth-watering tri-tip.

But food isn’t restricted to the finish line. Back by rousing demand is the Eastern Sierra Chamber of Commerce Loyalton rest stop, with all their great goodies to fire up those legs on the home stretch of Highway 49.

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.

Sierra Valley loves a good wholesome party, and to keep the natives happy, performing live will be Michael Hogan, David Fenimore and their irrepressible band of renegades, the Simpletones.

To register, go to and type “Tour de Manure 2010” into the search engine, or drop by The Round Up Café or Los Dos Hermanos in Sierraville.

The Tour begins between 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday, June 12. The fee is $45 until June 10, and $55 June 11-12. The fee includes a t-shirt, all food, rest-stops, SAG wagons and other conveniences.

Proceeds feed the coffers of Sierraville Volunteer Fire and Rescue, which saves lives, extinguishes forest and house fires, rescues cats and cows, and extracts people from crushed cars, all in the spirit of heroism and good will.


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