A peaceful, easy valley is what is offered to 544 riders along the 2019 Tour de Manure route in Sierra Valley on June 15. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Tour de Manure rides again

Five-hundred-forty-four riders toured Sierra Valley on June 15 in the 10th annual metric century ride benefiting local firefighters. “Thanks to this event we have been able to purchase three rescue rigs,” said event organizer Tami McCollum. “We had a great turnout, it was the hottest day we have had and the most riders.”

Getting things ready for the event takes three days. McCollum described the process. Thursday is for pulling everything out of the Sierraville Fire Station area to clear space for what is coming. The following day, the community comes in to help clean everything up for the big day and get set up for the ride and … 500 people! “We never could have done it without everyone’s help,” said McCollum.

Pigs Fly Barbeque donated their time and provided aromatherapy that gave riders something to look forward to after the day’s activities on the open plains. Shannon Tucker was the mastermind behind feeding everyone, “She did great,” said McCollum.

This year was really special for the Sierraville Fire Department, “It was good to welcome Doug and Laura Read back,” said McCollum