Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cheers to Crosstoberfest

Make it a day at River Run


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Otto Olson gets ready to compete in the Shimano Youth Series 12 and under race. Photo by Chris Pilaro

A much anticipated fall event, Crosstoberfest 2007 will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at River Run Lodge in Ketchum. Crosstoberfest features the Idaho State Championship Cyclocross Race, which will be the final race for the cyclocross fall race season.

Cyclocross is a type of bike race featuring many short laps on pavement, wooded trails, grass and steep hills over obstacles where riders have to dismount and carry their bikes while navigating swiftly and carefully.

Sun Valley Company, Sun Valley Road & Dirt and Powerhouse Inc. are sponsoring the championship race. There are cash and merchandise prizes for the winners. For a schedule and registration, visit raceanddirt.org/index.html?page_id=4.

"The cyclocross race is very interesting to watch and pretty unique," said Sun Valley Company's Sam Cochran. "It's something you don't see a lot of, and it's men and women carrying their bikes through the mud getting dirty and riding on the pavement and gravel."

Besides the excitement of two days of racing, Crosstoberfest features plenty of festivities with Bavarian food and beer garden as well as kids activities, such as pumpkin carving, face painting and the possibility of sledding.

"There will be a 12 and under bike race," Cochran said. "Last year there were about 40 kids competing. Parents are chasing their kids, and it's a lot of fun."

In addition to live music on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. there will be plenty of sales on new winter clothing and equipment. Only for the weekend, Sun Valley Company will be offering a discount on season ski passes.

"We have a winter kick off going. There will be a Bogner clothing representative and a cocktail party at the Brass Ranch and specials at Pete Lane's ski shop," Cochran said. "Pete Lane's is giving away free foot beds, a $150 value, with the purchase of new ski boots."

Pete Lane's will also feature an Extreme Ski Movie theater for winter sport enthusiasts who need a boost for the upcoming season. Cochran said the lodge bar will have imported Belgian beers in addition to the regular selection of brews. There will be free ski tuning clinics all day and a ski raffle to win a pair of new Stockli Stormrider XXIs, Volkl mantra, Head Sweet Fat Thangs or Scott Punishers with no purchase necessary.

The Brass Ranch will also feature sales on new arrivals from Prada, Hell is for Heroes, Kjus, Pucci and many other winter apparel brands.

"There is something for everyone and people can come for the race, shop and music. It feels like a real community event." Cochran said.

There will be plenty of other giveaways and raffles as well as souvenir mugs to raise money for Sun Valley Road & Dirt, and Sun Valley will have discounted lodging rates for out-of-towners.

For more details, call (800) 786-8259 or visit sunvalley.com.




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