Friday, June 19, 2009

Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally rolls over Hailey

Weekend bike festival offers unique races, rides and gatherings


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Nate Scales makes a run for the top of the hill, hot dog in hand, as part of last year’s Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally. The quirky event features numerous nontraditional biking events. Photo by

The Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally, an eccentric and entertaining biking festival, will churn things up in Hailey this weekend. For the third year, the rally is bringing cyclists together in unique ways with drag races, barbecues, beers and bike rides.

The weekend of events begin at 7 p.m. tonight, June 19, at Powerhouse Bike Fit Studio in Hailey with a lively barbecue. The Powerhouse is located at 703 N. First Ave. in Hailey, behind the Sinclair station. The popular Sheeptown Drag will begin at 9 p.m. The head-to-head bicycle drag racing is an elimination competition. All are welcome.

The rally continues on Saturday, June 20, with the Yeti Sheeptown Epic leaving from the Powerhouse at 10 a.m. The ride will last between four and six hours, so riders should bring water and food.

Festivities will continue with a Wiseguy Cruiser Crawl leaving from Wisesguy Pizza in downtown Hailey at 6:30 p.m. The ride will end at the Blaine County Recreation District Aquatic Center with a pool party and Hawaiian luau at 7:30 p.m. Two pigs will be roasted for the occasion. The event costs $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Bathing suits are encouraged.

More entertainment will follow the Cruiser Crawl at 7:30 p.m. with CK's Hot Dog Hill Climb One-Handed World Time Trial Championships, which will test riding skills and stamina, all with a hot dog in one hand. The climb is the feature cycling event of the weekend.

Kids are welcome all events but leave dogs at home. For more details on the rally, visit farca.wordpress.com.

To continue a weekend of cycling, join the Town to Summit Hill Climb on Sunday, June 21, at 11 a.m. The race from Ketchum to Trail Creek Summit features a 12.4-mile course, some of it on dirt. For more information, call The Elephant's Perch at 726-3497.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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