Friday, April 23, 2010

Cyclists start training for Sawtooth Century

50- and 100-mile rides June 26

The Sawtooth Century Bicycle Tour returns to Ketchum and Sun Valley Saturday, June 26. The Blaine County Recreation District, with the generous support of local sponsors, will produce the Sawtooth Century.

The BCRD Sawtooth Century is a fully supported one-day tour offering both half and full century (50- and 100-mile) routes and the return of the popular "King & Queen of the Mountain" competition.

Both ride distances start in downtown Ketchum at The Elephant's Perch and pass through Elkhorn and Sun Valley before heading north.

Half-century (50-mile) riders will proceed to the turnaround at Galena Lodge or have the option to turn around at Galena Summit.  Full-century riders will continue up and over Galena summit en route to the turnaround at Alturas Lake.

The tour finishes at the Sun Valley Festival Field, offering riders a chance to enjoy the music at the inaugural Sun Valley Rhythm & Ride festival.

Cyclists can join a group-training ride to prepare for the Century. The Elephant's Perch is hosting a no-drop group ride on Wednesdays starting April 15 and Sturtevants in Hailey will host a no-drop group ride on Mondays starting May 3.

Proceeds from the BCRD Sawtooth Century Tour will go to the Wood River Bike Coalition. Entry is $75 for full century riders and $65 for half-century riders until the day before the event.  Cyclists will receive a $10 discount if registered on or before June 1.

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