Event Description

Cycle with us through the meadows and ranch communities in the beautiful Sierra Valley north of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. Chose from three route options of 62, 42, and 30 miles, all supported with snacks, drinks, and SAG wagons. Celebrate afterward at the Sierraville firehouse with a rockin' POST-TOUR PARTY including a belly-busting meal of tri-tip, BBQ chicken, veggie spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, lemonade, Brewing Lair beer, cookies....and more! Then kick up to the retro rock 'n' roll of MICHAEL HOGAN and THE SIMPLETONES! (Fee also provides T-shirt or drink bottle, SAG wagon support, and rest stop food & drink.)

Event details and schedule

If you have questions, want to know more about what the ride is like, or just want to be in the loop, check out the Tour de Manure website and the Tour de Manure Facebook Page. Both offer links to Airbnb, bed-and-breakfast and hotel lodgings and campgrounds.

REGISTRATION OPENS at 7 at the Sierraville fire station, 102 E. Main Street, Sierraville, CA, 96126. This is a fun supported tour and not a race, and there is no official timing. Cyclists are officially asked to take off from Sierraville between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., but it's okay to leave earlier if you need to. At registration, you can pick up your ride t-shirt and a map, and buy a ride jersey if you want. There will be coffee and breakfast available across the street at Smithneck Farms cafe and the Fork & Horn restaurant. Both are very good places to eat!

PARKING:"Turn Cowboy" parking attendants will help you to park on private property and roadsides in the morning.

COURSE: The course is mostly flat. There are three options: 30-, 42-, and 62 miles. The 30-mile route is out and back from Sierraville to Loyalton on Highway 49. This route contains three small hills. Sometimes a headwind makes the return route a nice challenge for beginners. There is a food and rest stop in Loyalton and another food and drink stop about 5 miles from Sierraville at the top of the last hill.

The 42-miile route turns at the first feed stop on Marble Hot Springs Road and goes into the center of the valley on quiet ranch roads. A family ranch holds a lemonade stand halfway along this course just for fun. There is a 3-mile section of packed dirt road. It is a beautiful zig-zag section through Feather River wetlands filled with birds and wildflowers.

The 62-mile course has 3 miles of wide-shouldered travel on busy Highway 70. It follows County Road A23 past feed stop #1 to highway 70, then dips back into the Middle Valley for some quiet miles past the Spencer Lost Marbles Ranch lemonade stand to Loyalton, where there's another feed station. The route does an out-and-back mild hill climb up Smithneck road, back to the feed station, and then on down Highway 49 over three small inclines. There is one more snack station at the top of the small hill about 5 miles from the route's end in Loyalton.

FINISH LINE PARTY: Invite your friends who don't ride to come to the party, because it's loads of fun! The Sierraville Recreation Association sells beer and hard ciders, Los Dos Hermanos restaurant provides complimentary chips and salsa, and When Pigs Fly catering company smokes up the best tri tip and chicken you've ever had. The fire department volunteers serve quite a bit of food at the lunch - taking care of vegetarians with salads, garlic bread, vegetarian beans, fruit, lemonade and cookies or some other kind of sweet treat for desert. Michael Hogan and the Simpletones jam away into the afternoon with good old rock'n'roll and country tunes.

Have fun and enjoy the beautiful Sierra Valley!

 

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