Looks like Summer is coming after all and so is Sandpoint Bike Week. There are many different ways to participate. Here is a run down:
· Sunday, May 15: Bike Swap: 1 to 3 p.m. at Sandpoint West Athletic Club. Trade, shop, consult with mechanics, learn bike safety and much more! As with all swaps, the best deals are had early. Drop off your gear to sell that morning, 9 to 11 a.m.
· Wednesday, May 18: Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Day: Don your helmet and ride your bike to school or work. Stop by one of four aid stations to pick up free goodies, and enter a free raffle to win great prizes, to be awarded at the Panida Theater Friday night. Grand prizes are a new wheel-set for adults and a $50 gift certificate to a local bike shop for kids. All students who ride their bikes to school will get a prize. Aid stations will be located at Mountain West Bank (Highway 2 and Division), Outdoor Experience (First Avenue), Evans Brothers Coffee (524 Church St Ste B. at the old granary along the bike path) and Sandpoint Sports (Highway 95 in Ponderay). Aid stations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bike Week T-shirts will be for sale for $10.
· Wednesday, May 18: Ride of Silence: 6 p.m. Meet at City Beach Park. Join other cyclists in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is part of a worldwide share-the-road campaign. Route is fewer than 10 miles. Must wear a helmet. All bikes welcome.
· Saturday, May 21: “Ride the Divide”: Movie at the Panida Theater. Free admission. Doors open at 6:30 and movie at 7:30 p.m. The film follows the experiences of three bikers as they race 2,700 miles with over 200,000 feet of climbing from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border along the Continental Divide Trail. Dominos pizza, Laughing Dog beer and Pend d’Oreille wine available for sale. Raffle prizes to be awarded immediately following the movie (need not be present to win).
If you have any questions, email me...I have some insider knowledge. You can also hit up sandpointbikeweek.com Hope to see you out there!