By Cameron Rasmusson
For biking enthusiasts, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
That’s right: CHAFE 150 is right around the corner, and that means bicyclists from around the country — and even the world, if trends from past years persist — will descend on Sandpoint come June 16. A race that has grown in scope every year, CHAFE 150 offers something for bikers of every skill level, from hardcore endurance competitors to casual pedalers. As with previous years, riders can select between a 150-mile route, an 80-mile route or an almost-30-mile route depending on their skill level and preference.
This year introduces reduced rates for youth riders. Youth registration is $50 for the 80- and 150-mile routes and $20 for the 30-mile route, with an additional $25 required in raised donations. Adult registration is $75 for the longer routes or $45 for the 30-mile. Adult riders are required to raise a minimum of $50 in donations. Those donations will be given to Lake Pend Oreille School District for local education.
According to CHAFE officials, excitement is already heating up for the ride. Riders are getting creative with their team name choices, with Spoke n’ Hot, The Young and the Breathless, Blazin’ Saddles and Worst Pace Scenario being among the more colorful selections.
The ride starts 6:30 a.m. at City Beach for 150-mile riders, 9:30 a.m. PST/10:30 a.m. MST at Troy, Mont., for the 80-mile ride (buses for Sandpoint riders load from 7-7:30 a.m.), and noon at City Beach. Those who aren’t riding can still support the cause by turning out for the after-ride party at Sandpoint City Beach Park. It begins at 2 p.m. when the first riders finish, ends when the last riders arrive around 7 p.m. and includes food by Trinity, a beer and wine garden and music.