By Cameron Rasmusson
One of the biggest biking events in the region kicks off Saturday morning as CHAFE 150 riders begin their long-distance race for the best times—or maybe just enjoy a leisurely pace in a beautiful setting.
That’s the beauty of CHAFE 150: It can be whatever kind of ride participants want it to be. Whether a rider is looking for a serious athletic competition, a gentle lakeside ride through mountains or an occasion to get the family out in the sun, there’s an option to supply a great weekend. And participants can pedal all the harder knowing they’re supporting education in North Idaho.
It promises to be a landmark year for the race, which has enjoyed a faster rate of registration than ever before. Among other accolades, CHAFE 150 was named the number-three Top Charity Ride in the U.S. by Bicycling Magazine in 2018, which praised the ride’s scenic routes and its commitment to benefiting local education.
“Our ride received national kudos last year, so the word is definitely out there,” said ride organizer Mel Dick, a member of the Sandpoint Rotary which presents the ride every year.
More options make the ride even more accessible for riders who wish to tailor their experience. New this year is the 100-mile century route, a less-intense but still-challenging route for long-distance riders. There are also 30- and 40-mile routes, which now offer options for electric bike riders. The 150-, 100- and 80-mile rides, meanwhile, all offer professional timing. Looking to get the kids out for a healthy summertime day? The new four-mile Family Fun Ride starts at Sandpoint City Beach, ends at Dover City Park and features family activities and games.
Better yet, CHAFE 150 benefits Lake Pend Oreille School District’s literacy initiative and after-school reading programs by funding literacy curriculum, staff development and expanded after-school options. Past years have seen CHAFE 150 raise thousands for the school district, which teachers and administrators use to improve educational opportunities for students of all stripes.
There’s still time to register for CHAFE 150. Visit www.chafe150.org, choose your route and get your bike on this Saturday.
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