Riders gather at the starting line on Spokane Falls Boulevard during SpokeFest on Sunday in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany)

September premier month for organized bike events

September is pure joy for a serious bicyclist. With a full season of in-the-saddle training, you’re ready for anything, champing at the bit to spin away more miles – and no month delivers so many options. About two dozen organized rides are coming up in the Northwest, including the two biggest events of the year near Spokane and Coeur d’Alene:

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Trever Niestrath, of Ashland, Oregon, participates in the Train to Hunt Challenge. (Jamie Lusch)

Participants in Train to Hunt competition simulate elk hunt conditions

ASHLAND, Oregon – Trever Niestrath hurtles the 70-pound sandbag he's carried along a trail, then bursts into a quick quarter-mile run before dropping his bow and breaking into a series of pushups and jumps that send his heart rate through the roof. Niestrath then grabs his bow and steadies his breathing before letting loose an arrow that hits the kill zone on a 3-D deer target 45 yards away. He immediately dashes off to the next station in this ultimate workout for bowhunting junkies looking to get the best out of themselves in the backwoods.

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Ammi Midstokke: Exercising with the end near 

Seldom in life do we have the opportunity to experience the benefits of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day without actually having to buy the cigarettes. Now we can simply walk out on our front porches, take a few deep breaths, and get a preview of COPD. Needless to say, our recreation has been slightly impacted and I’m not sure if I am disappointed or thrilled to have a valid excuse to do, well, pretty much nothing.

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Governor’s Cup helps Idaho kids

The  Idaho Governor’s Cup is coming up on Sept. 10-12 in Sun Valley. South Fork Lodge posted info about ticket and package options, reminding participants and their families that the event is more than a charity tournament involving over 600 participants in fly fishing, shooting, golf and a number of social activites.

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The Settler’s Grove Cedars loom over a small creek bed north of Enaville, Idaho. (File)

Ancient cedar groves ride out nearby wildfires 

An ancient cedar grove appears to have survived a wildfire that swept through North Idaho, and officials are also optimistic about the fate of a similar stand in Montana. A sprinkler system was set up as the Grizzly fire complex advanced on the Settler’s Grove near Eagle, Idaho. Firefighters had to leave before the system was fully in place, but initial reports indicate that Wednesday’s low-burning fire spared the centuries-old trees, said Shoshana Cooper, acting public affairs officer for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. More will be known when the road to the grove is safe for travel, she said.

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