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Fat bike race this weekend

Cycling – Fat bikers are invited to race at the 49 Degrees North Nordic center on Saturday. The race will start at 11 a.m. Registration is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on race day. Race registration costs $20. For Nordic pass holders race fee is $7.09.

Longtime Spokane bike mechanic Dave Mannino retiring

BIKING – Dave Mannino, a longtime Spokane bike mechanic has retired. His 40-year career will be celebrated Friday at the Bike Hub in the South Perry Neighborhood (817 S. Perry Street). The event starts at 5 p.m. There will be food and beverages. For more information visit Facebook.

2018 to-do trip: A backcountry mountain bike route across Oregon

Oregon is teeming with adventure-seeking cyclists, so the idea of biking across the state is not a new one. But the idea of off-road biking across the state on a route that is more than half singletrack is a new one. And, might be something worth putting on your 2018 to-do list.

Rich Landers’ Outdoors Blog evolves; S-R’s Eli Francovich takes over

TRANSITIONS -- The Outdoors Blog is evolving. After nearly 41 years as Outdoors editor at The Spokesman-Review, Rich Landers has officially retired. He will continue writing occasionally as an Outdoors correspondent, but the reins of the department and Outdoor coverage have been handed to the...

Idaho Trails Association on a roll; seeks new members to keep momentum

TRAILS -- A statewide non-profit outdoor service group is looking for more members to achieve its simple goal of keeping Idaho's nonmotorized trails open and usable. The Idaho Trails Association is looking for more members to join trail building and maintenance projects next season, said...

Do it! Video votes could boost Kaniksu Land Trust

CONSERVATION – A Sandpoint videographer has pledged to donate a $10,000 prize to to a local land trust project if enough people go online to vote for his film, “Land is my Sasquatch.” The video by Scott Rulander is among 10 finalists in a competition...

South Hill bluff park and trails in spotlight at BLUFF Talks

PARKS – Speakers will take 10 minutes apiece this week to tell personal stories or offer perspectives on what connects the public to the trails and natural area of High Drive Bluff Park, better known as the Spokane’s South Hill bluff. BLUFF Talks, a fundraiser...

Tough tests await bikers at Beacon Hill

Having worked up to it for years, mountain biker Dan Wilson comfortably plummets down an advanced roller feature at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani area. It’s only a few bubbles off vertical. Not for beginners.

Mountain bikers roll into the free-fall zone at Beacon Hill

BIKING -- In the attached photo, mountain biker Dan Wilson plummets down an "advanced" roller feature at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani area. The rock is a purely optional route just above the trail Old School. "It's one of the many rocks up at Beacon, one if not the steepest rollers...

Legendary biking on North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey trail

For mountain bikers, North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey Trail is such a treasure that people come from all over to experience it. I drove with friends more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to ride 100-plus miles (160 km) of the single-track trail, which is no wider than a bike. And we weren’t the only non-Dakotans traveling long distances to do it. We met folks from Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, Montana and Wyoming.

Field reports: Bike laws weak in protecting walkers

TRAILS – Readers had lingering questions, and so the The Spokesman-Review, about last Sunday’s story about a woman who was struck from behind by a bicyclist as she walked on the Spokane River Centennial Trail. The Spokane Police Department told Virginia Pearsall, 67, that no charges would be filed against the cyclist who knocked her to the ground in the Sept. 22 incident in which she suffered bruising and a fractured elbow.

South Hill bluff fire prevention work needs volunteers

TRAILS -- A volunteer work party to thin brush and prune trees to reduce fire danger on a portion of the South Hill bluff is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, organized by Friends of the South Hill Bluff. "Fires on the bluff threaten the whole...