We're going to take a year off this year but we're going to be back with your favorite bicycling metric century next year, 2024! Stay tuned to our plans on the Tour de Manure Facebook Page and via Instagram.
What the heck is the Tour de Manure?
“It’s a bunch of Sierra Valley folks sharing their beautiful ranchlands with two-wheelers!” says Doug Read, founder of the one of California’s quirkiest rides, Sierra Valley’s Tour de Manure.
Cyclists say they love the Tour de Manure most because of its spirited volunteers. After getting your t-shirt and registration, you'll head out into the valley, where volunteer “Turn Cowboys” will guide you along the course. Rest stops run by bicycle clubs and church groups offer the sort of fixin's the gold miners hefted through the mountains in their sacks.
Just when you think you’re riding into a meadow-land outer space, a homemade lemonade stand will appear, run by the Spencer family next to their Lost Marbles ranch. Most of the ride is flat, but there are a few hills and sometimes some headwind in the last several miles of the course.
At the finish line party in downtown Sierraville, firefighters don’t let the cyclists go hungry. They serve up BBQ chicken and pulled pork, along with pasta, salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts, while a live plays fun tunes. Bring your dancing shoes!
START: At the Sierraville Firehouse, 102 Main Street, Sierraville. (Turn east on Calif. Hwy 49 at Sierraville’s blinking light.) It's a casual, un-timed start. You can get going anytime between 8 and 9 a.m.
PARKING: Volunteers will help you to find parking on the street or in special free private lots provided by neighbors.
REGISTRATION DESK: closed until it opens again for the 2024 tour.
COST: To be determined for the 2024 tour.
YOU GET: To be determined for the 2024 tour. See you then!
* Proceeds support the gang that brings you fun and culture locally,— the Sierraville Recreation Association — and those brave folks who pull you out of ditches and fight your fires — Sierra County Fire Protection District.