Getting roped in

The bad news: it’s not snowing. The good news: it’s great biking weather. So why not take advantage of the optimal off-season conditions and hit the road? To give you even more incentive to get off the couch, registration for the 47th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic open with a “locals-only” party this Fri., Dec. 1, from 12 noon – 8 p.m. at Mountain Bike Specialists, 949 Main Ave. If you can’t make the party, online registration opens to the masses at 8 a.m. Sat., Dec. 2.

The Iron Horse takes place the weekend of May 25-27, 2018. This (ok technically “next”) year’s event will feature the flagship race and citizens ride to Silverton as well as a mountain bike race, kids races, the Quarterhorse and a gravel grinder. There will also be a kids push-bike park/activity center as well as a BMX demo.

Last year, some 3,800 riders from 44 countries participated in various Iron Horse events.

For more info or to lock yourself into six months of training, set your alarm for 7:59 a.m. Saturday and go to