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Fourth annual FART takes to county roads Saturday

Jun 6, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Lander Cycling's fourth annual Fremont Area Road Tour will blow into Lander on Saturday, offering residents a chance to raise money for Injury Prevention Resources.

Organizers said the fundraiser offers riding opportunities for all kinds of cyclists.

"No matter what your pace or the distance you'd like to ride, there's something for everybody," Lander Cycling president Scott Van Orman said. "The emphasis is on fun, not competition."

Cyclists can take their pick of five routes that wind around town and into the countryside, but the event is not a race.

"The distances can be mixed and matched as the rider prefers," Van Orman said.

The longest course, is a 100-mile stretch following Wyoming Highway 789 to Hudson and Rendezvous Road almost into Riverton. Riders will turn at Sand Draw Road and travel to Sweetwater Station, taking U.S. Highway 287 back to Lander.

On the other end of the spectrum, a 10-mile route follows U.S. Highway 287 northwest to Milford, turning on Lower North Fork Road and coming back to Lander on North Second Street.

Another shorter course, measuring about 11 miles long, leaves town on Baldwin Creek Road and returns on Squaw Creek Road.

A loop option is 17 miles long -- it follows U.S. Highway 287 southeast before running up Lyons Valley Road to Hudson and returning to Lander on Wyoming Highway 789.

Finally, an 18-mile out-and-back route heads up Sinks Canyon Road to the boundary of the Shoshone National Forest, where riders will turn around and head back to Lander.

Aide stations providing food, water and medical support will be located along all of the routes.

Growing

Last year about 160 riders participated in the event, and Van Orman expects the number to reach almost 200 this year. He said riders will be spread out along their courses, so the best place to see them all together is at the start of the tour, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Museum of the American West.

"(There will be) 150-200 bikes rolling down Main Street with a police escort," Van Orman said. "(It's) a pretty impressive sight."

Spectators also are welcome along the routes, Van Orman said, especially on big inclines like in Sinks Canyon, on Baldwin Creek Road and leading up to Beaver Rim.

"Stop and cheer," he said. "We appreciate it."

The road tour ends at 4 p.m. at the Museum of the American West. Money from the Saturday event will go specifically to IPR's program to give bike helmets to kids. Participant registration forms are available at landercycling.org and can be mailed or delivered to Gannet Peak Sports at 351 Main St. in Lander. Riders can sign up in person 6-7:30 a.m. on Saturday, when organizers will host a breakfast for participants. A barbecue for participants will take place 2-4 p.m.

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