Mountain Bike Race Gearing Up In Pine

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The inaugural Fire on the Rim mountain bike race has grown to include a Jazz Concert Under the Stars and Mountain Daze, which will be highlighted by an antique car show, health fair, vendors, food and music.

Mountain Daze will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7 and the musical performance will be 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Both will be at the Pine Community Center ramada. Admission is free.

The events are being hosted by the Pine-Strawberry Business Community and the first-ever bike race, set for Aug. 6, is a benefit fund-raiser put on by the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee.

Also newly added to the festivities is a “Kids Day Camp” on race day. The camp will be held in three sessions 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m.

The fee is $5 per session, which includes a snack. A sack lunch is also available for $3.

Teachers, aides and teenage volunteers will be on premises — at the elementary school gymnasium — from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. providing supervision for most of the day.

Camp participants should not bring electronic games, computers, cell phones and other personal electronic devices. Activities will include board games, coloring, structured activities such as “Simon Says” and a puppet show.

The proceeds from the mountain bike race, to be held on trails around the tiny mountain towns of Pine and Strawberry, will go to maintain and improve fuel breaks around the two towns that were originally put in by the Tonto National Forest.

PSFR Committee members, including Ernie Borgoyne, are lauding the event as highly beneficial to all in the area because “our area is very volatile in regards to possible wildfire, and excessive woodland fuels must be removed.”

The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona is helping the committee host the first-ever bike race that is expected to attract biking enthusiasts from around Arizona.

Fire on the Rim entrants have the opportunity to choose from three race lengths — 15 miles, 30 miles and 45 miles.

On race day, the 45-mile race begins at 7:30 a.m., the 30-mile at 7:45 a.m., and the 15-miler starts at 8 a.m.

Borgoyne believes the course is certain to test the riding abilities of even the finest of mountain cyclists, “it’s over very rugged terrain,” but he adds, cyclists “will enjoy beautiful scenery.”

The course is a 15-mile loop with single track, plenty of climbs, speed portions and downhill. Cyclists will compete in one of 11 age/experience divisions and 36 medals will be awarded in each division for first, second and third place.

The entry fee for the under-18-years age division is $25 if preregistered and $35 on race day. Fee for the seven adult categories is $50, but increases to $60 on race days. There will also be a three-member team competition with fees of $150 in advance and $180 on the day of the event.

For more information or to register for the race, go to: fireontherim.com/default.aspx.

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