By Jim Predmore
There were three different lengths of the bike ride from 10 miles up to 46 miles all sheering parts of the same route. The entire route of 46 miles started on Main Street in El Centro and headed east to the Old Hwy. 111. It then headed north to Brawley, turned right at Hwy. 76, crossed over to Hwy 115 going south to Evan Hewes, and then returned to Main Street in El Centro.
Patricia Urena, the event coordinator, stated “We are taking a different route this year. In the past the route headed off to the west of the city. This year we are going to the east and will be passing 6 feed yards and by two areas where sheep are grazing.” This aptly provides the name “Le Tour De Manure”.
One of the riders, Greg O’Donnell, showed off his Carbon Fiber Cervelo racing bicycle. This bike was equipped with a heart monitor and a computer to tell him how fast he is going and how fast he is peddling. Saturday morning it was pretty cold out and O’ Donnell with all of his high tech equipment and clothing, lifted his shirt to reposition his wind block. When he did so, a page from a newspaper appeared under his clothing. This was not just any newspaper, but the Holtville Tribune. O’Donnell states that he was taking this ride to prepare himself for a triathlon he will participate in next week in La Qiunta.
Le Tour De Manure is not a race, but a nice family bike ride. It brings in all types from the pro racer to the beach cruisers. With bikes with children’s seats to bikes with children’s trailers, it is an event for the entire family. After the bike ride, everyone got to enjoy a nice lunch and share some of their biking stories.