The Big Sandy Race started as a celebration for the bridge of the same name that connected miles of single-track trail for hikers, mountain bikers and stock riders on the San Joaquin River Trail.
Now in its eighth year, it makes sense that the 2015 Big Sandy will raise money to help repair the bridge’s wooden deck.
The bridge is still usable, but only because of temporary patches. A full repair may cost up to $8,000, so all proceeds from the race will go toward the project, race director Chris Duburg said. A custom-built wheelset by Project 321 (priced at $950) also will be raffled off at $5 a ticket.
Sunday’s race offers courses of 15, 23 and 38 miles. The two shorter routes start at the San Joaquin River Gorge and ending at Finegold Bay. The 38-mile pro route starts and finishes at Finegold Bay.
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Registration starts at $48 per person, $38 for junior riders. Online registration closes Wednesday. In-person registration is available Saturday at Steven’s Bicycles, 4045 N. Figarden Drive in Fresno, or Sunday at the starting line.
The 38-mile race will start at 8:30 a.m., the 15-miler at 10:30 and 23-miler at 10:40.
Trail-care workshop set
Experts from the Subaru and International Mountain Biking Association Trail Care Crew will be in the Valley next month to host a three-hour trail-building school before performing work on the Pa’san Ridge Trail.
The Central California Off-Road Cyclists and the Subaru/IMBA team will conduct the session starting at 9 a.m. March 28 at the High Sierra Ranger District Office, 29688 Auberry Road in Prather.
After a provided lunch, the group will drive to the San Joaquin River Gorge and work on the trail until 5 p.m.
A club care presentation is at 6 p.m. March 26 at Acco Engineered Systems, 4980 E. University Ave., Suite 103 in Fresno. Events are free but registration is required.
Ewell Fine Gold Preserve Open House
Where: Road 216, Madera County
Pack a lunch and spend a few hours meandering along Fine Gold Creek as it flows into Millerton Lake at its northern boundary. The preserve will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs are not allowed.
• Sunday is Veterans Day on the McKenzie Preserve. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will open the preserve to veterans and current military, along with their families, free of charge. Space is limited to 300 people.
Critter Creek open house
Critter Creek Wildlife Station, a nonprofit rehabilitation center for injured or orphaned animals, is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 36710 Sand Creek Road in Squaw Valley. Gates will close at 1:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Details: (559) 338-2415 or www.crittercreek.org.
Alzheimer’s Awareness 5K Walk/Run
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Woodward Park Mt. View shelter
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of Central California is hosting its annual 5K run and 2-mile run/walk. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $25 and includes lunch.