Trail Mix for 9/11: 500-plus lined up for Tour de Fresno

The Tour de Fresno is just two days away and more than 500 riders are signed up for the popular annual charity bike ride.

It's grown from 160 riders in its first year in 2009 to averaging more than 500 every year since, according to event Executive Director Varoujan Der Simonian.

Per tradition, the Tour de Fresno offers a six-city exploration of Fresno County with five courses of varying lengths and difficulty levels.

There are two century rides, one of 110 miles and the other 101, with the longer course featuring an extra 500 feet of climbing.

Shorter rides of 73, 48 and 18 miles are available. Rest stops and full SAG support will be available on all five courses.

Costs range from $50 for the scenic ride to $75 for the centuries.

Deadline to register online is noon Friday.

A $20 surcharge will be added for cyclists who wait until race day to register.

Racing starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at the California Home for the Aged, 6720 E. Kings Canyon Road.

Riders are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Every year, the Tour de Fresno benefits numerous local organizations. This year, those benefiting include Sanger Boys Boxing Club, Fresno Rescue Mission, Fowler Food Pantry, Kiwanis Club of Kingsburg and others.

Registration/details: www.tourdefresno.com.


Pincushion Hill Climb

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: San Joaquin River Trailhead in the South Finegold picnic area (end of Sky Harbor Road).

The challenge: A one-mile, timed run up Pincushion Hill that features 800 feet in elevation gain.

The reward: Glorious views overlooking Millerton Lake, and cash prizes for top three finishers by gender, age group, team and division (Clydesdale and Athena).

Registration costs $25. All runners will receive a custom koozie; shirts will be available for an extra fee.

Details: sanjoaquinrunning.com.

REI Garage Sale

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fresno REI, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.

REI will hold a members-only garage sale for adventurers seeking cheap and discounted gear. The store will hand out numbered wristbands at 4 p.m., with the lottery draw entry starting at 5 p.m. Memberships can be purchased on site for $20. All sales are final.

Details: rei.com/fresno

Great Sierra River Cleanup Day

When: All day, Sept. 20

Where: All Sierra Nevada rivers, lakes and waterways

The annual cleanup is next Saturday. Every year, thousands of volunteers join forces to clear trash and recyclables from the Sierra Nevada waters.

During the past five years, almost 600 tons of trash have been removed.

Those interested can sign up for a cleanup through the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust at www.riverparkway.org.