Fat Tire Bike Festival registration ends soon

On Aug. 4, Gold Beach will host the first Banana Belt Fat Bike Festival on the Southern Oregon Coast. The event promises to highlight Oregon’s appreciation for its beaches, bikes and beer, and is hoped to blossom into an annual event.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pistol River Middle and feature several events throughout the day. After the day’s riding on the beach has concluded, participants are invited to an after party celebration at Arch Rock Brewing 2-6 p.m.

Registration for the festival is $30 for Oregon Bike Racing Association members and $32 for non-members. The deadline for signups is July 31. Local lodging businesses Turtle Rock and Pacific Reef will be offering special rates for the event.

The days event will start at 10:30 a.m. with an 8-mile timed race ride from the staging area to North to Hunter Cove and back. Next will be the Banana Belt Casual Ride at 11:30 a.m. from the staging area to South to Crook Point, back North past event area and to Hunter Cove and then back for a total of 10 miles.

A slow race is planned for 12:30 p.m., the winner being the slowest person to cross the finish line without touching the sand. After that there will be a log pull competition at 1 p.m. where participants pill a log across a short course without having their feet touch the ground.

The beach events will then wrap up at 1:30 p.m. with the Fat Criterium, which will be a race around the rock. Other activities are planned throughout the day, including limbo, small circles, beach games, and a hot dog barbcue.

For more information and a complete schedule go to www.BikeGoldBeach.com

The fourth annual Rogue River Triathlon

The fourth annual Rogue River Triathlon will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at Agness RV Park. The triathlon is a sprint format variation with a half-mile swim on a downriver current, a 5K run and a 12-mile bike ride along the Rogue River.

Signups require a $35 to $75 donation to guarantee a place in the event and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance and there is a 100 participant limit.

There are prizes for first, second and third place in the mens, womens and team divisions. A celebration will follow with food and refreshments as well as a raffle drawing.

The Rogue River Triathlon ia a non-profit community fundraiser meant to promote health and wellness throughout Curry County. All Donations to benefit the Agness Volunteer Fire Department and the Agness Community Library.

Event details and registration can be found online at www.roguerivertri.com.