Fork to Farm Ride in the Bitterroot

Riders pedal uphill in last year’s “Fork to Farm” group ride held by the Bike Walk Bitterroot.

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The second annual Fork to Farm bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Bitterroot will celebrate three new farms on Sunday.

The 40-mile ride will include stops at different farms where riders will be able to try food and drink produced locally in the Bitterroot Valley. The ride will start and finish at the Western Agricultural Resources Center in Corvallis, where there will be a post-ride dinner with live music from the band Poor Henry.

Chris Fox, a board member for Bike Walk Bitterroot, said they hope to continue to interest more farms in participating in future group bike rides.

New farms this year on the Fork to Farm ride are Sweetroot Farm, Lifeline Dairy, and Willow Mountain Winery. The ride will be divided into five different legs, ranging in length from 3 miles to 14 miles.

“We wanted to keep it enjoyable,” Fox said. “It’s not a race, it’s a fun educational ride. We never want it to feel like a chore.”

The goal this year is to have around 125 people sign up for the ride. Last he checked, Fox said they had 75 people.

“A lot of people wait to see what the weather is like.” Fox said. “It looks like we’re supposed to get some rain Thursday and Friday. Then Sunday it is supposed to be dry and in the mid-70s. We’re hoping the rain will clear the air.”

Registration for the ride costs $50 and the proceeds go toward future projects to improve bike infrastructure and safety in the Bitterroot Valley. Bike Walk Bitterroot has not identified specific projects that this year’s proceeds will be put toward, but he said they expect to host more bike skills clinics, purchase and install new bike racks, and eventually find a way to restore older bikes for sale.

Check in Sunday morning starts at 10 a.m. and the ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. The registration deadline is Sept. 13 (today) at 5 p.m. More information can be found at bikewalkbitterroot.org.

“Interest this year is coming from more than just Missoula and Ravalli counties,” Fox said. “We’re just hoping for good weather, a good turnout, and a fun ride.”

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