CHAFE 150 is truly unique By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Chafe 150
The annual CHAFE 150 bike ride combines a challenging course, beautiful scenery, and a fun and festive atmosphere. It’s one cyclists of all levels look forward to each year. We recently caught up with race founder Mel Dick, who gave us some insight on the upcoming ride and its impact on the community.
Q. What makes this event special when compared with other rides throughout the Northwest?
A. The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo offers something for everyone in terms of routes. What makes the ride so special is the signature 150-mile ride. This route is one of the most beautiful in the country; a grand loop around the Cabinet Mountains through gorgeous lake and river valleys. The ride routinely receives accolades from riders as having the best rest stops and support of any ride they have ever done.
Q. Tell us more about the Book Trust and why CHAFE 150 has chosen to support this with the funds raised through the event.
A. The CHAFE 150 ride continues its legacy of support for education in the greater Sandpoint community. For the next three years, CHAFE donations will benefit the Lake Pend Oreille School District's "Book Trust" program for all first- and second-grade students in its seven elementary schools.
Book Trust’s mission is to help elementary school children with little to no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. Book Trust believes that Choice, Consistency and Celebration, along with access to books, create a world in which literacy removes barriers and provides all children with tools to navigate life successfully.
Q. What is your favorite part of the day of the ride?
A. The beginning of the day when all the riders are enjoying breakfast and are anxious to get going on the ride, and the end of the ride when all the riders from the different routes finish at City Beach Park in Sandpoint for a community-wide after-ride party complete with a full meal and beer and wine garden.
Q. What can riders expect who've not yet participated, or what advice would you give to first-timers?
A. I would advise first-time riders of the 150-, 100- and 80-mile routes to dress in layers. They can leave gear at various rest stops, and it will be returned to the finish line for them. For the family fun ride, I would suggest getting the whole family involved, as it includes rider safety instruction, kids’ activities, and is really a great way to enjoy the beginning of the summer in Sandpoint.
Q. What kind of aid/assistance is offered on course, and what is the environment at the post-race party?
A. There will be well-stocked rest stops along the routes, mobile bike mechanic, sag, and motorcycle support. The environment of the post-ride party is both festive and relaxing.
Q. Anything else you would like to add?
A. Plan on riding one of the best rides in the region and country, support a great cause, and kick off your summer and riding season on the CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo.
Additional details, and registration, can be found online at CHAFE150.org.