Tinker Juarez to race the 2020 edition this October.
According to a press release sent out on July 29, 2020, Boyd Cycling is partnering with Salty & Stupid Cycling to put on the ambitious and unfathomably cool Salty Lizard 100, the Stupid Pony (#stupidpony), and the Stupid Lizard 100 (#saltylizard100) gravel races this October 2-3, and they’re bringing mountain biking great Tinker Juarez to join the party in Utah’s West Desert.
According to Bobby Kennedy, organizer of the event, “the Stupid Pony and the Salty Lizard 100 are the rides that you’ve always wanted to do – featuring between them over 330 miles of nearly 100% dirt traversing the width of Utah on the Pony Express and Silver Island Mountain Scenic Byway. You’ll see the most alien and beautiful and remote landscapes in the continental U.S., riding buff gravel roads and technical OHV trails. You’ll watch dawn over the Wasatch Mountains and dusk over the Deep Creek Mountains and see scads of pronghorn antelope and wild horses in the valleys in between.”
Boyd’s lineup of premium off-road gravel and mountain wheels, especially the Altamont and CCC, combine the light weight that brevet riders need to keep moving with the durability and ability to run wide tires that will actually get you across the desert.
Kennedy continues, “Even though our rides are fabulously chill, the presence of Tinker Juarez will give the fast guys who can’t resist 200 miles of drag racing a run for their money. Utah has an amazing endurance scene and we’re excited to up the competitive ante for last year’s podium finishers, Nathan Manwaring (1st place 2019 Stupid Pony Men’s), Jackie Baker (1st place 2019 Stupid Pony Women’s).”
Boyd is also putting up two (2) wheelsets for the winners of the men’s and women’s categories, which is a step up from the used t-shirts that the winners normally receive and are still contractually required to wear.
Boyd supports our community-driven and inclusive approach to putting on rides – they’re cheap, dirt cheap – and our efforts to reach out to communities who have been underserved by the biking industry.
Concluding his remarks, Kennedy says, “We’re also putting on a bike drive for kids in Wendover, UT, and West Wendover, NV, and reaching out to Latino communities in Utah and Nevada to spread the joy of gravel by bike. We’ve had incredible support from both West Wendover and Wendover, and the good luck to have wonderful volunteers like Karen and Randy Shepherd, Conner VanSkiver, Misti and Nate Cobb and Cason Carrol. We’re here to help people enjoy the incredible beauty of the West Desert, and so incredibly chuffed that Boyd is joining us in our cracked quest to get people to bike across it!”