By Ryan Miller
Idaho Falls, Idaho – The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho’s fourth annual HeART of Idaho Century Ride got underway Saturday morning, August 11, 2012, in Idaho Falls. With wonderful temperatures and little wind to speak of cyclists of all ages and abilities rode through verdant farmland, Grand Teton views and striking desert landscapes as the route wound them through parts of Bonneville, Bingham and Jefferson counties. The ride was complete with fully stocked food and water zones that featured homemade cookies, sandwiches and watermelon as well as ride support vehicles along the entire route. The ride started and stopped at Snake River Landing where riders celebrated their individual accomplishments with a post-ride BBQ, which included the iconic Idaho baked potato, live music, a beer garden with beer from Idaho Brewing Company, massage therapists and very impressive prize drawings.
Cyclist had 4 ride distances to choose from; 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile options, with only the last one containing any serious climbing to speak of, ensuring that those that chose the shorter of the four distances would be treated to the quintessential “ride in the country side”. This year 340 riders signed up and were supported by over 100 hundred smiling and helpful volunteers which helped raise about $20k for the Art Museum of Idaho to support their exhibits and art education programs.
All in all, it was a great day on the bike and a perfect way to tuck some additional miles under your belt while supporting a great cause only a short drive from Salt Lake City.
For more info visit: theartmuseum.org