Okay road bike fiends, it's time to slap on some sweet cycling shorts and get yourselves into high gear. That's because this week, I've got a race on tap that'll make your legs jump for joy. I'm talking about The Rocky Mountain Roubaix, a race hosted by the Northern Rockies Cycling Team on Sun., April 10, that's open to all cyclists and promises to be one hell of a workout for your legs.
Spokes will start to spin at 10:15 AM at Frenchtown High School for expert racers, with other divisions following after. As for the course, it'll feature smooth asphalt and dirt roads, and includes riding one or more laps on the Remount, West Nine Mile and Nine Mile roads. In total, you'll push your pedals some 31 to 61 miles during this road biking fete. Sound like fun? Then pump those tires and get ready to roll.
The Rocky Mountain Roubaix is Sun., April 10, starting with race day registration from 8–9:30 AM at the parking lot of Frenchtown High School, 17620 Frontage Road. The race follows for various divisions from 10:15–10:55 AM. $25, with a USA Cycling annual or one-day license required to race, and licenses are available onsite. Visit montanacycling.net
THURSDAY APRIL 7
Celebrate the environment and the human spirit with several outdoors films when the Selway-Bitteroot Frank Church Foundation presents a screening of the best films from the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, which begins with doors opening and drinks at 6 PM, followed by the movies at 7, at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $12/$10 students. Visit selwaybitterroot.org to purchase advance tickets.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
Sweat out the sweet stuff during Arlee's 12th annual Buttercup Run, a benefit that raises money for college scholarships for Arlee High School students and begins with late registration at 10 AM at the school, 72220 Fyant St. A 10k race-walk follows at 10:30 AM, and is followed at 11 AM by a 5k, 10k run/walk and 1-mile fun run. Race fees range from $20 for adults with a T-shirt to free for children 12 and under without a T-shirt. Visit buttercuprun.com to download a registration form.
Bike away from that tainted meat when Missoulians on Bicycles presents its 27th annual Potomac Awful Burger Ride, a 48-mile cycling jaunt that departs at 10 AM from the Eastgate Parking lot, off of East Broadway Street. Free. Call John at 543-3230 and visit missoulabike.org/ride-page for updates on other rides.
Get rid of some of your old-but-still-good sleeping bags, backpacks and other outdoors gear in order to help out the Mountain Shepherds—a community-run, eco-tourism organization located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India—during the Nature-Link Institute's Gear for the Garhwal drive, which runs through April 30 with drop off locations at Pipestone Mountaineering, The Trail Head, Aerie Wilderness Medicine, UM's Outdoor Program and REI Missoula. Call 370-2294 and visit nature-link.org for details.
MONDAY APRIL 11
Become an axel spin queen or king when the Missoula Figure Skating Club presents its Learn to Skate Basic Skills—Spring Adult Session, which meets each week for six weeks from 11:30 AM–12:30 PM at the Glacier Ice Rink, 1101 South Ave. W. A six-week, all ages Learn to Skate Basic Skills course also meets starting Wed., April 13, from 4–5 PM. $85 for the adult class/$110 for the all ages class. Visit missoulafsc.org for a registration form.
Claw some time out when the Flathead Audubon Society presents a talk with natural history writer Doug Chadwick on his book The Wolverine Way, starting at 7 PM in the Community Room of The Summit, 205 Sunnyview Lane in Kalispell. Free. Visit flatheadaudubon.org.
Let your mind soar with avians when the Five Valleys Audubon Society presents a program on the physiology, life history and conservation of the great blue heron, starting at 7:30 PM in Room L14 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit fvamissoula.org.
TUESDAY APRIL 12
Get water wise when the Watershed Education Network presents a Stream Monitoring Training session, which features the chance to learn about stream health and ecology, and runs from 4–7 PM starting at the Greenough Park Pavilion, 1629 Monroe St. Free. RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13
Snag some sweet used gear for your next spelunking expedition during UM's Used Outdoor Gear Sale, which runs from noon–5 PM in the University Center. Those wanting to sell gear can drop it off between 7–11 AM and UM's Outdoor Program collects 15 percent of sales. Free.
Spend the evening with wildlife biologist, author and retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf specialist Carter Niemeyer when he hosts a presentation and book signing, starting at 7 PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 549-2848 Ext. 2.
Trip out on the limestone when the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., presents an evening lecture titled Adventure Underground: Exploring Montana Caves in 3-D, a presentation at 7 PM with Mike McEachern featuring photos of caves in the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wilderness Areas. $4/free for members. Call 327-0405.
Kick it with your favorite peak baggers when The Rocky Mountaineers hosts its monthly meeting featuring comments from Michael Kustudia on the new Milltown Street Park, starting at 7 PM at The Trail Head, 221 E. Front St. Free. Visit rockymountaineers.com.