Saddle up for Back Country Horsemen fundraiser

The Methow Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington will hold a fundraiser for two animal rescue organizations on Aug. 17 at the new North Summit Horse Camp located in the Loup Loup Sno-Park.

The benefit will raise funds for Keystone Animal Rescue in Riverside and The Nourishing Hand Equine Rescue in Oroville.

The day’s events will include a ride at 11 a.m. and steak potluck at 4 p.m.

The $5 entry fee will include one raffle ticket but more can be purchased at the rate of $1 each or six for $5.

Non-riders are welcome to participate and all comers will have the opportunity to check out the new horse camping area. Those planning an overnight stay are advised that a U.S. Forest Service pass is required, that no stock water is available and only weed-free hay is allowed.

More information is available by email at


Gran Fondo Winthrop fires up Aug. 4

The valley’s first taste of a long-distance bike event patterned after traditional Italian cycling will take place Sunday (Aug. 4) when a maximum 200 riders leave Winthrop for an 80-mile ride deep into the North Cascades.

Billed as Gran Fondo Winthrop, the race will leave the Winthrop Barn at 8 a.m. and take riders through some 10,000 feet of climbing, much of it on primitive U.S. Forest Service roads.

Registration is open until Friday (Aug. 2) for interested cyclists, who can find more information online at


Julie Grialou

Julie Grialou

Grialou wins at High Cascades 100

Julie Grialou, a member of the Methow Cycle & Sport-Blue Star Coffee Cycling Team, pedaled to first place in her age division of women 40-plus-years-old at the grueling High Cascades 100 Endurance Mountain Bike Race held at Bend, Ore., on July 20.

“Temperatures were in the high 90s that day,” said team spokesperson Karla Segale.

Grialou’s time of 11 hours, 9 minutes, 38 seconds over the 100-mile course was also good enough for 114th place overall among 272 male and female finishers.

Winning first in her age category is nothing new for Grialou, who also placed first in the women’s open division at the 60-mile Echo Valley Endurance event at Leavenworth last June.

Teammates Dave Acheson and Joe Brown were in a different part of the country on July 20, when both competed in the Dry Hill Enduro at Port Angeles. Brown, nursing a sprained wrist from an earlier training accident, finished seventh in the male expert 40-plus division. Acheson placed ninth in his age category.


Cody Cupp

Cody Cupp

Cupp takes second in Fat Tire series

Cody Cupp, a 2012 graduate of Liberty Bell High School and member of the Methow Cycle & Sport-Blue Star Coffee Cycling Team, finished in second place overall in the Open/Pro Division of the recently completed 11-race Fat Tire Revolution series.

The Washington-based bike races ended Sunday (July 28) with the Roslyn Rush where Cupp placed third in the Open/Pro. In an earlier race July 13 Cupp finished second in the White River Remix race near Greenwater.

“Now that the Washington-based series is complete, Cody will head for Durango, Colo., to prepare for collegiate mountain bike racing with Fort Lewis College,” said his mother, Joann Metzler.


Cyclists pedal for veterans’ awareness

Four bicyclists from California will stay in Winthrop on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 3-4) in the early stages of a 3,700-mile trip to benefit disabled military veterans.

The four will begin from Anacortes on Thursday (Aug. 1). For the next 10 weeks they will ride across the United States to Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Va.

The bicyclists are hoping to raise awareness of disabled veterans and raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps disabled U.S. Marines and other veterans.