'Tis the Season

| October 13, 2010
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Fall means the beginning of some much anticipated seasons in the rec world, including the Southern Idaho Cyclocross Series. Races started several weeks ago, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get in on the action. All races are on Saturdays (with one Sunday exception), and upcoming dates include: Oct. 16 at Bernie Fisher Park in Kuna; Oct. 23 at Eagle Island State Park; Nov. 6 at Lake View Park in Nampa; Nov. 13-14 at Sandy Point; and Nov. 20 at Eagle Island State Park. Racing most days begins at 10:30 a.m., with categories for women, men and beginners. Cost is $25 per event.

For info on specific races, visit cxidaho.com or idahocyclocross.com.

If you're still craving more bike time, the Eagle Bike Park will soon be breaking ground on a new bicycle motocross track. OK, so the track won't be open this season, but we can dream. Check back at boiseweekly.com for updates.

And speaking of seasons, hunting season is in full swing, with hunters hitting the fields and forests in search of game. Increasingly, hunters are making use of off-road vehicles to make the process a little easier, but while it might be tempting to ride that bad boy right across a field, land and resource management agencies are reminding people to stay on designated trails. Not only is it a matter of being courteous to others using public lands and cutting down on erosion and other damage, but in some cases, riding off trail is illegal.

Before you head out, check with the National Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management office that oversees wherever you'll be hunting to get a copy of the motor vehicle use maps and restrictions. You can also check with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for any restrictions in specific hunting areas.

If the sudden drop in temperatures has you skipping fall altogether and dreaming of more snow-bound recreation, you can get your fix with a screening of The Freeheel Life 2 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Idaho Mountain Touring (1310 W. Main St.). Shot in Norway, Utah, Alaska and California, the film looks at the history of telemark skiing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $8.

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