Winter may be in full swing up in the mountains, but out in the desert, another season is set to start: racing season.
The Southwestern Idaho Desert Racing Association is revving up for its 2011 season with its annual awards banquet for 2010 on Saturday, Jan., 29 and then the racing series will kick off with the ultra classic Oreana 100 on Saturday, Feb. 19. This annual race boasts a large following and is also a superb opportunity to give desert racing a try. Classes are available for first-time racers.
The series schedule is tentatively set as follows:
• Oreana 100: Saturday, Feb. 19
• Sand City 100: Wednesday, March 6
• National Hare and Hound: Sunday, March 20
• Broken Sprocket 100: Sunday, April 3
• Black Derby: Sunday, April 17
• Outlaws Race: Sunday, October 2
Each of the races is sponsored by a different local club and each race has its own distinctive flair for the wild and wooly. Of particular note is the National Hare and Hound race in March. This race has the added distinction of bringing in the best riders in the West to compete for national points and prestige and it's a great chance to see your favorite riders rip it up.
All of the races are sanctioned by SIDRA. For more details check out the SIDRA website at sidraracing.org. The SIDRA website is a great resource for finding out about all of the different events and upcoming races in the area, provides links and contact information to the local clubs but also provides notice of issues regarding land use, BLM and other political issues dealing with recreational land use.