Porky Blue bike race a sunny success in Fernie BC

Sunny skies attracted 211 keen mountain bikers to take part in the second annual Porky Blue mountain bike ride and pig roast on Saturday.

Participants check out the entertainment provided by The Fernie Hotel after the bike race and pig roast.

Participants check out the entertainment provided by The Fernie Hotel after the bike race and pig roast.

Sunny skies attracted 211 keen mountain bikers to take part in the second annual Porky Blue mountain bike ride and pig roast on Saturday.

Keen mountain bikers were shuttled up to the start of the trail, then took the 25km mountain bike ride down the Porky Blue trail in Ridgemont, finishing up at the Fernie Hotel for a pig roast and refreshments in the beer garden.

Awards were given out for falling in the mud, coming dead last, and the most blood.

The event raised $4,000 for the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Alliance, which will go towards maintaining some of the trails and building new ones. The money came from the $30 cost to participate.

“It was a porkalicious ride, and a fun event,” said Mark Gallup from the Guide’s Hut, who gave away two cruiser bikes and lots of t-shirts as prizes. Lisa Rowlands and Dustin Stuffco were the winners of the two bikes.

Simon Howse, manager of The Fernie Hotel, said, “It was an excellent turnout and a fantastic event.”