Bike fever hits the local trails this weekend as the Nicola Valley Dirt Riders Association hosts its biggest event of the year at the club’s competition site, located approximately 11 km up the Aberdeen Road in Lower Nicola.

Sunday, Oct. 7 will see over 100 top male and female riders competing in the Bar Bender Cross-Country Race, the final stop in the BC Off-Road Championship Series, run by the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association (PNWMA).

The Bar Bender will be a closed-course event, with racers of all ages and abilities competing for points in a total of 11 different classes. There will be an A expert level loop and a B novice level loop.

Expected to take part in the Bar Bender are the likes of Geoff Nelson in the Masters class and Bobby Proch-nau in the Expert category.

Local riders expected to participate include Allison Brown, Mat Selzler and Derek Colebank.

Sign-up for the Bar Bender takes place from 8 – 10 a.m. on Sunday at the race site, and is followed by a riders’ meeting at 10:30 a.m. Racing officially begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $40 per competitor. All participants must have a PN license.

Preceding the Bar Bender on Sunday, the NVDRA will be hosting a Thanksgiving weekend Poker Run/Family Ride on the Saturday at the same Aberdeen Road location.

According to NVDRA president Scott Deardon, the Poker Run is non-competitive and strictly for fun. That said, there will be plaques going down to 8th place for the best poker hands in each class, as well as some special lap prizes.

Sign-up for the Poker Run/Family Ride is from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, also on site. The ride will get underway at 11 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.

Deardon states that Saturday will also be Food Bank Donation Day. All participants and spectators are encouraged to bring along non-perishable items for the local food bank.

The Dirt Riders are still looking for more volunteers for the Thanksgiving weekend. Help is needed with setup and cleanup, as well as marshalling and course sweeping during the actual events. Anyone who is willing to help is asked to call Scott or Diana at 250-378-3502.

For more information on all of the Thanksgiving weekend activities, go to the Nicola Valley Dirt Riders Association website: nvdra.com