Fort Irwin To Host Bicycle Race From Army Installation To NASA Facility

By Staff Reports

(Fort Irwin)–Fort Irwin will host the “Tour de Irwin,” a 41-mile bicycle race, 10.5-mile fun ride and a 2.5-mile youth race for ages 12 and under, May 18. The event is open to the public.

This year marks the 7th anniversary of the Tour de Irwin hosted by U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Irwin. The bicycle route starts at Fort Irwin’s Outdoor Recreation, building 4100, and takes riders through the NASA Goldstone complex around the Mars and Apollo stations.

Pre-registration is $30 for the 41-mile race, $20 for 10.5-mile fun ride and $10 for the 2.5-mile youth race. Day of race registration is an additional $5 for all riders. The 41-mile and 10.5-mile races have three categories; one is for ages 13-35, the Masters is for riders 36-45 years and the Silver for ages 46 and older. First, second and third place prizes for each category will be awarded.

Participants must have valid government-issued photo identification, proof of insurance and valid vehicle registration for access to Fort Irwin.

To learn more about the Tour de Irwin or to download a registration form visit www.fortirwinfmwr.com or call Fort Irwin’s Outdoor Recreation at (760) 380-4327.

About Fort Irwin and the National Training Center: Located approximately 37 miles northeast of Barstow, Calif., in the High Mojave Desert, between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The NTC is the premier combat training center in the world providing world class training to joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-national units preparing for deployment to any operating environment across the world. The scenario and training area at the NTC matches the real-world operating environment. Our enduring priorities are to: train for the warfight; care for Soldiers and Families; forge partnerships, and; preserve the all-volunteer force. Military units on the installation include the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 916th Support Brigade and Operations Group; all are dedicated to training America’s warfighters for combat. The NTC conducts 10, 28-day training rotations per year. Approximately 50,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines were trained in fiscal year 2011.

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