Inaugural Clear Water Classic held at Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A new Chippewa Valley event took place for the first time Friday night.

The Clear Water Classic was created to allow motorcyclists to congregate the day before the Red Flint Firecracker Race. This is a self-paced bike photo scavenger hunt of Eau Claire landmarks all over the city.

Organizers wanted a ride that would help riders get to know the places and people of the Chippewa Valley.

The free activity included eight venues, including the Hank Aaron statue in Carson Park and Modicum Breweries and The Growler Guys. A food truck and drinks were also available at Lowe’s Creek, the start and end point of the ride.

Host CORBA, a volunteer organization in the Chippewa Valley, says part of its mission is to create opportunities like this for mountain bikers in the area.

“[CORBA is] the Chippewa Off Road Bicycling Association,” said organization secretary Walt Ostrander. “We do things like partner with the county to help build and maintain trail systems like these in Lowes Creek. We have trails in four different counties in the state, so it’s a pretty large trail system overall, but it’s a volunteer-run organization. Anyone can join and become a member. So we’re just promoting recreation and trails for everyone.

They plan to bring the ride back next year with live music, more stops, and prizes for everyone. To learn more about CORBA and their future events, Click here.

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