The Lyons Outdoor Games is a three-day (June 11 through 13) multi-sport event with appeal to both pros and weekend warriors. Prize money is offered in kayaking (freestyle, creek racing and slalom), mountain biking (short track, dirt jump, pump track, and long-distance), fly-fishing and skate boarding. A family-friendly event, kids activities include a free bike rodeo and a cadet class kayaking division that continues to grow by double-digit percentages each year. Even the family dog is welcome and encouraged to enter the “Canine Cannonball” and a hotly contested fetching competition. Spectators, who get caught up in the excitement of the sports at the viewer-friendly competition venues, can sign up onsite for low-cost clinics, some free and none costing more than $25. The skills clinics appeal to a range of adrenaline quotients from how to loop a kayak to tamer pursuits like proper fly rod casting technique. The clinics are conducted by visiting pro competitors, many of whom are tops in their respective sports.
The vibe for the Games is enhanced with foot-stomping music and thirst-quenching beer from title sponsor Oskar Blues Brewery, which started making its award-winning handcrafted canned beer in Lyons in 2002. Speaking of crafts, the uniquely “mountain man” craft of chainsaw carving will also be on display daily. For further information and to pre-register for competitions or clinics, some of which have participation caps, visit http://www.LyonsOutdoorGames.com. Entrance for all events for the general public is free.