FALL CYCLE TOUR: Buffalo, fall colors and Old Faithful are on the list of "things you'll see" on the Fall Cycle Tour '98 in Yellowstone National Park.
The organized bicycle ride will be held Oct. 2-4. A similar ride was held in May, but at that time the road to Old Faithful was closed. For this ride, says Clyde Seely, one of the West Yellowstone organizers, a day has been set aside just to visit Yellowstone's most famous geyser.On Oct. 2, bikers will tour roads both inside and outside the national park.
On Oct. 3, an organized ride will go to Old Faithful, a distance of about 30 miles. Seely said there would be a shuttle to either drive riders into the geyser or to shuttle them back to West Yellowstone. Bikers can also ride the entire route. A dinner and video screening will be held that evening.
On Oct. 4, riders will have the option of biking or touring.
Registration fee is $25 and includes a gift pack, shuttle, dinner and movie tickets for children.
"Yellowstone is at its best in the fall. The animals are active and the fall colors are beautiful, but best of all the crowds have all gone," said Seely.
For information call 406-646-7701.
BENEFIT EVENTS AT RACEWAY: McPhilomy Racing and Suntana Raceway Park, as part of its regular oval-track programs on Saturday, will hold special benefit events for disadvantaged and physically challenged children.
Between 1 and 5 p.m., McPhilomy Racing has scheduled a number of special events for the guests, including the appearance of the Utah Jazz Bear, the Utah National Guard dragster and motorcycle jumping contests.
The children will also be hosted to a night of oval-track racing. Gates will officially open at 5 p.m. with racing to start at 7 p.m.
Race classes include legends, late models, Thunder Trucks and Stocks, and ministocks.
Track officials are also asking fans to bring donated items that can be auctioned off. Proceeds will go to the Shriner's Children's Hospital and The Untied Way.
To reach Suntana Raceway, take the Springville exit (No. 263) off I-15, then follow the frontage road south for one mile. For information call 801-491-7509.
UTAHN WINS CYCLE EVENT: Randy Montgomery, executive director of the Utah Sports Authority, proved he has talents outside ski jumping and bobsled runs. Last weekend, Montgomery, riding a CZ 250, placed first in the 50-plus class at National Motocross event at Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The national event is put on by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association and is open to riders on vintage motorcycles. The win opened the door for Montgomery to compete in the CZ Motocross World Championships in November in Whitman, Ariz.
JET SKI WINNER: Aziz Gaily of West Valley is the owner of a 1998 Jet Ski 1100 STX, after taking and passing a safe boating course, Utah Boating Basics.
Under a program initiated by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, participants read the Utah boating book, then completed the examination. Gaily's name was selected at random from those to took and passed the course.
"We organized the giveaway to encourage boaters and anyone interested in water safety to learn Utah's boating laws and rules," said Richard Droesbeke, boating educational specialist with the DPR.
BUFFALO BARBECUE: The 2nd annual Buffalo Barbecue will be held Saturday on Antelope Island.
Events will include a pre-roundup tour of the buffalo corrals at 3 p.m., which will be conducted by former park manager Mitch Larsson, followed by a social at 4:30 p.m. and a buffalo-roast dinner at 6 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Antelope Island. Country singer Brenn Hill will provide entertainment.
Tickets are available from the Davis Country Tourism, Antelope State Park Visitors Center or gate house, or any of the Friends for Antelope Island board members. Cost of $17. For information call 451-3286.
RAPTOR WATCH: Utah Raptor Watch Day will be Saturday, with informational stations set up at five locations around the state.
Viewing sites will be at Wellsville Mountains, west of Mendon; Goshute Mountains, southwest of Wendover; Big Mountain Pass, on the road to East Canyon Reservoir; Squaw Peak, east of Provo; and Fish Creek, which is near the microwave tower on North Skyline Drive.
The event is sponsored by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and HawkWatch International. The stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DWR staff will be on hand to help identify birds and answer questions. This is the time of year when vultures, hawks, falcons and eagles begin migration flights.
Those visiting a station should bring a spotting scope or binoculars.