DRAPER It's never too early to start a little BYU vs. Utah rivalry banter, and it doesn't have to be limited to the football field, either.
Though the big football game between the schools is still two months away, fans from both schools can try to get the best of each other on Saturday on South Mountain in a time trial bike race up Traverse Ridge Road and support a good cause at the same time.
Bikes for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides free bicycles, helmets and locks for needy children, is sponsoring the event and hopes to see plenty of cyclists come out to challenge the 3-mile section of road in a race against the clock that finishes at the now-vacant Suncrest Market.
"The Red vs. Blue Time Trial is a great opportunity for our cycling club to help Bikes for Kids Utah while promoting some healthy school rivalry," said Patrick Davis, president of the BYU Cycling Club in a press release. "We look forward to gathering with fellow Cougars to raise money for a very worthy cause."
The course is short, but has more than 1,300 feet of vertical gain and covers sections of road with a steep grade of 10 or 12 percent.
"Despite the notoriously challenging climb of Traverse Ridge, our team is excited to put ourselves to the test against riders, fans and alumni from our rival school," said Joel Hsia, University of Utah cycling team president.
"In addition to supporting Bikes for Kids Utah, we hope our involvement in the time trial will help increase awareness of the sport of cycling in Utah."
In addition to bragging rights at the schools, there are prizes on the line for the fastest men and women in each age group. Registration is $25 per cyclist.
For more information, visit bikesforkidsutah.com.