If you’ve never biked the quiet roadways and backtrails of Tinian, the 15th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival Feb. 16-17, 2019, in The Marianas will make it easier than ever with free transportation for bike racers from Saipan to Tinian.
The 65K Pika Bike Race will be held on Feb. 16 at 6 a.m. and will begin and end at the festival site at Kammer Beach. Bikers from Saipan who register for the race will be able to travel on the Feb. 15 ferry to Tinian at 5 p.m.
The MVA will offer ferry service between Tinian and Saipan on Feb. 15-18, 2018. The ferry schedule is: Feb. 15, departing Saipan at 5 p.m. and departing Tinian that evening; Feb. 16, departing Saipan at 9 a.m. and departing Tinian at 4 p.m.; Feb. 17, departing Saipan at 9 a.m. and departing Tinian at 4 p.m.; and Feb. 18, departing Saipan at 8 a.m. and departing Tinian at 12 p.m. The Super Emerald ferry will depart from the Commonwealth Ports Authority dock in Lower Base, passengers and must check in one hour before departure.
Ferry round trip cost is $25 for ages 3-11, $35 for ages 12 and older, and free for children ages 0-2. For one way, the cost is $10 for ages 3-11, $18 for ages 12 and older, and free for children ages 0-2. Advance ticket purchase is required and will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Ticket purchases may be made at the MVA Office in Tinian or Saipan. Cash payments only will be accepted.
A repertoire of old and new competitions is also in the works, according to Concepcion. Other activities during the weekend include live entertainment, a variety of local dishes for sale, indigenous craft sales, and games such as umang (hermit crab) races and beach volleyball.
Campgrounds are open to the public at Kammer Beach, which has restrooms and showers.
The event is co-organized by the Tinian Mayor’s Office andTinian Municipal Council and sponsored byBicycling Association of Tinian and MVA members. Available hotels on island are Tinian Ocean View and Lorilynn’s Hotel. Air service from Saipan to Tinian is provided by Star Marianas. Airport shuttle will be offered by the MVA to and from the festival site, which will be in San Jose village.
For more information on the Tinian Hot Pepper Festival, visit The Marianas Calendar at www.mymarianas.com or the MVA Facebook page, call the MVA Tinian office at 1.670.433.9365, or email MVA Tinian Field Supervisor Vida Borja at firstname.lastname@example.org.