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Are you ready to ride?

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010

Huntington, Ind.—Bicyclists from all over the Midwest are gearing up for the Seventh Annual Huntington Bicycle Challenge being held September 18-19.  The cycling event, organized by the Huntington County Visitor Bureau and 3 Rivers Velo Sport Bike Club, attracts both tour riders and competitive racers to compete for big dollars, or simply ride the course through beautiful scenic Huntington County.

Parkview Home Health & Hospice, title sponsor of the event, invite riders to view the exciting new video produced from footage taken from last year’s event.  Participants say “There is nothing else like it in the Midwest!”  Go to www.visithuntington.org/bikerace

The competition Race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and runs 140 miles (70 each day) both on and off road.  The two-day offers a shared cash purse to top winners in several categories, with extra bonuses for registered teams that finish first each day.  Cross bikes are recommended for the race, but road bikes or mountain bikes with slicks or semi slicks have also been used.  The registration fee for racers is $65.  Helmets are required and licenses are sold on site.

The non-competitive scenic Tour is $30 for one day and $40 for both days.  Riders can choose from 10.5-mile, 26-mile, or 60-mile courses.  A chance at door prizes, event T-shirt, and food is included with race, tour and business team events.

The Business Team Challenge will be held on Saturday only.  Businesses and Universities may sponsor teams of 3-6 riders for $250.  The special on-road course is 26-miles and offers winning teams gold medals, media attention and bragging rights.

Registration on the day of event opens at 8 am at 401 N. Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington.  The race begins at 9 am with Mayor Steve Updike, welcoming the participants, and blowing the start whistle.  State Representative, Dan Leonard, will do the same on Sunday.  The Business Team Challenge will begin at 9:15 am and the tour at 9:30 am.

For more information about the Huntington Bicycle Challenge go to www.visithuntington.org/bikerace or call 800-848-4282.  To register online go to www.TrueSport.com and to find out about other tours and events go to www.3rv.com.