More than 600 bicyclists turned out last year for the second-annual Bridge the Valley Bike Rally, which starts and ends in downtown Stillwater.
This year, organizers are hoping even more cyclists show up at the Aug. 13 event, which includes a series of rides designed for all ages and skills. Riders can choose from 10-, 25-, 45- and 70-mile loops on paved blacktop or an “epic 75-mile loop on gravel,” said Mark Fisher, chairman of the public image committee of Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club, which is helping organize the Bridge the Valley Bike Rally. “We call that the ‘Gravel Challenge.’”
There will be fully stocked rest stops and maintenance and support on all rides; there also will be live bands and food trucks, he said.
When a rider registers, they will get access to an app called “RidewithGPS,” an interactive mapping software that verbally and visually provides direction, Fisher said.
All rides will start and finish at Chestnut Plaza, immediately west of the Lift Bridge. Entry fees are $45 for adults, $35 for kids ages 6 to 18, and free for kids 5 and under; families, up to five riders, can register for $100.
For more information, go to www.bridgethevalley.org.