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Bicyclists will hit the road for second year

WORTHINGTON -- Last year, more than 40 bicyclists took to the roads around Worthington for the first Regatta Bike Ride. Although pleased with the turnout, organizers would like to improve on those numbers the second time around.

"We're hoping to build on that," said Kenton Meier, Worthington.

The bike ride is sponsored by the Sports and Rec Committee of the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, of which Meier is a member. Bicyclists can preregister at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, or registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park. The ride will begin at 9 a.m., with 15, 30-and 50-mile routes planned.

"They will pretty much be the same," Meier said. "The only thing different is the 50-mile route is different this year because of road construction."

In 2007, the majority of riders took the middle road -- the 30-mile route -- with the fewest number of bicyclists opting for the 50-mile trek. Meier emphasizes that the ride is strictly recreational, but does take some endurance, especially for the longer routes.

"I don't know if people think it's a bike race, but it's a bike ride," he stressed. "It's a just-for-fun thing."

Participants are charged a fee, with a discount given to participating families that have three or more riders. Preregistered participants will be guaranteed a Worthington Regatta Bike Ride T-shirt, with a limited number available to others the day of the ride, and everyone will receive a lunch ticket redeemable at the Regatta site.

Support vehicles will follow the riders, and bicycle helmets are encouraged.

For more information about the 2008 Regatta Bike Ride, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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