Amish Country Bike Tour Rescheduled for Saturday, October 25 in Delaware
DOVER, DE – The 22nd Annual Amish Country Bike Tour has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2008. The bike tour was previously set for September 6, but was cancelled due to unsafe road conditions caused by Tropical Storm Hannah’s high winds and rain. The bike tour will begin at Legislative Mall in Dover.
All pre-registrations will be honored, and those not registered can sign up online at www.visitdover.com, or anytime between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on October 25 at the registration tent on Legislative Mall. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 16 years of age. The official bike tour start is set for 8 a.m., though cyclists may begin anytime between 7 and 10 a.m.
“We are truly sorry for the inconvenience that rescheduling the bike tour has caused to our faithful and loyal followers,” said Cindy Small, Executive Director of Kent County Tourism, the non-profit organization that sponsors the bike tour. “It is the first time in the event’s 22-year history that it has been cancelled. We thank our cyclists, the 100+ volunteers, community organizations, the news media and sponsors who are doing their best to assist us in rescheduling this event.”
Most of the scheduled activities will take place on October 25, including the team challenge awards and the picnic lunch. Return to Nature Kayaking will offer a sunset kayaking adventure from 5-7 p.m., launching from the beach on Silver Lake in Dover. Return to Nature will be available at Legislative Mall on Saturday morning, October 25, for those who want to sign up to kayak. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a non-cotton jacket in case of cooler weather. The cost is $25 per person, which includes the guided tour, equipment and kayak usage.
Last year’s event drew nearly 1,500 cyclists of all ages and abilities, as well as cycling clubs, to partake in the 15, 25, 50 and 62-mile loops that wind through Delaware’s Amish country. A perennial favorite is the first food stop, hosted by the Amish community at the Amish Country Schoolhouse. Home-baked pies and cookies, along with healthy snacks are a cherished commodity, served by members of the Amish community.
The Team Challenge competition will feature trophies for groups of 25 or more in the following categories: Finish Line Award – team completing the most miles; Community Pride Award – team with the largest number of participating cyclists; and Best Dressed Award – send your team dressed in coordinated shirts to market your organization (t-shirts, golf shirts, cycling shirts, etc.).
Proceeds will benefit the Central Delaware YMCA and the Amish Schoolhouse. Those interested in learning more about the Bike Tour may call 302-734-4888, 800-233-5368 or register online at www.visitdover.com.