By Jeff Nations
Valley Rally Bike Ride Chairman Dave Adsit has modest hopes for Oct. 12 -- decent weather, for a start, and at least a few dozen riders eager to take in the scenery.
The third annual Valley Rally Bike Ride, a rain or shine event, is scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 12. Starting at Frederick County's Clearbrook Park, the ride -- emphasis on that, it's not a race -- offers a little something for all skill and interest levels.
The ride, hosted by the Shenandoah Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, is a benefit for the Boy Scouts' Camp Rock Enon in Gore. Members of the Boy Scouts will even be on hand, manning some of the five rest stops set up along the various routes.
The Valley Rally Bike Ride actually consists of six different routes, each catering to a different group of cyclists. There are two family rides, one 3.5 miles and the other 12 miles, along with a 25-mile, 50-mile, 65-mile "metric century and 100-mile "English century" routes available to riders. Adsit said all will feature breathtaking scenery. The rides run through parts of Frederick and Clarke counties, plus some time in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.
"It kind of meanders through that part of the countryside,," Adsit said. "It's beautiful this time of year. The fall colors are vibrant."
It may be beautiful, but the Valley Rally still offers significant challenges for riders regardless of experience.
"It's a little rolling," Adsit said. "If you've been around here long enough, you know you're not going to find anything flat."
The Valley Rally offers additional support, in addition to the fully stocked rest stops offering drinks to riders on the course. The event provides full SAG (Safety and Gear) support for riders, with roadside assistance for breakdowns and even rides for those who are unable to complete the ride.
The registration fee for the Valley Rally is $40, and includes a T-shirt. The shorter, 3.5-mile family ride is just $15 for one adult and one child (no T-shirts included).
Adsit said the event is still relatively small, with about 45 participants last year.
"We're not inundated with riders," Adsit said. "We're entering our third year and we're still very small. We would love to see 50 to 75 riders, but a lot of that will depend on the weather. We have a fair amount of sign-ups right now."
The Valley Rally draws local as well as out-of-town riders, with varying degrees of ability. Adsit hopes more local cyclists are up for a ride on Oct. 12.
"This is a ride, not to be confused with a race," Adsit said. "It's a cycling ride. We wanted to be able to offer cyclists another opportunity to ride, just get out and see the scenery. It's just an opportunity to see some beautiful country."
For more information or to register online for the Valley Rally Bike Ride, visit the website at www.valleyrallybikeride.com.
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