Annual bike ride changes dates

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Dave Adsit is hoping a new month will bring some nicer weather.

Adsit, the Valley Rally Bicycle Ride chairman, decided to move the fourth annual Valley Rally Bicycle Ride from October to September this year. The last three years the event has been hampered by the weather, so this year’s event will be held this Saturday at Clearbrook Park, rain or shine.

Registration has been going on for the event and the early registration deadline was this past Sunday, but late registration continues all the way until race day Saturday and is $40, including the $10 late fee. Cyclists can register online anytime or on site starting at 7 a.m. The event begins at 8 a.m.

There are four different rides, covering distances of 25 miles, 50, 65 or 100. The courses wind through the Northern Shenandoah valley and the Eastern Panhandle in West Virginia. Each course has rest stops with volunteers at each one.

“The courses go through some of the most beautiful parts of the area,” Adsit said. “They are some really nice routes.”

Adsit, a Boy Scouts volunteer, said he and his Boy Scouts advisor Mark Pennington were both cyclists and decided a few years ago it would be fun to have an event like this in the area.

“We did it and it’s been great,” Adsit said.

Adsit said the race is for anyone, not just the Boy Scouts. He said there have already been approximately 45 people registered for the event, which is already more than last year. Adsit said that they have people registered for each of the four courses, but if someone wanted to change their mind and change what course they were riding on Saturday they can.

Adsit said there were around 50 volunteers for the event, including three or four at each rest stop.

Each rest stop will have water, Gatorade and some mechanical support provided by area bicycle shops such as Blue Ridge Bicycles and Pedal and Paddle in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

There will also be a group of Boy Scouts riding in the 50-mile event to complete their bicycling merit badge.

“They’ve already rode for 10 miles and 25 miles. The requirements for the badges are you have to ride at different segments of 10, 25 and 50,” Adsit said.

The money from the event goes towards facility management programs at the Boy Scouts Camp held at Camp Rock Enon in Gore.

“It’s for a very good cause,” Adsit said. “It’s a very good program.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or Follow on Twitter @tkeelernvd

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