Frederick County’s two highest profile bicycling events, the Tour de Frederick (TdF) and the Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race have officially joined forces to offer a full weekend’s worth of bicycling activities August 14-16. Organizers for the TdF, a weekend of recreational bike rides for cyclists of all ability levels, also announced that in an effort to attract more youth cyclists the registration fee for riders ages 11-17 has been reduced to $5. Youth riders must be accompanied by a registered adult.
The TdF has become the biggest fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. Presenting sponsors this year are Lancaster Craftsman Builders and M&T Bank. Cyclists can choose to either raise funds as part of a team, or they can pay a flat registration fee only. Details and registration are available at http://www.tourdefrederick.com
“Our objective in joining efforts is to offer cyclists the most unique cycling weekend. There is no other place that offers beautiful scenic rides of TdF and then watching a High wheel race.” said TdF director Carole Heine.
“Having the high wheel race, a true spectator’s delight, operate under our umbrella gives us the opportunity to offer more options for those interested in riding and spectating. We are already planning some fun additions to the high wheel event. For example, we’ve added a children’s high wheel race at 4 p.m. sponsored by Frederick County Bank just prior to the big event, which will begin at 4:30 and is sponsored by Brewer’s Alley and Visit Frederick.” All high wheel events begin and end on Market Street in front of Brewer’s Alley.
Eric Rhodes, creator of the high wheel race, agreed saying “this partnership enables my wife Jeanne and I to focus on what we do best – organize the best and only high wheel bike race in America, while leaving the financial responsibilities and fundraising activities to the Tour de Frederick folks, who do that best.”
Tour de Frederick founder Neil Sandler, publisher of Spokes Magazine, felt strongly that more needs to be done to attract young riders to events like the TdF. “I’ve always been concerned that not enough young people spend enough time playing outside or riding their bikes. Hopefully, this highly discounted rate will spur more parents to bring their kids.”
This year’s Tour begins Friday, August 14 with a 2 p.m. eight-mile history loop. The ride, led by seasoned Frederick historians, begins and ends at the Delaplaine Arts Center on Carroll Creek. This ride, with numerous stops at Frederick City’s many historic sites, will take approximately two hours and is a good ride for riders of all abilities. There will also be the opportunity to “Meet and Greet” some of the high wheel racers that evening to get a true close-up of these amazing machines.
Rides on Saturday range from a 10-mile family ride, a 36-mile club ride, a 64-mile metric century and a 101-mile century, which will enter parts of southern Pennsylvania and historic Gettysburg. All of this year’s rides will be less hilly than last year, which crossed over into Middletown Valley.
Saturday’s rides, which begin and end at the Delaplaine Arts Center on Carroll Creek, are designed to end early enough for riders to attend a Finish Line Party BBQ and then walk into downtown to view the high wheel race activities which begin at 4 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. Don’t forget to check out the antique bicycle display in front of City Hall before and during the race.
Sunday’s ride will be Maryland’s most well known ride, the Covered Bridges Ride, beginning and ending at Utica District Park just off Rt. 15 on Old Frederick Road. The 36-mile loop will cross over all three covered bridges plus a rest stop at Loy’s Station Covered Bridge.
For more information or to register for this year’s events go to www.tourdefrederick.com
Having a cycling weekend in Frederick should be awesome! Plus, I always love watching the High Wheel Race!