Riders for the Higley 100 Bike Tour line up for some pre-course instruction from course designer David Trithart prior to the ride Saturday. Photo submitted by Judy Fuhr.
COLTON — Nearly 60 cyclists turned out for the 13th Higley 100 Bike Tour Saturday.
Organizers proclaimed the primary fund raiser for the Friends of Higley Flow State Park a success, even though the good weather promised for the day did not materialize. Riders began the day in rainy, sub 50 degree temperatures.
In spite of the weather, everyone who had pre-registered participated, and were joined by an additional 21 same-day entries, bringing the total to 59 riders, said tour organizers in a press release.
The group was fairly evenly split between those participating in the 100K and 50k distances.
The tour was not competitive, but some cyclists, who additionally do race, breezed around the long course in three hours, returning to compare information on their GPS devices.
On the other end of the spectrum, two adults with their pre-school age child and toddler in tow in trailers, negotiated the 50k course with a stop mid-ride for a picnic with the children.
The entry fee for the race included a 2017 membership to the Friends group for participants. Members receive a newsletter twice a year updating them on activities sponsored by the group and also e-mail notifications for those who sign up.
Members enjoyed a post ride barbecue where all abilities shared experiences.
David Trithart, organizer and course designer, crafted a challenging, but scenic and enjoyable, ride with road markings, cue sheets and maps, said the press release.
Volunteers provided an on-course sag wagon and water stop support as well as mechanical support pre-ride.
Additionally, the local Animal Control Officer provided support, giving riders reassurance that the course was safe for everyone.
If you would like additional information about the Friends of HFSP, visit their website at www.higleyfriends.org.