28th Annual Amish Country Bike Tour Early Bird Registration Ends May 15, 2014

May 6, 2014
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AMISH COUNTRY BIKE TOUR
DOVER, DE
May 6, 2014

It’s the event that draws people of all ages and abilities from across the state, across the country and even across the ocean! Now in its 28th year, the Amish Country Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, September 6, headquartered on Legislative Avenue in historic Downtown Dover.

The early bird deadline for the best individual registration fee is coming up on Thursday, May 15. The following are the upcoming deadlines:

• Before May 16: $40/adult; $20/5-16 years; Under 5 free
• May 17-July 31: $50/adult; $25/5-16; Under 5 free
• August 1-September 6: $60/Adult; $30/5-16; Under 5 free

Team registration is also open. Teams must have 10 members to qualify for the discounted rates. To enter as a team, team captains should email csmall@visitdover.com or call 302-734-1736. The 2014 presenting sponsor of the bike tour is WSFS Bank, and the exclusive newspaper sponsor is Delaware State News.

Registration fee includes choice of five loops (15, 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles); up to four food/rest stops depending on the chosen loop; a slice of locally-baked pie served at the Amish Schoolhouse; bike tour maps; cyclist support; bike mechanics on duty; live music; and an after-tour party that includes a catered barbecue chicken and pulled port lunch with vegetarian options. Commemorative T-shirts are available for an additional fee and must be ordered in advance as they will not be available for sale the day of the event.

Amish Country Bike Tour cyclists are not required to raise funds or have a minimum donation to participate. A portion of every registration benefits the Dover YMCA and other community organizations and causes. “That’s one of the things our cyclists enjoy about the bike tour,” said Cindy Small, Executive Director of Kent County Tourism, which produces the event. “They are riding not only for fun and health benefits, but also for great causes, yet they aren’t burdened with raising extra funds.”

“Last year’s event was our largest ever with slightly more than 2,500 cyclists,” said Small. “While the majority of our cyclists come from Delaware and the nearby Mid-Atlantic States, more than 500 came from as far away as Vermont, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Iowa, Illinois and even the U.K.”

For more information or to register, visit www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com. Cyclists have the choice of registering online or downloading the registration form to fax, email or mail in. Early bird discount will be honored as long as mail is postmarked by May 15. For more information, call 302-734-4888.

Submitted Photo: Cheryl Kerr of Byler’s Country Store bakes and helps serve more than 200 pies of various varieties at the Amish Schoolhouse food/rest stop during the Amish Country Bike Tour.  Byler’s is a long-time Amish Country Bike Tour sponsor.

Cheryl Kerr of Byler’s Country Store bakes and helps serve more than 200 pies of various varieties at the Amish Schoolhouse food/rest stop during the Amish Country Bike Tour. Byler’s is a long-time Amish Country Bike Tour sponsor. Submitted Photo

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