Amish Country Bike Tour Welcomes Cyclists of All Ages & Abilities on September 12, 2015

August 4, 2015
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Kent County Tourism
DOVER, DE
August 4, 2015

Whether you’re an experienced cyclist who can conquer 100 miles in a day, or a beginner just hoping to complete 15 miles, the Amish Country Bike Tour is one of the top East Coast cycling events that meets the needs of all ages and abilities on Saturday, September 12 in Dover, Delaware. It also soothes the appetite of cyclists, during the famous “pie stop” at an Amish schoolhouse where locally-baked pies are served.

“We have people registered from age one to 82,” said Lorraine Dion, Director of Special Events and Public Relations for Kent County Tourism, the non-profit organization that produces the event, now in its 29th year. “Obviously the one-year-old will be a passenger, but it shows the diversity of ages and that families, clubs, singles and couples can enjoy the event.”

Online and mail-in registration (http://www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com) will remain open through September 8, and cyclists may also register on the day of the event from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mass start begins at 8 a.m. for the 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100-mile loops, or cyclists can start individually between 8-10 a.m. Each loop starts and stops at Legislative Mall.

Cost of the event is $60 per adult; $30 5-16; and free for children under five. It includes a full catered barbecue meal, map, up to four food/rest stops including the famous “pie stop” at the Amish Schoolhouse where slices of locally-baked pie will be served, plus the catered barbecue meal consisting of pulled pork and chicken with sides after the tour.

Many refer to the Amish Country Bike Tour as their “warm up ride” for a series of fall cycling events to come. Another reason cyclists flock to Dover for the event is the fact that this bike tour does not require cyclists to raise money for causes. A portion of every registration fee benefits the Dover YMCA, participating churches, the Amish Schoolhouse Fund and as many as seven additional local organizations. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to these causes on behalf of the cyclists.

“Another reason why the Amish Country Bike Tour is among the longest-running and perhaps most popular bike tours on the East Coast,” said Ms. Dion. “Is the fact that our roads are ‘as flat as a pancake’ as our Amish neighbors would say.” Last year’s event drew 2,700 cyclists from a 25-state region. More than 20 teams and clubs are already registered for this year’s ride.

For more information or to register and book lodging, call Kent County Tourism at 800-233-5368 or visit www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com. The event is also on Facebook and Pinterest.

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