Inaugural event still accepting registration

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 06:19 PM

Registration is open through Saturday morning for the inaugural Tour de Vance, an event featuring three rides of varying distances with biking activities for children.

Interested participants can register online at until midnight on Friday, or at Vance-Granville Community College beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Scheduled for Saturday will be a 30-mile ride and a 60-mile ride for more seasoned riders, with the 60-mile ride passing Kerr Lake.

A 10-mile route will also be set up for youth, families and beginners.

All three rides are scheduled to depart from VGCC at 8:30 a.m.

“There will be rest stops at Nutbush Park, at Bullocksville Park and at Hicksboro Volunteer Fire Department,” said Nancy Gray, executive director of the United Way. “People will be there to give them food and drink and a place to rest.”

The 10-mile family ride also departing from VGCC will send riders to Oxford-Henderson Airport, where a rest stop will be set up for riders to enjoy before their journey back.

“This is a ride,” Gray said. “It’s not a race, it’s just a recreational ride to get out and have fun and some exercise, and see our beautiful countryside.”

Children ages 2 to 5 will have a place to ride on site at VGCC. They are welcome and encouraged to bring tricycles, big wheels or bicycles.

“A Girl Scout troop is going to have places on site that they can ride a course, even little ones, and they’ll be having art activities as well,” Gray said. “It will be great fun for them.”

Child participants are charged a $5 registration fee, which includes a take home goody pack, and the chance to win a bicycle.

For kids age 6 to 11 years, the Henderson Optimist Club will host a bike rodeo, where kids compete in a skill riding competition.

“They’ll be divided into two groups,” Gray said. “We’re giving away trophies for first, second and third places in the two age groups.

“A bike will also be given away to the overall winner for skills, the one who gets the most points.”

Registration for the 10-mile ride is $20, and includes up to four members of the same family or household.

For the 30- and 60-mile rides, a $40 registration fee is required.

All proceeds go to the Vance County United Way.

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