The Orange County Bicycle Club’s annual Country Roads Bike Tour will be held on Sun., Sept. 17, beginning and ending at the Warwick Town Park, located at 117 Union Corners Rd. in Warwick. The charity bike tour, commonly known as “The Ride with the Camels,” will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan and The Sanctuary for Animals, home to the tour’s camel friends.
The Country Roads tour offers participants four cycling routes – approximately 10, 25, 45, or 65 miles each. Riders have the option of riding individually at their own pace following marked and signed roads with accompanying cue sheets or riding in a group led by an experienced Orange County Bicycle Club member.
The cost is $45 per adult rider for pre-registration which includes a complimentary gift, and $10 for children under age 12. The cost for “day of event” registration is $55 per adult and $15 per child under 12 (gift not included for “day of” registrations). Online registration is open on the Orange County Bicycle Club’s website at www.ocbicycleclub.org/country-roads-bicycle-tour. The tour is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be provided.
Tour day registration and check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Recommended departure times are 8 a.m. for the 65 mile route, 8:30 a.m. for the 45 mile route, 10 a.m. for the 25 mile route, and 10:30 a.m. for the 10 mile route.
Registered riders will enjoy well-marked routes and Support and Gear (SAG) support will be available to assist riders as needed. Rest stops placed at reasonable intervals along each of the routes will include snacks, beverages, and bathroom facilities. Lunch and live music will be provided at Warwick Town Park following the ride.
The portion of the proceeds received by Catholic Charities will be used to support the agency’s anti-poverty programs, which include emergency food and shelter assistance, in both Orange and Sullivan Counties.