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Despite return of cold weather, several bicycle events planned

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 06:36 PM

 HUNTINGTON — The weather may be making a cranky turn back toward the wilds of winter, but that isn’t stopping the bicycling community from organizing several cool events this weekend.

Layer up and put the lights on as it’s time for the monthly community bicycle ride called Critical Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the Ritter Park fountain.

Cyclists will travel about six miles during the free monthly event. The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992. Local cyclists do a Critical Mass ride very third Friday at 6:30 p.m. beginning near the Ritter Park fountain. The events are not races, and everyone can attend. The path follows a 6.3-mile loop through the city that is also a flat route.

Find out more on the Critical Mass Facebook site.

In downtown, the  Huntington Elks Lodge 313, located at 1015 4th Ave., will host a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, to raise money for homeless veterans.
Cost is $8 per person and one nonperishable food item with all of the proceeds going toward the Homeless Veterans Resource Center in downtown Huntington.

The Resource Center provides veterans with the information and skills they need to find permanent housing and seek employment.

The dinner is co-hosted by Tri-State Cyclists for Veterans, a group of cyclists who ride from Huntington to Washington, D.C., every year to raise money for the Resource Center. Donations can be made toward the group's cause via PayPal by using the email address cyclist4vets@aol.com. All donations are tax-deductible.

From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, a  bicycle rodeo is planned for noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Our Lady of Fatima School, in the lower parking lot.
 The school, located at 545 Norway Ave., will host the Rodeo, which is being organized and sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 43, the Huntington Police Department, and St. Mary's TIPS (Transportation Injury and Prevention Safety)
Come out for some family fun and learn all about bicycle safety. There will be an equipment check, hands-on practice, a helmet inspection, skill stations, obstacle courses and more.
For questions, contact Angell Stone at 336-406-9936 or email hite3@marshall.edu

And last but not least, across the border in Southern Ohio, there’s a 40-mile roundtrip road ride to Lake Hope State Park and back that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

 It’s the 13th annual Athens Bicycle Gravel Rowser. Check out a 40-ish-mile (round trip) ride plus optional 10-mile singletrack mountain bike race at the mid-point.

Course will be marked and maps provided. Ride at your own pace to and from Lake Hope. After riding to Lake Hope, either race or spectate before gorging at what they call the biggest aid station ever.

Suggested donation of $25 covers marked course, map, major snack options at Lake Hope, buffet dinner afterward and special 10th anniversary Gravel Rouser keepsake item.

 Go online at http://www.athensbicycle.com for more info.