Warm weather brings the beginning of biking season
HUNTINGTON -- It's spring and it seems like the whole world is in motion.
With the trees in bloom and the warm weather all around, it's a perfect time to dust off the bicycle and get back out for a ride or two.
That's easy to do as there are some great bicycle rides planned around the Tri-State. Here's a look at a few upcoming rides.
Critical Mass Huntington
Rain or shine, you can enjoy the fellowship of other cyclists every third Friday of the month as part of the monthly Critical Mass ride in Huntington. This month, riders will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 at the Ritter Park fountain for a casual, flat ride through the city.
Cyclists will travel about six miles during the free monthly event that is open to any area cyclists and skateboarders. The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992. Locally, the ride has been going on in Huntington since July 2009.
Huntington's Critical Mass is organized by Huntington bicycle commuter Joel Mullins, who rides year round in Huntington.
Keep up with the Huntington cycling scene online at www.facebook.com/huntingtoncritical mass and check that page and The Herald-Dispatch calendar for other upcoming rides.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt-- Bicycle Edition
Do you love to bicycle and enjoy a family-friendly Easter Egg hunt? Have we got the bicycle ride for you. Meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the fountain at Ritter Park for a Kidical Mass called -- The Great Easter Egg Hunt Bicycle Edition.
Children of all ages are welcome. Bring 12 filled plastic eggs for every child participating.
"Some eggs will be placed along the ride, with the majority found at the end of the ride. If anyone wants to help, but not ride, we could use people to spread the eggs around the lawn at Ritter after the kids take off," said Cara Bailey, one of the organizers.
Feel free to decorate bikes, baskets and helmets for the ride. Invite your friends, the more, the merrier. For more info, contact Bailey on her FB page at https://www.facebook.com/carabaileywv.
Tour De PATH
Originally held in the fall, the annual Tour de PATH (Paul Ambrose Trail for Health) has a couple of changes. One is that it is now a free ride, and secondly, the ride has been moved to Saturday, May 3.
This year's Tour de PATH will be in conjunction with the Healthy Huntington Festival, a healthy day of celebration. The Healthy Huntington Festival includes a 5K walk/run, Cross Fit games, fitness demonstrations, healthy vendors and Tour de PATH.
This year, Tour de PATH will move from Heritage Station to Pullman Square. Riders will leave the square at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3. They can choose three routes: a 4-mile ride in downtown, a 10-mile ride beginning downtown and traveling to Ritter Park, and a 25-mile complete tour of PATH.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Tour de PATH 2014 t-shirts will be available to purchase with all proceeds benefiting the PATH.
ACE Meeting On Southside
Ever want to get into road bicycling, and also check out the new location for the freshly-moved Huntington Cycle and Sport? You can knock out two birds with one stone with a visit to the new Huntington Cycle and Sport, 1010 10th St. (across from the Synagogue), at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19 when the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts are meeting.
Come out and meet some of the area's most dedicated road cyclists during this special open house at HCS.
Rally for Autism
West Virginia Autism Training Center (WVATC), located at Marshall University, will have the 13th annual Rally for Autism on Saturday, April 26, at Ritter Park in Huntington.
The event will feature the Seaton and Moira Taylor 5K Walk, sponsored by Campbell Woods PLLC; a Rally for Autism 5K run; and a Rally for Autism 25-mile bike ride. There are two types of participation, individual or team, and members of the public are invited to either create a team or join an existing one.
The event benefits the West Virginia Autism Training Center; the Autism Society River Cities Chapter, formerly known as the Huntington Area Society; and the Autism Services Center. The three agencies are all based in the Huntington area and all funds raised will stay local.
Registration fees for all the events will be $20 for early registration and $25 on the day of the event. Registration may be done online at www.rallyforautism.org until 6 a.m. Friday, April 15, or on site the day of the race, beginning at 7:30 a.m. All events will kick off at 8:50 a.m.
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