|8/1/2013 4:57:00 PM|
Escarpment Bike Tour to start from Ledge View
The dewy quiet of early morning on Sunday, Aug. 4 will have bicyclists out enjoying the scenery on local roads as volunteers orchestrate Ledge View Nature Center's 26th annual Escarpment Bike Tour.
Approximately 40 volunteers from the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center will mark routes from Stockbridge south to Parnell Tower, and from Lake Winnebago east to Louis Corners; then offer a cyclist's breakfast at the park, run sag service for riders, staff food, beverage, and necessary stations on the routes, and serve the concluding spaghetti dinner back at the nature center that day.
The event brings participants from communities both near and far, some to take a pleasant family spin of eight to 12 miles; others working on a personal endurance goals on routes from 25 to 100 miles in length. It is one of the Friends group's largest fundraisers for Ledge View, with an impact felt far beyond its date-the ride supplies funds that equip the center's programs and helps with exhibit development and maintenance, including feeding the nature center's live animals.
Registration is open all the way through the morning of Aug. 4, but there are some benefits to registering early or coming with a couple of friends-fees are discounted, and riders age 12 and under receive a free T-shirt if registrations are received by July 17, while groups of at least three people qualify for a "team" discount, too.
Pre-registration fees are $50 for a family, $25 for an individual ($20 for team member), $20 for college students and members of Ledge View's friends group, and $12 for youths. Brochures are available now from the nature center, W2348 Short Rd., Chilton. Participants may alternatively register online at Active.com, or print off the registration form from the friends group's Web site, www.ledgeviewnaturecenter.org. More information is available from the nature center, 849-7094.
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