Back for an 11th year, Dickens of a Ride proves to be the region’s favorite family-friendly ride for all ages and fitness levels.
The ride, which begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 from Gazebo Park in downtown Claremore, includes seven distances ranging from seven to 100 miles. The Lazy Lake Loop is perfect for families. Other distances include 18, 30, 50, 62, 76 and 100-mile routes.
Registration is just $25 for any distances, but prices do increase this weekend. Riders can register online or with a downloadable registration form.
“Dickens of a Ride is one of my favorite Claremore Main Street events,” said Jessica Jackson, director of the nonprofit. “I love watching all the riders come back in after a day out on the road with smiles on their faces and seeing the accomplishment of those who complete a new distance for the first time.”
Riders and nonriders alike are encouraged to purchase a long-sleeved ride t-shirt, featuring the classic high-wheeler, for $20. Pre-order of shirts to ensure the right size ends Sept. 14.
The ride includes well-supplied rest stops and SAG and mechanical support through 5 p.m. as well as a map with instructions.
“Our volunteers provide some amazing rest stops,” Jackson said. “Not only are there fun photo opportunities throughout the ride, but riders can enjoy baked goods and other goodies at rest stops.
The available routes, depending on the distance chosen by the rider, will take you through the scenic country side west of Claremore, through Oologah, then to the Claremore Lake area.
The longer routes will continue east of Claremore through rolling hillsides then back into Claremore from the East, ending the ride back at the start, downtown Claremore’s Gazebo Park.
Many riders will randomly be chosen as recipients of door prizes. Once returning, riders should visit the registration table at the finish line to see if they won and to claim their prize.
Boom-a-Rang Diner will provide a $3.99 rider breakfast special before the ride on Oct. 6. Packet pickup/registration is Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Bike-About Bicycles, 300 W. Will Rogers Blvd., or ride morning beginning at 6 a.m. at Gazebo Park.
The event is made possible thanks to a number of sponsors, especially Major Sponsor Bike-About Bicycles and Supporting Sponsor RCB Bank.
Proceeds from the ride benefit Claremore Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown district and reigniting the area as the social core of our community.
For more information or to register, visit downtownclaremore.org. The official ride hashtag is #DickensRide2018.