The Bicycling Club of Milledgeville hosts the seventh annual April Fool’s Ride next week to raise funds for the club’s advocacy projects and activities, and to promote bicycling safety and awareness within the central Georgia area.
“The bicycle ride is geared toward all ages at all levels of fitness,” said Tom Glover, president of the local bike club. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ride and registration go straight into providing educational rides, training and to cover the cost of everything the club does for the community during the year.”
The April Fool’s Ride kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Central State Hospital’s Pecan Grove with on-site registration beginning at 8 a.m. for $35 per participant without a T-shirt or $45 with a T-shirt. Interested bicyclists can register early before the Monday deadline for $35 with a T-shirt. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all registered riders.
Routes include a 30-, 50- and 73-mile ride options, which travels around Baldwin County and extends into Wilkinson and Jones counties.
“We will have support vehicles riding along the routes for help with any mechanical issues, or if riders get tired, and motorcycle marshals will also provide additional support,” Glover said. “Rest stops will also be available along the route with food, drinks and first aid. We’re anticipating around 250 participants for the main part of the ride.”
Other routes will include a 5- or 10-mile fun ride around the CSH campus for families, beginners and children.
“This year we’re adding a family component to the ride that will stay on Central State Hospital’s property,” Glover said. “All youth in grades 1 through 8 can receive a special discount rate of $10 without a T-shirt or $20 with a T-shirt, and their parents can ride for free with them in the 5- or 10-mile route. It would be really nice to have a couple of hundred kids riding with their parents.”