By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
---- — Grab your helmet and your ride for the annual 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels Bike Tour, a fifth annual event organized by a group of bicycle enthusiasts and the Cass County YMCA staff.
“The 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels Bike Tour is a fun social event that encourages wellness at the same time,” said the YMCA’s Stacy Lods.
This year, riders in the Sept. 14 can choose between 15-, 32-, 42-, 50- and 60-mile routes that follow the Eel and Wabash rivers. New this year, routes now incorporate the Pan Handle Pathway and other Cass County scenery, Lods said. To see the different routes available, visit www.2riverson2wheels.org/Bike-Tour-Routes.html.
There will be two Support and Gear, or SAG stops, with snacks and drinks as well as post-ride snacks, Lods said.
For Duane Ullom, of Logansport, this will be his fourth year participating. Planning to take the 32-mile route, he said the SAG stops are always great. The people are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed, he said.
“It’s not competitive, and it’s an opportunity to go out and enjoy Cass County,” Ullom said. “It’s just a good time.”
No matter the length of the route, cyclists will begin and end at Riverside Park, with a mass start begining around 8:30 a.m.
The event started as the brainchild of avid cyclist Steve Sims.
Sims had the idea for the event and went to Ellen Kuker, former YMCA director, for help in pulling it off. Since then, it has grown each year with the help of volunteers.
Last year’s event drew about 188 people, the largest number the annual event has seen.
Each participant will receive a long sleeve T-shirt for the bike tour and free entrance and a $5 food voucher into the Art on the Avenue, which is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same day as the ride at Little Turtle Waterway. Art on the Avenue is $2 per person or $5 per family.
Ullom said people should participate in the ride if they enjoy being outside.
“It’s friendly for all ages,” Ullom said. “Routes are off main highways and on less traveled roads. Routes are also really secure and you can take your time doing it.”
Lods agreed, saying both events, 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels and Art on the Avenue, would be fun for all.
“It is a fun day and event that brings people in from all over the state and allows us to showcase Cass County,” Lods said.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go: • WHAT: 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels bike tour • WHERE: Mass start at Riverside Park, 1212 Riverside Drive • WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14