Long ride for the needy

The cycling season is in full pedal and the next event is the all-inclusive 100-mile Bike Challenge.

It is on Sunday 14 April and organised between Guavaberry Marketing and the Cayman Islands Cycling Association present.

This social endurance bike challenge is to increase the camaraderie and share the spirit of endurance cycling in the Cayman Islands.

With an average speed of 16 miles per hour, this century ride is not intended to be a race but rather, a fun event for cyclists at all levels to participate in.

The ride will begin and finish at the Ristorante Pappagallo in West Bay at 5.30am and all cyclists will remain together until arrival in North Side (at 45 miles).

Experienced cyclists will accompany the group to ensure that no one is left behind.

Cyclists can either register to do 100 kilometres, 75 miles, 85 miles or 100 miles.

The ride will be supported by Guavaberry Marketing with aide stations (water/food stops) at the Frank Sound Junction twice, Rum Point and South Sound boat ramp manned by volunteers from Meals on Wheels.

“It’s great to be a part of the Cayman 100 Bike Challenge and to continue to support one of Cayman’s largest one-day sporting events that draws over 100 enthusiasts cyclist that range from serious to leisure riders as well as family members and spectators,” said cycling association president Craig Merren.

“The Cayman 100 Bike Challenge cycling ride is one of the largest sporting events held on the Island and it keeps growing.

“The Cayman Islands Cycling Association is very supportive of its continuation and growth and looks forward to supporting and taking part.

“We extend our congratulations to Guavaberry Marketing and their team for a job well done.

“This year makes it special as we will be giving back to a worthy cause, the Meals On Wheels programme, donating all profits.”

Guavaberry Marketing advises all participants to register for the event no later than 6pm 12 April. There will be no event day registration.

Merren said: “We are grateful to all our sponsors. Besides Guavaberry Marketing they are Ristorante Pappagallo, Island Supply, Fluid, Craig Cycles, 53//11 Crankers Cycling Club, Chocolate Creations Ltd.

“We look forward to working with the cycling association and to assist Meels On Wheels who we consider an amazing charity and commend them for a job well done,” said Cindy Rosan-Jones, managing director of Guavaberry Marketing.

Beulah McField, Meals on Wheels programme director, said: “Meals on Wheels is thankful to the cycling club for including us in this event.”

There is a single chance at registering in person instead of online beside Abacus restaurant in Camana Bay between 4.30 and 7pm only on Friday 12 April and only for the ride without a jersey.

Anyone worried that they will not be able to keep up should relax as the average speed of 16mph for the first 30 miles is comfortable for most.

There is also no pressure to do the second loop around East End and anyway, this it not a race, not prizes and it is just a social endurance event.

After the ride there is a social gathering at Ristorante Pappagallo which will include a barbecue supplied by Island Supply.

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