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Monday, September 15, 2008

2008 KNOX COUNTY BICYCLE CHALLENGE

Date: Saturday, September 20th - rain or shine

Ride Description: The Knox County Bicycle Challenge (KCBC) is a recreational bicycle ride that can accommodate CYCLISTS OF ALL ABILITIES. The ride and route was established by the Knox County Bicycle Club and is now sponsored by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. The longer routes showcase some of the prettiest country Ohio has to offer, magnificent vistas,
meandering valley roads, wooded wilderness and HILLS! The low cost short option provides a more moderate course.

The Full Challenge: 100+ miles that will test the seasoned cyclist. Numerous significant climbs along the course give this option a serious degree of difficulty (TTD=10). Bikers have the opportunity to climb Tunnel Hill, Water Tower Hill leaving Roscoe Village and numerous other hills throughout the Holmes County portion of the route. One lunch and two snack stops are provided. Be on the road by 8:00 AM.

Other Long Options: The most popular route is the metric century (62.3) miles). Other options provide distances of 85, 79, and 57 miles. Part of these routes follow the beautiful and scenic Kokosing River Valley. These are moderately difficult routes (averaging a TDD=7.5). Lunch and one snack are provided. Be on the road by 9:00 AM.

Short Option: The low cost 31-mile route is designed for the more novice riders. The route has relatively short, steep hills at the beginning. After turning off the long routes, the hills are less severe to the halfway point. After you arrive in Danville, you may elect to take the “flat cut”, the Kokosing Gap Bike Trail, back to the start. Be on the road by 10:00 AM.

Start: KCBC will start at the library/community center on Meadow Lane in the Village of Gambier. Gambier is located on State Route 229, 5 miles east of Mt. Vernon and 5 miles west of Route 62. Signs will be posted from Rt. 229 to the start. Registration opens at 7:30, start riding after 8:00, and be on the road by 9:00 (except the short option).

Support: Staffed entirely by volunteers, please thank the World’s Greatest Volunteer Crew at any opportunity. A limited sag service will be provided in the event of breakdowns or accidents. All routes will be marked with arrows, and maps will be provided at registration.

Food: For long options only: AM Snack stop in New Guilford, Lunch Stop in Nellie, and a PM Snack stop in Glenmont (century riders only).

Safety: Obey all traffic laws, ride at a safe pace, be alert and check your bicycle for a hilly day. . Although the routes are planned to minimize traffic, you will be sharing the road with other vehicles. You MUST wear a CPSC or Snell approved helmet.

Contact: Gary Schmidt at 614/657-9669 or gtschmidt@wideopenwest.com

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