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Monday, July 18, 2011

Community Ties Ride 2011 is Saturday, July 23

The 9th Annual Community Ties Ride promises to build on the break-out success of the 2010 ride, with well-marked routes through scenic Delaware County, multiple snack stops featuring homemade cookies, and another delicious and healthful, locally grown and made lunch provided by Graumlich Family Farm under a large outdoor tent.
More than 250 riders participated in the 2010 ride, making it the largest turnout ever with all proceeds going to support multi-purpose trail development in Delaware County connecting with the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail.
The ride features options of 31, 62 and 100 miles as well as an 8-mile Family Ride, and includes scenic areas, rare bird habitats, parks, new sections of the Ohio to Erie Trail, well-marked route maps and SAG vehicle. Registration is from 7 - 9 a.m.
The ride will start/end at Northside Community Church, northeast corner of S.R., 3 and Freeman Road in Westerville, site of the homemade lunch.
Pre-registration cost is $20 per rider, or $20 per family participating in the Family Ride. Day-of-ride registration is $25.
Registration includes a one-year membership to the Delaware County Friends of the Trail. Click here to register online or click here to download a registration form.
Some riders enjoyed last year's ride so much that they wrote to tell us:
"I must compliment you on your tremendous bike tour on Saturday, July 24th. I am pretty new at cycling. This spring, at age 57, I decided that cycling was going to be my new fitness endeavor. I signed up for the 100 mile Pelotonia tour and then started training. I am loving it! I have participated in 5-6 organized rides and I have to say that I enjoyed your ride the best. All of your volunteers were as welcoming, friendly and informative as could possibly be. Your map was excellent as were your road markings. The many water stops were much appreciated. The lunch back at Northside Fellowship Church was homemade and perfect and delicious and the women that served the meal were awesome and so much fun to talk to."
"Thanks for a great ride! The food was fabulous! The best I've tasted in decades."

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