“This year, we’ll fine-tune one of the most successful rides in the state. Our goal in coming years is the creation of a regional, weekend event with multiple ride options that connects the quaint villages of Kent County,” said Bike Delaware President Mr. Knox.
DOVER, Del. – Bikers in the 31st Amish Country Bike Tour on Saturday, Sept. 9, can expect to see some fresh faces as Bike Delaware partners for the first time with Kent County Tourism Corp. to put on the state’s largest annual bike tour.
“We are tremendously excited to have this opportunity to put our name and mission before the public,” said Bike Delaware President Drew Knox. The non-profit’s goal is to make walking and biking in Delaware safe, convenient and fun.
Kent County Tourism representatives said the partnership will combine their event management and marketing expertise with the vast and varied cycling experiences of Bike Delaware.
“Our goal is to continually evolve what is already a major event,” said Wendie Vestfall, Executive Director of Kent County Tourism. “Partnering with Bike Delaware lets us do that rapidly.”
“This year, we’ll fine-tune one of the most successful rides in the state. Our goal in coming years is the creation of a regional, weekend event with multiple ride options that connects the quaint villages of Kent County,” Mr. Knox said.
Mrs. Vestfall said, “As in past years, the Amish Country Bike Tour will likely draw more than 2,000 riders to enjoy the famous pie stop, SAG and mechanical support and a picnic lunch.”
The 31st annual Amish Country Bike Tour presented by WSFS Bank will be Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, with registration from 7-10 a.m. Cyclists can choose up to five different loops: 15, 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles. All of the loops start and stop at Legislative Mall, downtown Dover.
Participants will receive a bike tour map, giveaways, up to four food and rest stops – including the famous “pie stop” at the Amish Schoolhouse – and an invite to the after-tour catered picnic.
“The Amish Bike Tour has something for everyone: from families with young children to dedicated riders who want a challenge of riding 100 miles in a day,” said Mrs. Vestfall.
Registration is now open. The cost for those who register through July 31 is $50 for adults, $25 for those 5-16 and free for anyone 5 and under. The prices go up from Aug. 1-Sept. 4 to $60 for adults, and $30 ages 5-16, with those 5 and under still free.
Information and registration is available at: www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com.
Bike Delaware is an independent, non-government, member-supported advocacy organization that works in partnership with government, businesses and local communities to make cycling and walking safe, convenient and fun transportation options in Delaware.
The vision is bikeway networks throughout the state that everyone can use to get where they want to go on a bike.
“Since 2011, Bike Delaware has worked behind the scenes to create a walking and cycling trail system touching the state’s three counties,” said Mr. Knox.
For more information on Bike Delaware, visit www.bikede.org.