Participants in the event will have three different routes of varying distances from which to choose — 50 km, 70 km and 100 km. The routes were mapped by a USA Cycling-sanctioned team member and not only provide distance choices but also choices based on experience, from recreational to experienced. Routes begin and end at Wheatmore High School in Trinity.
Registration will open at 11 a.m. ET the day of the ride and rides will begin at 1 p.m. Wannabe cyclists my register at bobbylabontefoundation.org/events. The pre-registration cost is $25 for a member of a team of eight or $30 for an individual. Cyclists may also register at the event on ride day for $35. The first 300 registrants will receive gift bags.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Bikes Belong Foundation and Communities in Schools of Randolph County Backpack Pals Program.
“Awareness of cyclers on the road is improving, but unfortunately we’re still hearing stories on the news of people being hurt or killed while riding their bikes,” Bobby Labonte Foundation founder and NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte said. “Getting people together every year for this event not only provides a striking visual reminder to be mindful of bikers on the road, but it also helps raise funds for Bikes Belong, which will work to raise awareness across the country long after the memorial ride is over.”
The yearly event was created in honor of two cyclists who were killed while bicycling in the Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., areas in 2010 and 2011.