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Tour de Cove

Bicycling communities are known for being as tight-knit as our Lycra. So when Lori Cove was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver last October while riding in Cary with several other experienced cyclists, it shook many of us to the core. The fact that this could happen to a 6-time Ironman finisher and accomplished cyclist was extremely shocking and upsetting.
At the time of the incident, Lori was the Director of the Town of Cary’s Transportation and Facilities department, working to ensure safe and efficient transportation for her community. Although I had never met Lori in person, I knew her name through work that my firm has done with the Town of Cary. She has a reputation as a gregarious person and intense competitor.
Lori’s recovery has been slow but steady, thanks to her fighting spirit and constant support from friends and family. These same caregivers are hosting the Tour de Cove in Lori’s honor on Saturday, October 7th in Cary. The all-day fundraiser will start with a 20- and 50-mile bike ride and 2.5-mile walk, followed by tricycle races, a bike toss, a corn hole tournament, live music, and silent auction. The proceeds will be used to help cover Lori’s medical expenses.
Registration is still open for this all-ages event. Please visit http://www.tourdecove.com/ to read Lori’s story and get details about the event. Whether you knew Lori or not, your participation will send a message of solidarity to our community: We are here, we support one another, and we will not stop pushing until cycling is safe for everyone.
Written by Meg Bryson, an Oaks and Spokes Advocacy & Marketing Committee Member and valued volunteer.

Busy weekend for biking!

It’s finally the first official weekend of Summer, and it’s full of opportunities to get out and ride! Here are a few events worth checking out this weekend:

Start your Saturday off with the Bike MS Training Ride sponsored by Carolina Brewing Company! Route lengths vary from 2.5 to 60 miles, and there is no registration or fee required. After the ride, you will have the opportunity to register for a Fall Bike MS event at a discounted price, get your bike inspected for Bike MS ride weekend and hang out with fellow cyclists and Bike MS staff. Beer and food will be available for purchase.

Quench your thirst for adventure on the Swift Bike Campout with Oak City Cycling Project on Saturday  night. Campers will meet at OCCP at 5:30 for an 18 mile ride to Umstead State Park,  mostly on and in bike lanes, greenways, and crushed gravel roads. The event is self-supported, and all participants should come prepared with their own camping gear and food. This is a family friendly event!

For those of you who can’t make the campout, considering joining us at The Well Fed Community Garden for their First Annual Blackberry Festival from 4-9pm. There will be live music,  fun activities for the whole family, and blackberry cobbler from Irregardless Cafe made with fresh blackberries from the garden! We’ll be providing bike parking at the event, as well as talking to people about our  Cycletrack Project, the RDU Forest Trail Center, and other advocacy issues we are currently interested in.

Close out your weekend with The Welcome Ride, a fundraiser sponsored by USCRI NC to raise money for their continued efforts to support the needs of recently placed immigrants and refugees in North Carolina. Choose between a 26 or 53 mile route to be completed at your own pace, with mechanical support and rest stops along the way. End at Trophy on Maywood and enjoy a spread of international foods representing the cultures and countries of refugees and immigrants! Pre-registration has ended, but you can still sign up the day of with cash or check.

Have a great weekend, and happy riding!