By Barbara Day
If you are a recreational or competitive cyclist, September is definitely the month to be in the Kentuckiana area. There are four local bike tours where you are guaranteed to see the trees in spectacular full fall colors, some of the most scenic countryside that Kentuckiana has to offer and experience the rolling hills while making some great friendships as you cruise along the countryside. Two of the events, the Old Kentucky Home Tour and the Harvest Homecoming Bicycle Tour, are celebrating their 34th anniversaries. The Bike Trek to Shakertown is a major fund raiser for the American Lung Association and the Bike to Beat Cancer is a fund raiser for the Norton Cancer Institute. The Bike Trek to Shakertown and the Bike to Beat Cancer have organized training rides to help get your ready for the bike tours.
Louisville Bicycle Club’s 29th Annual Old Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour
The Annual Old Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour, (aka OKHT), is a two-day ride departing from E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville on Saturday, September 9th, with three mileage routes to historic Bardstown, Ky. 50-mile, 72-mile, and very challenging 102-mile century, which includes the legendary Pottershop Hill, and is the winner of the League of American Bicyclists Best Century 2000 award. On Sunday, September 11th, there is also a 25 or 50-mile single-day loop that goes out to the famous Cookie Stop SAG and then returns to the ride start along with the 2-day riders. The Old Kentucky Home Tour is a beautiful bike tour through scenic, rolling hills in rural Kentucky, fully supported with fixed and roving sags. Price of registration includes bagels and coffee Saturday morning, Saturday lunch, Sunday morning breakfast, plus ample food and drink at the many SAG stops along the way. The OKHT tour is famous for the Cookie Stop on Sunday, where sampling the homemade cookies, of all kinds, is an endurance sport in itself. (All riders are invited and encouraged to bring cookies for the cookie stop). Sunday’s ride also features a post-ride pizza party at Sawyer Park. The fee is $45 for adults before August 21, and $40 for children. The fee for the One Day Ride only is $30, before August 21, $35 thereafter. For more information, visit the website at www.okht.org.
Bike Trek to Shakertown
The American Lung Association’s annual Bike Trek to Shakertown, sponsored by Kindred Healthcare, is on a roll with registration already well underway for the autumn bicycle tour, which is slated for September 17-19. Considered a premier cycling event in Kentucky, the bike trek features spectacular countryside, historic landmarks, first-class service and a choice of routes for different ability levels. Routes are planned each day to accommodate the experienced rider, as well as the “neighborhood cyclist.” To register for the trek, each rider pays a $65 registration fee and agrees to raise pledges to fight lung disease. For more information about the Bike Trek to Shakertown, including pre-trek information programs and corporate teams, www.BikeTrektoShakertown.org.
Elizabethtown Share the Road Bicycle Tour
For those in the Hardin County area, there is also the Elizabethtown Share the Road Bicycle Tour presented by the Central Kentucky Wheelmen. It is on Saturday, September 17 with a 6-mile city ride, and countryside routes of 15, 35, 50, and 62 miles in length. Registration money ($20 pre-registration, $30 the day of the event) is to raise funds to buy and install more Share the Road signs in the area. For more information and to pre-register go to http://www.ckwheelman.org.
34th Annual Harvest Homecoming Bicycle Tour
The Annual Harvest Homecoming Bicycle Tour will be held on Sunday, September 25. This is a leisurely tour for the beginner, intermediate and experienced cyclist. The routes vary from gently rolling to hilly. The ride will begin and end at the ForestDiscoverCenteris Starlight, Indiana. There will be a 5-mile, 25-mile ride, a 40-mile ride and a 65-mile ride. The “World Famous Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast” starts at 8:00 a.m. and Papa John’s Pizza for lunch. Riders may begin riding after 9:30 a.m. T-shirts are optional. Great SAG stops. The entry fee is $20 before September 15 and then $30 for late registration. The entry fee for children under 12 is $10 before September 15 $15 thereafter. For more information contact the Clarksville Schwinn at 812.948.2453 or www.siwheelmen.org.
Bike to Beat Cancer Pictured is GJ & Heather Hart who are the Co-Chairmen of Bike to Beat Cancer
The Bike to Beat Cancer, which benefits the Norton Cancer Institute, will be held on Saturday, September 24. You can choose from three distances – 35, 65 and 100 miles. The Bike to Beat Cancer begins and ends at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Swag stops will be available along the way. Registration fee is $50. For more information, call 502.629.8046 or go to www.BiketoBeatCancer.org.
Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition. The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers. Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues. Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHEALTHWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.