Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 16

The 27th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour presented by NVHomes/Ryan Homes will take place on April 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach. In the event hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, cyclists region-wide will complete 30-, 50- mile, metric century or century courses travelling throughout the scenic beach and bay locales of Southern Delaware.

Registrants will receive access to exclusive gifts and amenities, including a long-sleeve tech T-shirts and a swag bag. Rest stops will be open along each of the routes, with restrooms, food and beverages. SAG wagon support will be available from 7:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.

“The 2016 Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is the signature outdoor event of the Quiet Resorts and is certainly not to be missed whether a social or serious cyclist,” said Chamber Executive Director Kristie Maravalli. “In fact, the number of registered cyclists for this year surpassed the total number of participants in 2014.”

The ceremonial start for the show-and-go tour will be held at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach.

After the main event, participants are being invited to the Continue the Tour Post Party Tent, with live entertainment featuring Monkee Paw Duo, as well as food, beverages, vendors and prizes. All registrants will be entered to win special prize packages, awarded through a drawing of bib numbers.

Cyclists and their families and friends can tag #OceanToBay on social media in pictures, specials or highlights. In addition, the Ocean to Bay Voler jerseys are also available to anyone for purchase, with to-your-door delivery.

“The partnerships with all of our sponsors and businesses have grown the event into a weekend affair,” added Maravalli, “With the majority of our cyclists coming from outside of Sussex County and the state, people come to enjoy the Quiet Resorts for the entire weekend.”

For those looking to stay overnight, participants who mention the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour will receive a 10 percent discount on their Holiday Inn Express reservation when staying two nights or more and will be privy to vouchers and specials to be used at many participating local businesses throughout the Quiet Resorts.

Registration is open, and current registration prices will increase on April 1 and then again at on-site registration. Individual and team registration can be completed by mail, email or in person at the Chamber; online registration is available through April 13. Visit www.oceanttobaybiketour.com to register and for complete information, or call 1-800-962-7873 toll-free or (302) 539-2100 for local residents.