The 29th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour will take place this Saturday, April 28, and motorists are being advised to plan for road closures and delays for their commutes.
Sponsored by NV/Ryan Homes and organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the tour will feature more than 2,500 cyclists traveling through lower Sussex County in the Quiet Resorts area.
The Chamber is encouraging motorists to use extreme caution on the local roads during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. They are anticipating the highest volume of bikes being on the roads from 8 a.m. to noon.
“We are excited for this year’s event,” Chamber Executive Director Lauren Weaver said. “This year, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to Contractors for a Cause. We also are having Delaware State Park passes for sale, and anyone that purchases one between Friday and Sunday this weekend will receive an extra gift from one of our sponsors, Big Chill Beach Club.”
The race provides cyclists with four options to participate. They can choose from 30-mile, 50-mile, 62.5-mile or 100-mile routes. Participants will begin and end in downtown Bethany Beach. Towns along the route include Fenwick Island, Millville, Ocean View, Selbyville and Bishopville, Md.
Views along the different race routes vary based on the length of the race the cyclist chooses. Cyclists could pass along such places as Holt’s Landing, Salt Grass Point, Dirickson’s Creek, the Indian River Inlet and Bridge, and Tower Road.
New for 2018 is the Friday Fun Ride, which is a 15-mile out-and-back ride that will take place Friday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. The pre-event ride will begin and end in Bethany Beach, and will take riders along coastal Route 1 to the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Cyclists will have the option of enjoying a pit stop at the Big Chill Beach Club, where they can enjoy the view where the ocean meets the inlet.
Cyclists have been instructed to follow the rules of the road for the event, and motorists are being asked to remain watchful along the event routes throughout the weekend. Whether in a car or on a bike, people should “share the road.”
“Registrations for the event will still be available on-site Friday only,” Weaver added. “We will also be conducting check-ins Friday and Saturday morning for the race. There will be no registrations available on Saturday morning.”
For more information, a complete list of the event’s sponsors or to view a map of each route, visit www.oceantobaybiketour.com.
By Jason Feather