'Ride the Road' tour 2012 Breaks all Records Register for 2013
Brian Keating MCed a stellar cast of MLAs, Olympians, guests and cross section of the cycling community from spandex to dreadlocks.
- Hundreds of Calgarians take advantage of the police escort and Ride the Roads not normally accessible to bicycles.
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- Blueseros were back live on the 'Ride the Road' tour by popular demand.
- A rolling closure of major arterial roads makes the annual 'Ride the Road' tour a unique public event.
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Hundreds of Calgarians took advantage of a once-a-year chance to experience cycling on major arterial roads not normally accessible to bicycles. From spandex to dreadlocks, grandkids to grandparents, all types came out to enjoy the ride. The youngest self-propelled cyclist to finish the 14.8 km family Hub ride was six years old, but she was dogged by an enthusiastic four-year-old most of the way.
Hosted by Olympic bobsledder Christina Smith, the South Spoke ride, which departed from the Shawnessy YMCA, increased its participation by 100% this year. Meanwhile, for the North Spoke, the Gregory family again opened Tuxedo Source for Sports, while Melitta poured out coffee for the masses.
The ‘Ride the Road’ tour had our highest turnout of VIPs yet. Although no aldermen were present at the event, there was excellent involvement at the provincial level, from Ric McIver, Teresa Woo-Paw, Wayne Cao, Kent Hehr and David Swann. Guest appearances from conservationist Brian Keating, Dutch Honorary Consul Irene Bakker, and Community Association board member Kevin Taylor also added to the atmosphere.
Blueseros filled Stanley Park with their tunes and proved once again there is nothing better than playing outdoors with bikes.
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