Under a blue sky and perfect temperatures over 5,000 bicycle riders took to the roads throughout Harbor Country for the 42nd Annual Apple Cider Century Ride Sunday, September 25.
Founder and organizer Bryan Volstorf, along with his dedicated volunteers from the Three Oaks Bicycle club and other local organizations, worked tirelessly to insure the success of what has become the Midwest’s largest one-day biking event. Over 300 miles of roadways wind throughout the orchards, forests and wine country in and around Three Oaks and in areas of Indiana. Riders, many of whom return year after year, choose a route which could be a 15, 25, 37, 50, 75 or 100 mile ride.
Four Sag stops were provided for rest and refreshments along the way. In Oselka Park the New Buffalo Lions Club was busy serving and stocking fresh fruit, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hot soup, cookies and energy bars and gallons of Gatorade. Following the long ride the bikers and their supporters were treated to an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner in Three Oaks.
The riders all offered compliments and thanks for a ride well organized and they were all thankful for the glorious day.
The ACC is sponsored by the Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club. Monies raised are used to finance the Apple Cider Century Tour, the Backroads Bikeway trails, the Bicycle Museum housed at the Dewey Cannon Trading Company, the League of American Bicyclists, Rails to Trails, and to help fund community youth programs and other non-profit organization fundraising causes.
Volstorf said that the State of Michigan had just completed a study of biking and hiking recreational activities in the state and he was proud to say that the Apple Cider Century was rated the Number One bicycle event in the state. The ACC generates over $2 million annually for the state; biking in the states accounts for $16 million and the hike and bike industry generates $668 million dollars in state revenue each year. For information on next year’s ride visit www.applecidercentury.com.