By Jessica Salmond, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid Noon AMBUCS is hoping to bump up its numbers in the 2013 Tour de Trykes and Twilight Criterium.
Last year, there were 333 riders in the tour and 96 in the race, said Donna Wall, AMBUCS tour and Criterium organizer. She is hoping the event will reach 400 riders and 125 racers this year, she said.
The 8th annual Tour de Trykes and Twilight Criterium will be Aug. 17. Tour de Trykes will begin at 7:30 a.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark, and riders can choose a 2-mile family ride; a 14-, 26- or 42-mile route; or a 100-kilometer route. The Criterium will begin at 5 p.m. on the downtown Square.
The Criterium is a race about .08 miles long. Licensed U.S. Cycling Association riders reach 30 to 35 miles per hour. The participants will be competing for cash prizes.
The two races, hosted by Enid Noon AMBUCS, raise funds for AMBUCS’ projects, to increase mobility for disabled people or those with limited mobility. Projects include AmTrykes, tricycle vehicles that allow those with limited mobility to ride more easily, and Miracle League, a T-ball team for special-needs children and adults organized together with 4RKids.
Early registration may be completed before Friday at www.tourdetrykes.com. Participants also may register for the Tour on the day of the race at 6 a.m. at the ballpark, 301 S. Grand, or for the Criterium at 4 p.m. at Encompass FSI, 130 W. Randolph.
Starting at 9 a.m. the day of the race, all participants of the tour will be provided with lunch.
Last year, AMBUCS raised $21,938 after expenses. Bicyclists from several states came to enter the competitions. Some of them have come every year, Wall said.
“They make it an annual visit,” Wall said.