Rally at Liberty High School puts cyclists in gear for tour


April 30, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BICYCLE enthusiasts of all ages gathered at Liberty High School Saturday for the annual Cycle Across Maryland (CAM) Bike Rally. The rally is held to encourage interest and participation in this year's eighth annual CAM Tour scheduled for July.

"The rally is a great way for people to learn more about the Cycle Across Maryland Tour and cycling in general," said Pat Bernstein, executive director of the Cycle Across Maryland Corp.

"The rally helps to demystify the CAM Tour," she said. "Many people are not aware that the tour is very possible for the average person. You don't have to be a super hero to participate successfully."

The rally offered visitors exhibitions and products on bicycling. Demonstrations were held on such topics as bike repair, efficient cycling and vehicular cycling skills.

The latest in bicycle technology and cycling fashions were also displayed by vendors. Many people took the opportunity to "test drive" some of the more unusual bikes, including the new soft ride and tandem bikes.

Adam Stewart and Bill Skofield, young men with reputations as daredevils in cycling, wowed the crowd with their stunt jumping and balancing acts on specially equipped bikes.

Some good sports enjoyed participating in the first ever "Day at CAM Race," in which they raced around an obstacle course designed to reflect a day on a CAM Tour.

The CAM Tour, to be held July 21-27, will cover a route that will enable riders to "discover the heart of Maryland." The tour begins in Havre de Grace and ends in Bel Air with a stop in Carroll's own Union Bridge July 23.

"Hosting a stop on the CAM Tour is a wonderful opportunity for a location to showcase everything that's good about their community," said Ms. Bernstein. "The riders will have a real cultural experience this year as we visit vineyards, orchards, a petting zoo, an alpaca farm and other interesting places along the tour. I know of several families who view the CAM Tour as a mini-vacation each year."

The stop in Union Bridge is scheduled to include a visit to the Western Maryland Railroad Museum, the Lehigh Concrete factory and a walking tour of historic Uniontown.

Information: (410) 653-8288.

Soccer registration

The Freedom District Optimists will hold registration for the group's fall soccer program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 and May 18 at the Freedom Community Center on Route 32 south of Liberty Road.

The program has grown tremendously in the past few years, and nearly 2,000 youngsters are expected to participate this year in recreational and travel divisions for boys and girls ages 5 to 17.

Cost is $45 for the first child, $35 for the second child and $25 for the third and subsequent children per family. Coaches and volunteers are needed in all age groups.

Information: 795-7697.

Art studio reopens

After weeks of extensive renovations, the A. B. Huddlestun Fine Arts Studio on Sykesville's Main Street is celebrating its new look and expanded facilities with a grand reopening Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artist and studio owner A. B. Huddlestun is eager to show off the studio's new class and working spaces. She is very pleased with the work done by historic contractor and Sykesville Mayor Jonathan Herman.

A variety of art classes are offered for young people and adult students. Information: 795-8129.

Self-defense classes

Sykesville Parks and Recreation will hold registration for Shorinjiryu karate and self-defense classes May 6 and May 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sykesville Middle School.

Classes are offered for ages 5 through adult, and the cost is $2 a session for one class per week. Classes will begin May 6.

Information: 552-0643.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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