Bicycle racers to pedal Sunday for prizes and for a good cause


June 14, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HUNDREDS of cyclists and race fans are expected to participate in the third annual Father's Day Bike Races and Family Fun Day benefit Sunday at Supersports Arena in Eldersburg.

Larry Black, owner of Mount Airy Bicycles and organizer of the event, describes the bike races and family fun day as "one of Maryland's most exciting cycling events."

Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the fun and competition, and spectators can view the one-mile, four-cornered course around Eldersburg Business Center from prime vantage points. Unlike many races held on country roads, spectators will be able to see races develop with each lap.

"The smooth, flat roadways should keep the race as a 'pack' style event, and the slight uphill finish will ensure visibility for an elbow-to-elbow sprint at the end of each race," Black said.

Black is excited about the midday events featuring tandem and recumbent bicycles.

Often called "bicycles built for two," tandem bicycles are gaining in popularity, as are recumbent bicycles. Black said recumbent bicycles, more commonly known as "heads-up cycles," have long been recognized for their comfort. Some recumbent racers have attained speeds of more than 60 mph.

Local cycling organizations will be on hand to provide rides on recumbent bicycles and to answer questions.

The races, sanctioned by the Olympic-member U.S. Cycling Federation, offer high-powered events for men and women. Beginning at 8: 30 a.m., federation-licensed riders will compete for more than $3,000 in prizes. The feature event is the London Fog Classic, with a prize list of $1,000.

Fans who enjoy the pedaling action can give their bicycles a try on the course when citizens races start at 1: 45 p.m. with categories for all age groups and medals awarded to winners.

The Father's Day Bike Race and Family Fun Day is sponsored by Mount Airy Bicycles, London Fog Industries and Supersports Arena. All proceeds will be donated to Carroll County Food Sunday and the Velokids Bicycle Club, both local service programs.

Registration opens at 7: 30 a.m. A registration fee is required for each race. The event will be held rain or shine. Supersports Arena is on Route 32, one mile north of Route 26 in Eldersburg. Information: Larry Black, 795-2929; or Stefan Yencha, (301) 854-5508.

Summer Bible school

Calvary United Methodist Church is gearing up for its vacation Bible school June 24-28.

The theme for this year's school, "Kingdom of the Son, A Prayer Safari," is designed to guide children on a journey into the Bible.

Using the safari theme, children will encounter exotic animals, make African crafts and play games.

Calvary United Methodist Church is at 403 S. Main St. in Mount Airy. Information: 829-0358

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/14/96

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