Tough cookies to join bike race

Cycling: Carroll residents will take part in an annual fund-raiser that benefits public education and safety programs.

April 20, 2001|By Pepper Ballard | Pepper Ballard,SUN STAFF

Thirty-three Carroll County residents are among the 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate in the annual Subaru Great Cookie Rally, a fund-raiser and first event for the Maryland cycling season, tomorrow.

Sponsored by Subaru and Challenging Athletes and Minds (CAM), a nonprofit organization that uses sports to build self-esteem, the daylong event includes 15-, 30- and 50-mile rides. Longer rides wind through Deale, North Beach and Chesapeake Beach on generally flat terrain.

Cookies donated from 16 Maryland bakeries - including Best Foods Bakery and Mars Supermarkets - will be available.

Although sweets rarely are pushed as the snacks of champions, "When you ride a bike that much you can eat whatever you want," said Brian Walton, a Hampstead resident and a silver medal-winning cyclist in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. "Cookies are great fuel."

Walton, 35, a 10-time Canadian national champion in cycling, will give brief presentations on training, fitness and goal setting.

John Hollands, owner of Hollands' Bicycle Co. in Reisterstown and a master bicycle frame builder, will lead a workshop on attaining a perfect bike fit. Larry Black of Mount Airy and College Park Bicycle will present a seminar on repairing flats on the roadside and maintaining a bike.

Antique bikes, alternative bikes, recumbent bikes and tandem bikes will be on display. The tandem and recumbent bikes will be available for participants to test ride, said Amy Bognaski, a CAM spokeswoman.

Registration costs $20, and proceeds will benefit public education initiatives on using helmetsand other programs. Festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Southern High School in Harwood, near Annapolis. Rides begin at 11:30 a.m.

Information: 410-318-8200.

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