Y offers bike event for easy riders and tough pros

The Pulaski YMCA, in sponsorship with Pulaski Bikes, has announced its “Y Not Ride?” bike event to be held on Saturday, April 12, starting at 9 a.m., with late registration the day of begins at 8 a.m.

The event features two separate bike rides. The first, a Family Fun Ride, is an out and back adventure that is reasonably flat, travels along both the Dora Junction and the New River Trail, and is a gentle 12.4 mile ride suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.

For more serious riders looking for a challenge and early preparation for the Mountains of Misery 2014 event, the “Pulaski 5,000+ Loop Ride” is 42 miles and has almost 6,000 feet of climbing. One rider from a previous year described the Pulaski 5,000+ Loop Ride  as “the most fun I have ever had while crying.” Billed as the toughest short ride in Virginia, this fun but challenging ride starts at Pulaski Bikes, features over 5,500 feet of climbing, has multiple climbs exceeding a 20 percent grade and is entirely within four miles of its starting point.

The Loop Ride starts at 9 a.m. and the Family Fun Ride will begin at 11 a.m.; both rides begin and end at the Pulaski Train Depot. Cost for the race is $25/person and includes a t-shirt or $15 for race only; kids 12 and under are free. Register online at our website at  https://www.pulaskiymca.org or call the Y at  980-3671. Like the Y on Facebook (Hensel Eckman YMCA) to get more details and updates on the event.



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