The first annual Bike for Kicks bike tour is just six weeks away and will benefit the Lander University men’s soccer scholarship program and the Greenwood YMCA.
Bicycling has grown in Greenwood in recent years for both recreation and health. The number of individuals and groups of riders has grown significantly as can be witnessed as you travel through the county of Greenwood. It was because of this growing interest that local cyclist Richard Senatore and Lander men’s soccer coach decided to team up and create the “Bike for Kicks” event. The event will raise money for both the Lander men’s soccer scholarship program and the YMCA’s “Partners with Youth” program. The event is scheduled for Sep. 28.
“Our players wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Taylor said. “This is a great way to do that while at the same time raising money for our scholarship program.”
“Bike for Kicks” is the third annual bicycle tour in Greenwood, joining the Festival of Flowers Bee Buzzin’ Tour and the Child’s Place Bicycle Tour. The bicycle tours have become a popular way for cyclists to raise money for local charities while providing them with a new and challenging course. The event will feature three courses geared toward providing a course for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. There will routes of six miles, 30 miles and a metric century ride, which is 62.5 miles.
All three courses begin and end at Lander’s Jeff May Complex on Montague Avenue. The two longer courses will take riders from the Jeff May Complex to the Ninety Six National Historic Site. The 30-mile course then heads back to Greenwood while the metric century course heads out into Saluda County before returning to the Jeff May Complex.
The Greenwood Police Department will be providing an escort to the city limits and the Greenwood Motorcycle Club will provide escort and assistance throughout the remainder of the course. The event will feature entertainment, pre-ride refreshments, rest stops with refreshments, lunch and one admission ticket to a Lander University Fall soccer game for all participants.
There are two prizes to be given away for those who pre-register for the event. The first is a beach cruiser bicycle donated by Emerald City Bikes. The second is a jersey autographed by George Hincapie and framed by John and Sandy McCord of Frame It Up. Both Frame It Up and Emerald City Bikes are sponsors for the event.
To pre-register for the event or to become a sponsor, visit the Active.com online registration page. You can also visit the Lander University men’s soccer website to download and print a registration form. Registration forms can be mailed to the address listed on the website.
Check-in for the event will be between 8:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Sep. 28 at the Jeff May Complex. All three rides will begin at 9:00 a.m.