THREE OAKS — Those wishing to be one of the thousands of cyclists participating in the 44th Apple Cider Century bike tour have through Sunday, Sept. 17, to sign up.
The ride takes place a week later (Sunday, Sept. 24), starting and ending at Three Oaks Elementary School.
The deadline to sign up (online) is midnight on Sunday, Sept. 17. For more, log on to www.applecidercentury.com or call 1-888-877-2068.
“Registration is right on schedule, we’re moving in on 4,000 riders,” Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club President Bryan Volstorf said on Friday, Sept. 8. “By then end of next week we should be close to 5,000.”
Volstorf said the seven routes (15, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75 and 100 miles) change a bit every year.
Another change involves the traditional post-ride Spaghetti Dinner at the elementary school.
Volstorf said last year was the final time Jim Small led the kitchen crew that served up the dinner.
“Jim let me know he was retiring, so I spoke with Brett Boyd at Classic Catering and he’s going to pick up the banner and do the dinner for us.”
Volstorf said unregistered riders always pose a challenge to Apple Cider Century organizers.
“Last year we used police officers at each SAG (Supplies and Gear stops located along the routes) and you had to have a wristband to enter … the non-registered riders found out they couldn’t get in to get anything to eat,” he said.
Volstorf said Cliff Bar supplied 7,500 bars for the SAGs, and there will be trail mix, apple cider, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips and other snacks — including of course apples.
Apple Cider Century participants can purchase gear such as long and short-sleeved T-shirts, riding jerseys and patches — all with unique art for 2017.
An Ice Cream Social in Dewey Cannon Park and at the Dewey Cannon (Trading Post) (sponsored by Chemical Bank) will feature ice cream for riders and live music in the park’s bandshell by All Tuned Up for anyone who wishes to attend.
Volstorf said the 14 community organizations that supply volunteers to help run the event (and receive a &1,000 donation for their effort) are back on board for 2017. They are: Three Oaks Little League; Blossomland Radio Association; River Valley PTO; River Valley Baseball ; River Valley Choir/Band; River Valley Fast-Pitch Softball; Friends of New Troy; New Buffalo Lions Club; Girls Scouts of Soni Springs; the Galien/Buchanan Lions Club; Sisters of Faith; Harbor Country Rotary Club; Real Life Church; and Calvary Tabernacle Church.