September 25, 2013 (Fenelon Falls, ON) – Eighty riders braved a steady downpour to benefit charity in the 10th Annual “Kawartha Lakes Classic” Cycling Tour on Sept. 21. Participants ranged in age from 6 to 80, almost half of whom travelled from outside the City of Kawartha Lakes – some from as far afield as Stratford and Ottawa – to join in the wet fun.
A record-breaking total of more than $7,000.00 was raised for A Place Called Home [APCH], a non-profit organization in Lindsay providing shelter and support services to the homeless.
The day’s top fundraiser was Louise Davison (pictured below), of Kirkfield, who collected more than $1,440.00 in pledges. Donations continue to arrive from cyclists who intended to participate but were dissuaded at the last minute by the rainfall.
Following the event, many participants commented on the community spirit and camaraderie among their fellow cyclists, the helpfulness and encouragement of the volunteers who staffed the rest stops, the scenic beauty of the region, and the thoughtfully chosen and well-marked routes.
Tourism development officer Laurie Bell was also on hand to unveil the latest phase in the city’s Cycle Tourism Initiative: a new map featuring six road cycling routes throughout the region with a corresponding route signage program announced earlier in June. The maps and signage were developed in partnership with the Kawartha Cycling Club and Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. They can be downloaded here and will soon be available in printed form.Welcome Cyclists Network, a non-profit program to promote bike-friendly initiatives and cycle tourism across Ontario.
The Kawartha Cycling Club thanks all the generous sponsors who helped make our event a success despite the rain: Boston Pizza, Cable Cable Connections, Canadian Tire, Down to Earth, Gordon Yacht Harbour Marina, Kawartha Wholesale Bakery, Nesbitt’s Meat Market, Smitty’s, Sobeys, Spokes for Folks, Sweet Bottoms Coffee, and Water Depot.