Blueberry Bicycle Cruise Aug 31

blueberry festivalThe Ancilla Alumni Association, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, will host a bicycle tour on Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Plymouth, Indiana.  Routes will be available covering 31, 41, and 62 miles, and a special “family” tour of 16 miles to the Menominee Monument. The tour has won wide acclaim for being well-organized and scenic.

Wearing of an approved helmet is mandatory!

The route for the 23rd Annual Blueberry Bicycle Cruise (BBC) is gently rolling and is a leisure ride to be traveled at your own pace, appreciating the scenery and stopping to enjoy the various attractions. Lake Maxinkuckee, the Culver Academies, and the picturesque town of Culver are on the route with a SAG in that town. Ancilla College, a private liberal arts college, will be the site of another SAG stop, and riders will enjoy the beautiful grounds and buildings. Our tour winds through the Twin Lakes area, starting point of the infamous “Trail of Death.” The Pottawatomie Indian tribes populating the region were forcibly relocated to the west by the Federal Government, an event commemorated by the statue of Chief Menominee along the route. A SAG will be located by the Menominee grounds.

Plymouth is the home of the annual Blueberry Festival conducted during the four-day Labor Day weekend (August 30 – September 2). After the BBC, enjoy the more than 500 craft booths, more than 100 food booths, shows and athletic events at Centennial Park. The festival annually attracts more than 500,000 people and you are invited to stay and enjoy a festive day or weekend. Camping is available at the Argos 4-H fairgrounds.   For more cost and reservation information, contact Kevin Holland at (574) 936-9154 or visit the Blueberry Festival website.

No riders will be allowed to start who have not signed the waiver and assumption of personal risk on the registration form. Riders under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. All riders will be asked to sign in at the end of the ride.

The cost of the BBC is $15.00 per person before August 16, 2013, and $20.00 per person after August 16. The maximum fee for families (parents & children only please) is $30.00, ($50.00 after August 16). The cost includes a map of the route, emergency numbers, and SAG stops. Sorry, refunds will NOT be made after the application is accepted. Make all checks payable to: Blueberry Bicycle Cruise, P.O. Box 302, Plymouth, IN 46563.

BBC t-shirts are available for purchase at an “early bird” price of $10.00 ($12.00 after August 16).

The starting point for the BBC (maps to starting point available upon request) will be at Menominee Elementary School, located at the south side of Plymouth on Discovery Lane off of Nutmeg Road. Registration will begin at 6:00 am EST and continue until 11:00 am. Riders may leave at 7:00 am. Those on the 62 mile (100 km) route must depart by 10:00 am. We ask that all riders be off of the routes by 4:00 pm. The BBC will be held rain or shine so be prepared with proper clothing. NOTE: Food & Drink will be available at the SAG stops.

Tire inflation and mechanical assistance will be available at Menominee School and in Culver. Traveling SAGs will be available. We ask that your bike be in good condition and that you be prepared to handle your own minor repairs, such as flat tires.

For more information, call Jill Neidlinger at (574) 936-8898, ext. 369 or (574) 216-0526,

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