BikeMO ride to raise money for cycling advocacy

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 14, 2010

HOLTS SUMMIT — About 150 to 200 cyclists are expected to gear up this weekend for the sixth annual BikeMO fundraising ride put on by the Missouri Bicycle Federation.

The ride will take place Saturday in Holts Summit, five miles north of Jefferson City.


According to its website, the Missouri Bicycle Federation has helped to:

  • Repeal the mandatory sidepath law.
  • defeat the propasal in the Missouri legislature that required cyclists to ride on the wrong side of the road.
  • Defeat the bill requiring cyclists to ride single file.
  • Update to the Missouri Driver Guide, including the entire chapter "Sharing the Road."
  • Promote consideration of bicyclists needs in planning rumble strip policies.

"It's one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Missouri Bicycle Federation," said Brent Hugh, the federation's executive director.

The event promotes cycling and better conditions for cyclists in the state.

The ride starts at 9 a.m., and the riders usually gather around 7:30 a.m., Hugh said. Cyclists of all experience levels can ride as the event offers 17-, 37-, 62- and 100-mile routes, Hugh said.

According to the BikeMO website, the routes are some of the most beautiful and scenic loops in mid-Missouri. All are on mostly flat, paved roads, with low traffic, though there are some steep hills. The route takes riders through or alongside the Mark Twain National Forest.

Individual registration is $30 a rider, or $20 for student and low-income riders, and includes a T-shirt. 

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