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41st annual Old Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour set for Friday thru Sunday

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
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Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 — The 41st annual Old Kentucky Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour kicks off this weekend offering participants a premier cycling tour for all ages through the rolling hills of Kentucky Bourbon Country.

The tour begins Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2. All routes begin and end at the Heaven Hill Distillery’s Bourbon Heritage Center, 1311 Gilkey Run Road, adjacent to the Heaven Hill Distillery complex on Loretto Road, KY49.

Whether a beginner or a seasoned century rider, or you just want to enjoy a new activity with the family, the Old Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour, hosted by the Louisville Bicycle Club, has something for everyone! Free state park or gym camping is available to registrants. The Bourbon Heritage Center will be offering limited free Mashbill distillery tours to attendees on Friday and Saturday.

THE SCHEDULE. On Friday, the event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a free 38-mile club ride over the local rolling hills, or you can enjoy a 5-mile test ride on a Pedego electric bike. Pedego bikes will be available all weekend for test rides. The band “Wildfire” will perform Friday evening at Bardstown Community Park, 7-9 pm.

Saturday kicks off with breakfast and your choice of 47, 40, 14, and 10-mile routes. There’s something for all skill levels. The famous “Pottershop Century” is offered, including a free commemorative pin at the top of Pottershop Hill, and also the new “My Old Kentucky Home Metric Century” is offered. The 41-mile “Stamina Pro” route includes complimentary K’LA’s Bourbon Ice Cream and the sounds of the Black Dog String Band at the Kentucky Railway Museum. After returning to the Heaven Hill Hub everyone will enjoy a catered lunch while listening to the tunes of the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. Saturday evening the band “Stoner Road” will play at the downtown Farmer’s Market pavilion.

Sunday begins with a flying pancake breakfast served by Chris Cakes, and then you’re off on your bike. You choose a 27, 40, or 62-mile route, with all routes converging at “The World Famous Cookie Stop” where Gary Vidito will be performing for your entertainment. After your return to the Heaven Hill Hub, wind down your cycling weekend with a pizza party lunch before your journey home.

GIVE BACK & WIN. A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Stephen Foster Drama Association for their amphitheater rebuilding project. OKHT is also participating with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. Attendees are invited to bring a clothing item to donate. A clothing donation can make you eligible for the chance to win a new road bike! You may also purchase $10 chances on another new donated road bike to support our OKHT partner, The American Lung Association, and pick up a free raffle chance to win a $500 participation value in the upcoming “Bike The Bluegrass” event.

Online registration ends August 29, 2018 at noon. Walk-up registration is available at the event.

For more information, please visit www.okht.org or www.Louisvillebicycleclub.org.

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