The annual Tour de Bluff Bike Fun Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, beginning with registration at 7 a.m. at The Pines mall parking lot.
Novel T’s Custom Screen Printing and Ad Specialty Gallery and ARORA are hosting the event.
“Organizers have set up a fun-filled day that features bicycle safety information, sporty bicycle maneuvers, a 21 ½ mile Pine Bluff to Altheimer race, and bicycle courses designed for riders to travel any comfortable distance from 1 mile to 62 miles,” according to a news release.
Tour de Bluff is a family activity for people of all ages to learn the safe way to enjoy bicycling. Anyone can participate, according to the release.
Following the registration Sept. 30, a Tony Carruth memorial presentation will start the event at 8 a.m.
“Tony Carruth, former owner of Tony’s Radical Sportz in White Hall, was tragically killed, along with his mother, in a recent house fire,” according to a spokesman. “Tony was a strong supporter of Tour de Bluff since its inception. As a tribute to his dedication to cycling for all, Tour de Bluff ’s title will now include Tony Carruth’s name.”
After the memorial, road racers who would like to compete for the Tour de Bluff title will start the 21 ½ mile course from Pine Bluff to Altheimer and back. Leisure riders wanting to ride the course “just for fun” and distance riders will begin after all racers have started.
While the riders are gone, other participants may watch and/or participate in games and activities. These include a bicycle safety demonstration, a fire engine display by the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department, a best looking bike contest, and sporty bike maneuvers.
4H and Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities have partnered for Bicycle Safety stations to teach safe riding skills. The course is designed to help 4H members prepare for the 4H bicycle competition, however, anyone can participate.
Tour de Bluff is also setup as a Boy Scout Challenge. Boy Scouts can work on their Cycling Merit Badge and earn a patch.
“The goal for Tour de Bluff is to show people how to stay in shape while having fun and helping people rediscover the joy of bicycle riding as a great way to accomplish this goal,” a spokesman said.
Other sponsors for the event include Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities, 4H, The Pines mall, Affinity Health, and Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department.
Details: www.TourDeBluff.com or Facebook.com/TourDeBluff or Kenneth or Sandra Fisher, 870-534-0233.