A New Traditionby Dave Stewart
The Louisville Bicycle Club is more than 100 years old. In that 100 years of existence, many traditions have been established by the Club and its members. The Old Kentucky Home Tour and the Tour de Gil rides are all club traditions. There are the blue and yellow jerseys, the pink jerseys for 25,000 lifetime miles and the jerseys for 50,000 miles. There are the mugs for those who help and The Skull for the one who dies.
Another long-time Louisville tradition is the Kentucky Derby. Besides the horse racing, Thunder, the Mini, the steamboat race and the parade, another Kentucky Derby Festival tradition has begun... the Wheels of Justice Bike Ride.
The third annual Kentucky Derby Festival Wheels of Justice Bike Ride will be April 25, 1999, with the start and finish at Captain’s Quarters. The KDF Wheels of Justice Bike Ride has several new features this year. In addition to the traditional 20- and 30-mile routes, there will be a fun and challenging 50-mile route. SAG stops will be added to all three routes. The 50-mile ride will start at 9:00 AM and the shorter rides at 10:00 AM. For the first time, there will be Time Trials coordinated by the Club before the Wheels of Justice Bike Ride from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. From noon until 3:00 PM there will be a party with music and door prices. Have your family and friends join you for a great time by the river after the ride.
Be among the first 250 registrants and receive a special “collectible” Kentucky Derby Festival Wheels of Justice pin that is part of another tradition: the Corporate Pin Set. This pin set is highly collectible and the pins are great for swapping at other rides and tours. New merchandise will be offered: a specially designed official KDF Wheels of Justice bike jersey and sweat shirt. Collect the set from the beginning! All the details will be the brochure for the ride.
Talk to your friends and fellow riders — get up a team and join us. The short routes are moderately hilly and the 50-mile route is a good, early season workout. The Time Trial will be a USCF-sanctioned, very flat, 10-mile, out-and-back route. Try for your early-season personal best record for that distance. It’ll be a great way to follow up your stellar performance in the Spring Race Series. All riders will be treated to the beautiful scenery of Jefferson and Oldham counties.
For more information, please call David Stewart at 502-636-3297 or you can request a brochure by calling 502-585-6980, mail box 810.
Proceeds from the Bike Ride and the Time Trial benefit the Legal Aid Society, a non-profit law firm providing civil legal services to low income people in Jefferson County and 14 surrounding counties. In 1998, their lawyers, paralegals with the help of volunteer lawyers and paralegals served 2,696 people. Over 8,000 family members benefited. Their work, and your participation in a great ride, makes a positive difference in the lives of the clients and their families by pursuing justice and restoring hope.
Put April 25 on your calendar and don’t miss the fun. Race and ride. Watch your mail or favorite bike shop for the “official” brochure that will be available after March 12th.
Join in the fun. Join in the tradition. Join in the justice.
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Web posted: 23 February 1999
last updated: 28 February 1999
by Duc M. Do