The 11th annual Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.) will be held next Saturday, Aug. 1, and event coordinators are asking that motorists exercise caution while on the roads that morning.
Motorists are asked to be aware and courteous of, and polite to bicyclists participating in the 2015 R.A.C.K.
“We just want people to be safe and wear their helmets,” said Joyce Embry, of Embry’s Bike Shop, who coordinated the event with her husband, Rick.
Bicyclists participating in the 2015 R.A.C.K. will be divided into four groups by the distance of their routes. The four groups consist of cyclists riding 62 miles, 45 miles, 30 miles, and 15 miles.
“Everybody just loves the ride,” said Joyce Embry, adding that several cyclists return to participate in the R.A.C.K. year after year.
The ride takes off from the Grayson County Fairgrounds in Leitchfield, and bicyclists will follow road markings that vary in color depending on their chosen routes.
Bicyclists participating in the 62- and 45-mile routes will take off from the fairgrounds at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and bicyclists participating in the 30- and 15-mile routes will begin at 8 a.m.
“We do keep them all going in the same direction,” Joyce Embry said.
As of Thursday, July 23, 90 bicyclists had registered in the 2015 R.A.C.K., and officials expect around 200 bicyclists to participate in this year’s event, in which cyclists may participate free of charge.
The Leitchfield Tourism Commission funds the R.A.C.K. through a grant, and event coordinators wish to thank the Tourism Commission, as well as local bicyclists, the Leitchfield Lions Club, Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and Little Flock Missionary Baptist Church for volunteering their funding, time, and facilities to the event.
“They’re very generous,” Joyce Embry said.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.