On Saturday, August 2nd, the 10th annual Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.) bicycling event began to a rainy start.
Despite morning downpours, approximately 135 riders participated in the ride, which began at the Grayson County Fairgrounds. The rain did, however, effect turnout numbers as some of the registered riders left.
Organizer Rick Embry said, “A lot of them loaded up and left. They didn’t want to get their bikes wet.”
Like many others, Jack Hedges, an Elizabethtown resident and third-time participant of the R.A.C.K., did not let the weather stop him from partaking in the ride. Hedges said,
“I don’t like starting in the rain, but I don’t mind getting caught in it.” Regardless, Hedges rode in the longest ride of the day.
Each length of the R.A.C.K. began at varying times. The two longest rides, 62 and 45 miles in length, began at 7:30 a.m. The 30-mile ride began at 8 a.m., and the shortest ride, 15 miles, began at 8:15 a.m.
Two Support and Gear (SAG) stops were hosted by the Little Flock and Oak Grove churches.
The R.A.C.K. attracts new as well as veteran cyclists, mostly from outside of Grayson County.
This year’s ride boasted participants from all over the state, including groups from Louisville and Garrard County.
There were no reported injuries.
Free lunch was provided after the ride and 75 free t-shirts were given out.
This year’s free ride was sponsored by Grayson County Tourism and Leitchfield Tourism.