The Conway Advocates for Bicycling and the Conway Interfaith Clinic hosted the second annual Conway Fall Classic Saturday morning in downtown Conway.
According to CAB President Chad Files, the tour consisted of three rides for all levels of cyclists. The community/family ride was eight miles through Conway, the medium ride was 28 miles to Plummerville and back and the long ride consisted of 52 miles to Plummerville and back to downtown Conway through Greenbrier.
Files said all of the rides were fully supported with aid vehicles to assist with any situations that could arise.
The Fall Classic also provided lunch and live music to riders after the tour. Doctors with Hurley Chiropractic and Living Well Chiropractic were on hand to provide chair massages for riders.
CAB also presented their Bicycle Advocate of the Year award to Conway mayor Tab Townsell.
"After seeing such high gas prices not too long ago, we realized that we’ve got to be able to get around the city without a vehicle," Townsell said. "We believe in it (bicycling), and we believe it adds to the quality of life. We’ll work together to make Conway bicycle friendly."
The annual bike ride is a fundraiser for both non-profit organizations.
"We’re hoping to raise $7,000 this year," Rhonda Dickson, a member of the Conway Interfaith Clinic Board of Directors, said. "It will help us continue to provide our services to the community."
The Conway Interfaith Clinic provides medical and dental care for working uninsured patients, as well children with ARKids or Medicaid and low-income adults.
According to their website, the mission of CAB is to "encourage the development and use of facilities for bicycling, provide educational information for both bicyclists and motorists, defend the rights of bicyclists, provide bicycle safety training and sponsor activities that provide more opportunities for the citizens of Conway to enjoy bicycling."
Dickson said the bike tour has grown since last year’s inaugural ride and hopes the fundraiser continues to grow next year, including the addition of a 100-mile ride. Dickson attributed the growth to community support.
"We have had tons of support from the community," Dickson said. Several local businesses donated food or services for this year’s classic.
Dickson said the groups fed nearly 200 riders after Saturday’s tour.
For more information on the Conway Advocates for Bicycling or the Comway Interfaith Clinic, visit their websites, www.cycleconway.org and www.conwayinterfaithclinic.org.
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