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Country Roads Fall Foliage Bike Tour set for Sept. 18 - Times Herald Record

 GOSHEN – The Orange County Bicycle Club’s annual Country Roads Fall Foliage Bike Tour will be held Sept. 18, beginning and ending at Warwick Town Park, 116 Union Corners Road.
The charity bike tour, commonly known as “The Ride with the Camels,” will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, and The Sanctuary for Animals, home to the tour’s famous camels.

The Country Roads tour offers participants four cycling routes – 10, 25, 45, or 65 miles each. Riders have the option of riding individually at their own pace following marked and signed roads with accompanying cue sheets or riding in a group led by an experienced Orange County Bicycle Club member.

The cost is $45 per adult rider for preregistration, which includes a complimentary t-shirt, and $10 for children under age 12. The cost for “day of event” registration is $55 per adult and $15 per child under 12 (t-shirt not included for “day of” registrations). Online registration is open now at active.com, key words “Orange County Country Roads.” The tour is a rain-or-shine event; no refunds will be provided.

Tour day registration and check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Recommended departure times are 8 a.m. for the 65-mile route, 8:30 a.m. for the 45-mile route, 10 a.m. for the 25 mile route, and 10:30 a.m. for the 10-mile route. All cyclists start no later than 10:30 a.m.

Registered riders will enjoy well-marked routes and SAG support will be available to assist riders as needed. Rest stops placed at reasonable intervals along each of the routes will include snacks, beverages, and bathroom facilities. Lunch and live music will be provided at Warwick Town Park following the ride.

“Catholic Charities is excited to once again be partnering with the Orange County Bicycle Club for the annual charity Ride with the Camels,” said Dr. Dean Scher, executive director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan. “Each year, more than 400 cyclists ride through our beautiful Orange County countryside to raise funds for three nonprofit organizations that assist those in need, from youth to adults to our furry friends at The Animal Sanctuary.”

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