The tenth annual Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.) will be held this Saturday, August 2, and event officials request that motorists exercise caution when passing participating bicyclists.
Rick Embry, of Embry’s Bike Division, said officials are expecting around 200 bicyclists to participate in this year’s R.A.C.K. Ride, which will begin Saturday morning at the Grayson County Fairgrounds, located on Hwy 259 North in Leitchfield.
The number of anticipated participants - the majority of whom are not from Grayson County - this year is a significant increase from the 2013 event, which had 170 participants, Embry said.
“We’re going to have a good turnout, I think,” said Embry.
Three riding groups will take off from the fairgrounds. Bicyclists in the 62- and 45-mile rides will leave the fairgrounds at 7:30 a.m.; bicyclists in the 30-mile ride will leave the fairgrounds at 8 a.m.; and bicyclists in the 15-mile ride will leave the fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m.
All three groups will ride on Millerstown Road in Leitchfield during the event. Embry said R.A.C.K. officials are requesting that motorists, individuals with dogs, and others out on the roads be mindful of the many bicyclists out on the roads.
“Millerstown Road will be busy Saturday until about noon,” he said.
The ride, sponsored by Grayson County Tourism and Leitchfield Tourism, is free, and participants may sign up on the day of the event. Helmets are required, and participants will be expected to sign a release form prior to the event.
For more information about the 2014 R.A.C.K. Ride, call Embry’s Bike Division at 270-259-3900.