One of the area’s most popular annual events, the 35th Annual Amish Country Bike Tour, is only a month away and already has over 1,700 riders queued up.
The tour will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a registered rolling start on Dover’s Legislative Mall. Bike support will be available prior to the ride start on the mall. Routes of 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles are planned for cyclists of all ages and abilities, with rest stops spread throughout each route. All routes include the famous Amish School House in Dover and locally made, fresh-baked pies. Bike Delaware volunteers will provide support for riders until 5 p.m.
Longer routes take riders past Harvest Ridge Winery on the state line in Marydel and feature a stop at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna. Riders can enjoy healthy snacks and beverages at all planned rest stops. When cyclists return to Legislative Mall after finishing their rides, they can take time to celebrate being in the great outdoors with friends and family.
Any one of the four food trucks – Wildwich, Delaware Provisions, Outlandish and Masala Kitchen – will accept riders’ meal tickets for a variety of lunch options. Sodas and water are included. Beer, wine, cider and hard seltzer will be available from NKS for purchase at $5 per ticket. Throughout the day, additional purchases can be made from the food trucks. Glass Onion will provide live music and there will be more than 30 vendors to visit. Rider photos will be done by Finisher Pix, with finisher awards for all riders.
New for 2021 is a virtual challenge, available through Friday, Sept. 17. Sponsored by AARP, the virtual challenge allows riders to follow their choice of any of the routes at their own pace and track their progress.
Registration for both events is ongoing. Those registered for the in-person event will receive email updates as the ride approaches.