Cyclists Celebrate Independence With Holiday Ride
Posted July 5, 2001 6:54 a.m. EDT
CARY, N.C. — Hundreds of bicyclists hit the road early Wednesday morning for an annual Fourth of July event.
Almost 400 riders, in all shapes and sizes, participated in the ninth annual Firecracker 100K bike ride. Riders left from Cary at 8 a.m. The 63-mile ride took them to Chapel Hill and back. It is the largest cycling event in Wake County this year.
"It just started out as a group of friends getting together to ride on the Fourth of July because none of us had anything to do that day, so we just decided well, if we're going to ride on the Fourth of July, let's just have a big party," event organizer Kevin Coggins said.
Riders were treated to two catered rest stops where ice cream and watermelon were served. They can also get a massage for their sore legs after the ride for $1 per minute.