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P.E.I. family cycling event set for Aug. 24

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Families are invited to bring their bikes and join a group ride in Mount Stewart Aug. 24.

The Hillsborough River Association, with the support of Go East P.E.I. (Eastern Region Sport and Recreation Council), is organizing a family-oriented cycling event on the Confederation Trail.

Participants are asked to meet behind the Hillsborough River Eco-Centre next to the Confederation Trail at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start.

This is a free, outdoor, recreational event for all ages and abilities. The rides will roll along the mostly flat Confederation Trail.

Before departure, a bike mechanic will be available to check the condition of bicycles and make minor adjustments accordingly.

Cyclists are asked to pre-register for the ride, preferably by Wednesday, Aug. 21, by contacting Emilie at pisquidwatershed@gmail.com or on Facebook: HRA Watershed Management. For general information please contact Phil at 902-628-1813.

Helmets are required, and participants are asked to bring bug repellent and water, as needed.

An 11-kilometre route will have riders head west out of Mount Stewart and turn around McBrides Road.

A 30-kilometre route will head east toward Morrell and cross several side roads.

In either case, an earlier turn-around will be possible depending on individual circumstances.

All participants will return to the shelter in Mount Stewart for light refreshments.

Participants can travel at their own pace. This is a recreational event, not a competition. Groups will be led by experienced trail volunteers while other volunteers will follow the groups as sweeps, offering support and assistance as needed.

“The Association is pleased to provide this opportunity for children, their parents, families, other adults including seniors to enjoy this recreational cycling ride along the Confederation Trail through the spectacular scenery and pastoral views provided by the Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River and the Mount Stewart Wildlife Management Area,” said Dan McAskill, president of the Hillsborough River Association. “There is a long and interesting history both natural and cultural through this corridor in the Mount Stewart area”.

Copies of “A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated and Extended Edition” will be available for sale.

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What: Family cycling event

Information: Go to www.facebook.com/HRA-Watershed-Management-278285041384/.

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