Staying in shape can be fun! To prove it, Novel T’s Custom Screen Printing and Ad Specialty Gallery and ARORA are hosting the annual Tour de Bluff Bike Fun Day.
Organizers have set up a fun-filled day that features bicycle safety information, sporty bicycle maneuvers, a 21 ½ mile Pine Bluff to Altheimer race, and bicycle courses designed for riders to travel any comfortable distance from 1 mile to 62 miles.
Tour de Bluff is a family activity for people of all ages to learn the safe way to enjoy bicycling. Anyone can participate; those who are just learning to ride a bicycle; those who ride regularly; and those who haven’t been on a bicycle since they were kids.
The day begins at 7:00 a.m. with registration at The Pines Mall parking lot. A Tony Carruth memorial presentation will start the event at 8:00 a.m. Tony Carruth, former owner of Tony’s Radical Sportz in White Hall, was tragically killed along with his mother in a recent house fire. Tony was a strong supporter of Tour De Bluff since its inception. As a tribute to his dedication to cycling for all, Tour De Bluff’s title will now include Tony Carruth’s name.
Immediately after the memorial, road racers who would like to complete for the Tour de Bluff title start the 21 ½ mile course from Pine Bluff to Altheimer and back. Leisure riders wanting to ride the course any distance “just for fun” and distance riders will begin after all racers have started.
While they are gone, others may watch and/or participate in the fun games and activities, which include a bicycle safety demonstration, a Fire Engine display by the Pine Bluff Fire Department, a “BEST LOOKING BIKE” contest, and sporty bike maneuvers. 4H and Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities have partnered for Bicycle Safety stations to teach safe riding skills.
The course is designed to help 4H members prepare for the 4H bicycle competition, however, anyone can participate. Tour De Bluff is also setup as a Boy Scout Challenge. Boy Scouts can work on their Cycling Merit Badge and earn a patch.
The goal for Tour de Bluff is to show people how to stay in shape while having fun and helping people rediscover the joy of bicycle riding as a great way to accomplish this goal.
Other sponsors for the event include Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities, 4H, Pines Mall, Affinity Health, and, Pine Bluff Fire Department.