Registration is underway for the 48th annual Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bicycle Tour, being held Sunday.
Approximately 500 people typically turn out for the ride, with routes ranging from 20 to 100 miles.
Event coordinator Paul Craun encourages individuals and families to consider participating in the short 20- or 33-mile routes, which take riders from the starting point at the University of Findlay’s Koehler Recreation Center to Pleasant Grove Church near Bluffton. There, they will be treated to live dulcimer music, a campfire and lots of refreshments.
“We’re trying to get local people to come out, sit around a park-like setting, have a nice community campfire with an easy 10-mile ride in, 10 miles out,” Craun said.
Anyone who embarks on any of the other routes, which include 50, 68 or 100 miles, will pass by this rest stop, Craun said. Longer routes take riders to Ottawa.
Activities begin at the Koehler Center, 1250 N. Main St., from 4-9 p.m. Saturday with packet pickup and vendor displays. A Dietsch’s ice cream social runs from 5-7:30 p.m., and steel drum musician Tim Mattis will perform from 5:30-7:30.
Ride-day packet pickup is available from 6:30-9 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be served from 6:15-8:15.
Riders will depart at their convenience, from 7:30-9:30 a.m., taking into consideration the lunch and rest stop times for their route.
A welcome-back reception will take place from 1-6 p.m. at the Koehler Center, featuring certificate stickers and ride patches, professional sports massages, ice cream and showers.
Registration is available at www.hancockhorizontalhundred.com. Call Craun at 419-424-8782 for more information.