|YMCA invites all to take part in Y-Rides|
|Sunday, May 18, 2014 8:01 PM|
OTTAWA — The Putnam County YMCA is urging more Putnam County residents to get outside and ride their bicycles. The Y-Rides program began on May 7 but will continue into September at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Rides will start and end in the YMCA parking lot.
Registration/waiver forms available at the YMCA welcome desk on Putnam Parkway. Y-Rides is open and free for everyone. Riders will meet at 6 p.m. and ride out promptly as a group at 6:15 p.m. These rides are led by an experienced cyclist. All riders must be at least 16 years old. Helmets are mandatory: No helmet = no ride. These rides are not intended to be “Family Fun Rides”. No trailers, carriers or tagalongs permitted. Riding on aero-bars is not permitted.
The rides will be approximately 20-25 miles long. The pace will vary depending upon the fitness level of the riders. The intent is to stay together as a group. No rider will be left behind. If necessary, they will split into two groups, with a leader for each.
“We all look forward to our Wednesday evening rides. It is a time to laugh and enjoy the camaraderie that we have all discovered on our ‘Y’ rides,” said Ray Maxson, experienced cyclist and ride leader.
Ride goals are to promote interest in road cycling in Putnam County, to help cyclists become stronger, safe group riders and to allow them to learn more about their bicycles and cycling while having fun.
For more information, contact the Putnam County YMCA at 419-523-5233.