Polar Bear Metric Century Cycling

There are a number of events available to area cyclists, including the annual Polar Bear Metric Century that raises funds for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.

DAVIDSON – Cyclists from throughout the Carolinas and beyond are expected in Davidson for the 21st Polar Bear Metric Century bicycle ride to benefit the  the Ada Jenkins Center. The ride will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, with staging at the Ingersoll Rand facility on East Beaty Street. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 10.

Sponsored by the north Mecklenburg-based Rocky River Road Club (RRRC), the annual event has become a seasonal highlight on the Carolinas cycling calendar and a community-service fixture for the RRRC, a U.S. Cycling Federation sanctioned club established to promote the sport of cycling through a variety of competitive and social events.

The Polar Bear Ride will provide participants the chance to pedal in half and full metric-century bicycle rides through the Lake Norman area.

The cost is $30. Minors ride free with a parent, but ANSI or SNELL approved helmets are required for all riders. Registration is available at www.s2fevents.racesonline.com, and details and additional information are available at www.rockyriverroadclub.org and on the group’s Facebook page.

The entry entitles participants to subs, hot soup and hot chocolate, and all pre-registered riders are eligible for door prizes from sponsors, including Brickhouse Tavern, Port City Club, The Cyclepath and Davidson Therapeutic Massage.

A snow/rain date, if needed, will be Saturday, Jan. 19.

For cyclists who need support, vehicles will cruise the course to assist and transport riders back to the starting point. On-site and on-road support will be provided by The Cyclepath.

Money raised from the event will support the Ada Jenkins Center’s efforts to provide a wide range of health, education, job-training, financial management and basic life-improvement training for north Mecklenburg residents.

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