October 17, 2013

Thrill Ride: Second annual cycling event sees 135 participants

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The London-Laurel County Tourist Commission and Cumberland Valley Cycling Club hosted their second annual Thriller Ride on Saturday. 

The Thriller Ride weekend started off Friday night with a Block Party, which was sponsored by London Downtown Inc.  The event featured live music from Chris Shouse and Friends.

 Saturday morning, the Halloween-themed Thriller Ride started off promptly at 9 a.m. and took the 135 cyclists who participated all over the county.

The ride offers three routes for cyclists:  the Thriller, a hilly 63-mile route; the Zombie, a 44.5-mile rolling route; and the Halloweenie, a 25-mile route.

“The weather was perfect, the scenery was beautiful, it was a perfect day for a ride,” said Rodney Hendrickson, co-director of the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission.  “We had fewer riders than we expected, and fewer than last year, but we had some competition.”

Hendrickson said there was another ride scheduled that day in Lexington that contributed to the lower than expected numbers.

“We had people from six different states come in for the ride,” Hendrickson said.  “People came from as far as Chicago for the ride and some of them decided to stay the entire weekend to enjoy the natural beauty of our area.”

On the Thriller Ride Facebook page, one such participant —Larry Erhardt of Yorkville, Ind. — commented:

“Great ride, great weather and thanks so much to all those volunteers who made this ride so enjoyable!” he said.