SEBRING - Sebring will be the cycling mecca for 360 cyclists for the 16th Annual Highlands Bike Fest Dec. 6-8 hosted by Kenilworth Lodge and the Highlands Pedalers Bicycle Club.
Cyclists, dressed in colorful spandex, will arrive from Canada and 11 states to ride the scenic country roads of Highlands County. Riders can choose from routes of 20 miles up to 62 miles (a metric century) each day and 100 miles on Saturday. All rides have professional "sag" service for minor road repairs, and rest and refreshment stops will be provided by The Apostolic Church. These are not races and casual riders of all ages are welcome.
Safety has been addressed by clear road markings, maps and road service. All riders wear helmets and are encouraged not to use electronic devices while riding. Cyclists will follow traffic regulations and, in the past, riders have commented on the courteousness of Highlands County motorists who give cyclists a minimum of three feet clearance on the roads.
Highlands Pedalers Club members are working on all aspects of the event. Massages will be provided by Dee of Euphoria Day Spa, bike gear from Legacy Bike Shop, juices from Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co., Road ID for rider numbers, Henscratch Winery for discounts, Jim Harris Sports Photography, coupons from Chicane's Restaurant, gourmet food by Chef Mac and sag service by Dave Sag.
Proceeds from the Highlands Bike Fest help fund bicycle safety programs. The Youth TriPower Team received a contribution to help them send 10 of their athletes to the National IronKids Championships in Iowa. For details, go to www.highlandspedalers.com or www.highlandsbikefest.com.